Breakthrough Composting Technology: Ready for Prime Time
New Sacramento-region Facility to turn food waste into liquid fertilizer in just 3 hours
McClellan, CA (January 20, 2016) – Patent-pending, breakthrough technology developed by California Safe Soil (CSS) could be a game-changer in the world of sustainable agriculture. For the past three years, CSS has operated a pilot program in West Sacramento that turns food from supermarkets, which can no longer be safely sold or donated, into liquid fertilizer for farms. The drought-friendly product is called Harvest to Harvest (H2H), and it takes only three hours to produce. Farmers can use H2H in their fields to restore organic matter to the soil and grow the next crop. For consumers, this could pave the way for a sustainably grown section at their local the produce department, right alongside regular and organic fruits and vegetables.
Today, CCS is moving from the pilot stage to full scale commercialization with the announcement of a long-term lease at McClellan Business Park, where the company will construct a new Facility designed to recycle up to 32,000 tons of organics per year. Save Mart Supermarkets will provide the food products as part of a long-term agreement. “We began composting in the 1990’s, but the CSS technology is ‘Compost 2.0,’ converting our organic residuals into a valuable liquid fertilizer so that our local farm partners can grow their next crop for us to bring to market. Save Mart is proud to play a key role in making that happen,” said Steve Gaines, Director of Retail Services for the Modesto-based grocer.
With a target opening date of Spring 2016, this new 80,000-square foot location will generate 38 “green collar” jobs and produce enough H2H for 128,000 acres of sustainable local California agriculture. It’ll also produce 3,200 tons of feed for sustainably-raised local California livestock, while reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions by 74,000 MTCO2e, which is equivalent to taking 15,000 cars off the road. The new Facility has a small environmental footprint, with no significant air emissions, liquid effluent, solid wastes, or nuisance odors, and will recycle essentially 100% of the organics it takes in.
Larry Kelly, President of McClellan Park, commented: “The Sacramento region is in the forefront of developing new agricultural technologies and improving the sustainability of agriculture. Not only is Sacramento the ‘Farm to Fork’ capital, but with CSS’s new technology, we’re now the ‘Fork to Farm’ capital. We’re committed to playing a constructive role in the sustainable development of our community. This agreement is a further affirmation of McClellan’s attraction as a premier regional business park. We look forward to CSS’s successful development at their McClellan Park site.”
“Save Mart and McClellan Park are great partners for CSS. Save Mart is a leader in introducing new ideas that offer their customers more sustainably grown, healthy food alternatives. For their part, McClellan Park has done an exemplary job recycling a Cold War era U.S. Air force base into a thriving business community. As an agricultural recycler, they are a perfect fit to host our new Facility,” added Dan Morash, Founder of CSS.
CSS was represented in the McClellan transaction by Tom Tyer, SIOR, and Bing Hickman of Colliers. Tom added: “This was certainly one of the more interesting deals I’ve had the privilege of working on. The science and processing aspects coupled with the brick and mortar requirements, made the CSS assignment one for which Colliers is ideally suited.”
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About CSS - CSS is commercializing a breakthrough technology to recycle organics from supermarkets into a proprietary liquid fertilizer called Harvest to Harvest (H2H), and a solid livestock feed called Hog Heaven. We use heat, mechanical action and enzymes in a three hour process that eliminates waste, cuts GHG emissions, increases crop yields and improves the sustainability of agriculture. CSS expects its technology to make a meaningful contribution to reducing food waste and improving agricultural productivity. See our website, www.CalSafeSoil.com, follow us on Twitter: @calsafesoil_H2H, or view our video at https://vimeo.com/120824423.