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Composter Of The Year

Yard waste manager brings home national award for his "black gold."

March 8, 2007

When it comes to creating "black gold" out of rubble and refuse from the yard, Steve Elliott is Mecklenburg County's master alchemist. At its recent annual conference, the U.S. Composting Council named Steve Elliott "Composter of the Year" for 2006.

When it comes to creating "black gold" out of rubble and refuse from the yard, Steve Elliott is Mecklenburg County's master alchemist. At its recent annual conference, the U.S. Composting Council named Steve Elliott "Composter of the Year" for 2006.

Employed with Mecklenburg County for 25 years, Steve is the operations manager for Compost Central and the County's three other yard waste centers. He also works to train people across Mecklenburg County and North Carolina in the arts of composting and waste reduction.

Since 1989, Mecklenburg County has been in the composting business. Over the years, that business has spread to four locations across the County. Compost Central, off West Boulevard, is the largest municipal composting facility in North Carolina and serves as a model for other communities. Tree limbs and other yard waste is ground up into high-quality mulch or compost and offered for sale. With sixteen employees, Steve operates the four centers by relying on tipping fees and sales, not property taxes.

"By naming Steve 'Composter of the Year,' the U.S. Composting Council recognizes the leadership we've seen for more than fifteen years," said Bruce Gledhill, director of Solid Waste & Recycling Mecklenburg County and Steve's supervisor. "His strong focus on customer service and a quality, consistent product underpin the success of Mecklenburg County's yard waste management operations.

"It's always great to be recognized by your peers," said Steve Elliott. "But this is a distinction for our entire yard waste staff. We're privileged to be able to do something every day that gives back to the community and helps the environment."

Running the compost centers entails more than just grinding up tree limbs. Steve is responsible for evaluating incoming waste and adjusting for density, nitrogen content and moisture. He ensures that periodic testing for PH. and soluble salts takes place, in addition to independent testing by the U.S. Composting Council. Last year, Compost Central processed 80,000 tons of material in eleven different products.

The U.S. Composting Council is a trade and professional organization promoting compost and providing a unified voice for the growing composting industry. The U.S. Composting Council is also involved in research, public education, composting and compost standards, expansion of compost markets and the enlistment of public support.

Mecklenburg County's composting and yard waste facilities accept yard waste collected by the City of Charlotte, Towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Mint Hill and Pineville, private contractors, and homeowners anywhere in Mecklenburg County.

Once accepted at a yard waste center, leaves and limbs are ground into high-quality mulch or compost and offered for sale. Prices range from $4 per bag, or $3.50 – $26 per cubic yard, depending on the type and amount. Mecklenburg County residents can call Compost Central at 704-588-9070 to arrange for delivery of mulch or compost. The cost for delivery is $45, plus the purchase price of the compost or mulch.

Mecklenburg County yard waste facilities:
· Compost Central Mulch and Composting Facility, 5631 West Boulevard, 704-588-9070
· North Mecklenburg Yard Waste Facility, 12300 North Statesville Road, 704-875-1563
· Hickory Grove Yard Waste Facility, 8007 Pence Road, 704-535-3781
· Foxhole Yard Waste Facility, 17131 Lancaster Highway, 704-341-4962

To locate the center nearest you, click here or call Char-Meck 3-1-1. You can also call a yard waste center for more information about mulch and compost for sale from Mecklenburg County.




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