Local recycling of green waste

We have a green waste and wood waste recycling facility here in town, called the Bolinas-Stinson Resource Recovery Project. It means that tree trimmings, garden waste, and all other manner of vegetative materials can be dropped off in town and turned into compost. It’s a great setup, and it keeps things local: no fuel to truck it somewhere, no dumping in landfills. I’d heard about the gigantic tub grinder that comes to town every three or four months, but never seen it in operation. Yesterday I happened upon it at work and shot some photos. Awesome to watch this powerful machine in operation.

It costs $1000 to move it here, and then $400 an hour while in operation and it grinds everything up beautifully. The big files are then turned about six times by a backhoe, and then the compost is sold locally. Among other things, it makes a great mulch.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

2 Responses to Local recycling of green waste

  1. The town near us has a similar organic recycling program, which is great! Yard waste can be dropped off, but also they pick up throughout the city (leaves, bagged grass clippings, etc.). You can go out to where they shred and compost, and load your own compost and mulch for free. Or for $4 they'll use a front loader and dump a yard in the back of your pickup. I've often wondered how many other cities are providing this service.

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