At some point or another, most of us have heard at least something about Columbia’s landfill and recovery operations, where all of MU and Columbia’s waste and recycling is sent. Last week, I had the pleasure of touring the landfill via an Environmental Leadership Office-sponsored event, to finally see (and smell) what all the buzz was about. First though, some quick numbers about the facility, provided by a convenient fact sheet we received during the tour:
Fillin’ Up: Columbia’s Landfill
107 acres of the site is used for landfill.
720 total acres at the site.
6 billion tons is the full capacity of the landfill
50% of that 6 billion ton capacity is remaining.
600-700 tons of waste is added to the landfill daily.
Makin’ that Green: Fiscal year 2012
$176,856 worth of the harvested methane from the site’s bioenergy plant has been paid to the Public Works Solid Waste Division by the Water & Light Department.
10,347 tons of material has been recycled in Columbia’s material recovery facility.
14,588 tons of compost have been processed at the sites compost facility.
This past weekend was the second Saturday of the Columbia Farmer’s Market season. Even though a lot of the time it was either raining or threatening to rain, there were still a lot of people who braved the elements to get their local produce. Walking down the lane there was a large variety of produce for sale, but there were also other stands that sold items such as meat, fish, baked goods, plants and cupcakes.
This year the Columbia Farmer’s Market received a grant from the USDA, according to Columbia Transportation’s website, for a bus to run to transport people to and from the Columbia Farmer’s Market. If you visit Columbia Transportation’s website there is a map of the bus route and also the times that the bus runs.
Going to the farmers market is a lot of fun. There is plentiful produce and other food items to be bought. You get to see people you know, or you can cultivate friendships with the stall owners. All in all, going to Columbia Farmer’s Market is a great way to spend a Saturday morning.
Click below for some recipes for the different vegetables in the slideshow.