UA's Compost Cats open center in Santa Cruz County

UA's Compost Cats open center in Santa Cruz County
The University of Arizona has teamed up Santa Cruz County to open the area's first compost center next to Rio Rico High. (Source: Tucson News Now)

RIO RICO, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The University of Arizona has teamed up Santa Cruz County to open the area's first compost center next to Rio Rico High.

The center's creation was made possible by a $91,000 grant from the EPA.

UA's Compost Cats, a group of students dedicate to increasing composting across southern Arizona, will train and employ local Rio Rico students to work at the center.

The new center will compost about 3,000 tons of produce a year that would otherwise end up in landfills.

"That produce, there's something better to be done with (it)," said Chester Phillips, director of the Compost Cats program "We can get some of that to people who need it and if it is actually spoiled and can't feed people, we can turn that into compost and re-invest in our agricultural soils."

The compost will be used on farms, gardens and range-lands.

Helping both the environment and helping agricultural production across the region.

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