TCEQ: 2013 TEEA Winner, Education - Texas State University, San Marcos - Bobcat Blend





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Published on May 1, 2013

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In 2009, Texas State University students received a grant to study whether composting can be used to effectively destroy invasive water hyacinth and create nutrient-rich compost for application in agricultural and horticultural industries. Bobcat Blend students are not afraid to get their hands dirty. On top of conducting research that successfully demonstrated that this invasive species can be used as a primary feedstock to create compost within accepted industry quality standards, student activities diverted 57 tons of organic waste from the landfill last year and reduced university costs and fuel usage through fewer waste hauls. A portion of the generated compost is used in outdoor classrooms and on campus landscapes while Bobcat Blend sells the remainder to community gardens. Meet our winner in the Education category: Bobcat Blend Composting, Texas State University.

The Texas Environmental Excellence Awards--a program of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality--celebrate outstanding waste reduction and pollution prevention projects.

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