We're Gearing Up For Some Big Changes!
As many in our network are aware, Compost Cats made the difficult decision to stop accepting all new organic waste inputs in March 2019. We also ceased all sales of our compost in May 2019 and since then, we've been hard at work closing out of our main operational site at San Xavier Cooperative Farm in order to transition the facility to the Los Reales Landfill (LRL). Over the last several months, we have been coordinating closely with the City of Tucson Environmental Services Department to both obtain the necessary environmental permitting and waivers to open a facility at LRL, while also transferring the responsibilities for the operation of the compost facility from Compost Cats to the City of Tucson. This is an exciting move that will allow both partners to maximize their strengths moving forward.
The City of Tucson expects to open a new facility in mid-summer 2020 and will begin accepting organic material for composting again once open. The City and Compost Cats are currently drafting a new intergovernmental agreement that will pivot Compost Cats toward the University's strengths of education, outreach, and research, without compromising our goals of waste diversion, student empowerment, and greater food security throughout our community.
Until this new facility at LRL is open, continue to take your compostables to a local community garden. Small amounts of organic waste can be taken to the UArizona Community Garden on 1400 E Mabel St.
To request more information, please contact Compost Cats' Program Manager, Dr. Ilse Rojas, or call 520-621-5653.
We're also working on a new website that should launch by fall 2020, so stay tuned!
We Can Still Use Your Help
As Compost Cats navigates the transition from operator to educator, we will be focusing much more heavily on compost and recycling trainings, K-12 education, community outreach, and work with local partners to increase food security. In order to expand our capacity to provide these services and to continue our innovative and novel approaches to these outreach efforts, we still need your support and the support of the Tucson community!
We're Hiring New Students!
The University of Arizona Compost Cats program is now hiring for 2-4 new student employees to start in late Spring 2020!
The successful candidates will assist with the day-to-day operations of the UArizona Compost Cats program. This role involves, but is not limited to, the creation and implementation of composting, waste management, and K-12 and community-focused STEM programming/curricula, trainings for commercial business employees, potential operation of small-scale equipment for organic materials processing, collection and reporting of data to the Compost Cats Program Manager, auditing and/or decontamination of food waste loads (please be prepared to get dirty), participation in zero-waste effort events, and sale of finished products, including mulch and compost. The successful candidates will inform and inspire the Tucson community about food waste reduction, materials cycling, soil health, sustainable agriculture, and environmental stewardship.
Availability in Tucson during summer 2020 is preferred but not required.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, if selected for an interview, candidates may opt for a Zoom interview in lieu of an in-person interview, without penalty.
To request more information, please contact Compost Cats' Program Manager, Dr. Ilse Rojas.