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NCSU Park Scholars with McGill president, Noel Lyons (2nd from right)

For a group of students exploring links between economics and the environment, what better place for a tour stop than the McGill Regional Composting Facility at Merry Oaks just south of Raleigh, NC?  Students from the Park Scholarships program at North Carolina State University made a late-March visit to hear Noel Lyons, McGill president, talk about the company’s milestones and challenges through 20-plus years of growth.

cary promotes compost useLast month, town officials in Cary, North Carolina, organized another of their popular compost giveaway events.  Residents loaded up free compost manufactured from waste materials generated by the community.

As a result, the line of cars, trucks and SUVs often spills into the street for Cary compost distributions.  This year, vehicle count for the “while it lasts” divvy-up was 204.

Sending waste off to be recycled only takes us halfway around the recycling loop.  To close it, people must use the products manufactured from those residuals and by-products.

The folks in Cary get it.  They also get gallons of irrigation water saved.  Other benefits include stormwater runoff reduction and lower water treatment costs.  Plus, every patch of suburban lawn or sports field amended with compost sequesters carbon.