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Bobcat Blend honored with 2014 TxSWANA Finest Award

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
April 3, 2014

Bobcat Blend, the student-run composting operation at Texas State University, has been honored with the TxSWANA Finest Award for solid waste management for 2013-14.

TxSWANA is the Lone Star Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). The annual Solid Waste Management Awards are designed to recognize Texas communities and institutions for planning and implementing programs that enhance environmental quality through increased recycling, material recovery and improved methods of managing the collection and disposal of waste and recyclable material. Through this recognition, TxSWANA hopes to encourage other cities to adopt such programs as ways of advancing solid waste management throughout Texas.

The award will be presented April 9 in Austin during the annual TxSWANA conference.

Bobcat Blend collects food waste on campus to create compost to be sold or used back on campus or in the community. During the 2012-2013 academic year, Bobcat Blend diverted 80.4 tons of food waste from the landfill to produce a quality soil amendment.

Previously, Bobcat Blend was honored with the 2013 Texas Environmental Excellence Award in the area of education from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

For more information on Bobcat Blend or to volunteer, visit www.facilities.txstate.edu/grounds/recycling/eventsandprojects/bobcatblend.html or contact Tina Cade at tc10@txstate.edu.