The only industrial compost farm in the Omaha area produces local soil and mulch

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – Hillside Solutions is a waste transportation company that operates Gretna Sanitation and Soil Dynamics.

April 22nd, 2021 may be Earth Day, but this company is putting the meaning of the day into action. They operate the only industrial compost farm in the Omaha area.

Unlike a backyard compost heap, they can hold more than just leftover food and garden debris.

“In an industrial location, we can provide meat, dairy, bones, compostable papers and restaurants with plenty of compostable take-away service,” said Brent Crampton, Director of Partnerships.

“Most people understand recycling, people make things and we’re going to reuse those things, that’s recycling. Composting is nature makes things and we’re going to reuse things nature does,” said Crampton.

They have teamed up with a few dozen schools and regional companies to collect their compost and turn it into soil.

The floor making process takes about a year.

Their main facility is in Ashland, but they have a transfer location near Omaha Airport. You can see local trees being turned into mulch. You can also buy the local soil and mulch.

The Gretna Sanitation facility also has a fleet of trucks that run on compressed natural gas. Black Hills Energy provided incentives for them to switch to CNG as the vehicles minimize their environmental impact by reducing greenhouse gas emissions when using household fuel.

Some of these trucks are helping with their publicly accessible Compost Club program. For a monthly fee, you can drop off compostable material at certain locations. Then you can get soil back or donate soil credits to places like The Big Garden. The nonprofit says it benefited from the program.

“So far, people have donated 111 cubic feet of ground credit. I don’t know how many pickups there are, but there will be a lot of compost coming our way,” said Jaimee Trobough of The Big Garden.

From those who make food and throw away the waste to those who use the composted soil to grow more food, Trobough and Crampton value the partnership and community created by local businesses and organizations. They said it helps with the mission to limit waste and help the environment.

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