Green and equestrian discard materials used to be trucked out of West Marin to facilities in East Marin or beyond. Diversion of West Marin organic discard materials away from landfill disposal to reuse within West Marin will benefit all Marin residents. Composting in Marin will reduce greenhouse gasses in the landfill while creating high quality soil amendments locally.
Hundreds of tons of nutrients are purposefully imported into the region each year in the form of inorganic and organic feed and fertilizers. Some of these have the potential to contribute to the concentration of nutrients in West Marin surface waters. A local biological soil amendment will reduce the need to import nutrients from beyond West Marin, and thus reduce the potential for excess nutrients to end up in surface waters. Making and using compost locally provides agricultural operations with a tool to help them meet recently established TMDL water quality standards. Compost is vital to organic farming, and the number of organic acres is increasing in Marin County.
Because finished compost is a dry material it is much less costly to apply to land than wet manure. Finished compost is odorless and much less mobile under rainfall conditions than manure. Properly composted material does not contain viable weed seeds, which liquid manure often does, so spreading compost does not spread thistles or other weeds.
West Marin Compost is owned by Kevin and Nancy Lunny, well respected West Marin residents. They firmly believe in good business practices that will benefit the community they live in.