Community Composting in a Small Mexican Town
Jardin de Composta in Los De Marcos
Piles of yard waste no longer sit on the streets of Lo De Marcos. Burning of yard waste no longer pollutes the air. As well residents of the town receive a small income from selling the finished compost. Students at the local schools are involved in the compost process and the community garden.
Excerpt from Recycle Committee Report
November 2012 – Amigos de Lo de Marcos
Compost is being screened and bagged every Saturday morning by our compost students (Beto, Neto, Fernando, Adrian, Francisco, and Esteban). Last Saturday, they filled more than 80 bags in 4 hours.
55 bags of Compost Futures have been redeemed – 125 bags remain to be redeemed. Your compost futures may be redeemed on Wednesday or Saturday mornings at the Compost Lot.
Over 100 bags of screened compost is in inventory to be sold or redeemed. Estimated 780 bags to be sold or redeemed by year end.
Compost may be purchased at the compost lot during open hours or at Julia’s Fruteria seven days a week. A 10 gallon bag of compost sells for 60 pesos per bag.
Based on Jose’s annual budget, 25 pesos of each bag sold pays the contract manager (Jose), 15 pesos pays for student labor, 15 pesos pays for machine time (moving and turning the material) and 5 pesos pays for miscellaneous expenses.