Trash Into Treasure

The city of Wichita Falls is turning your trash into treasure. The city's Transfer Station is closed getting repair work done. The closing is causing residents to head to the landfill and take advantage of the cities compost program.

David Leyfeldt, Sanitation Superintendent, said, "We have an excellent program and can collect almost 2/3 of what we throw away. We only have about a quarter of the people using the program." Leyfeldt added, "If we could get more people participating, maybe we could go to the next step."

Getting more Wichita Falls residents to recycle their organic compost is the goal. "Anything that's ever been a plant, tree, or animal, paper, wood products, cardboard products, all your food waste, paper products and yard waste. We take all of it."

Leyfeldt said all the organic compost is grinded up and placed in piles out in the compost facility area. It then goes through various stages and sits for about 60 days. It then turns into a compost enriched soil, which is sold to local vendors.

By utilizing the composting program and keeping the organic trash from being buried, the landfill and environment is kept safe from methane gases. "Because we don't put the organics in the landfill, when we compost it it's decomposing with oxygen and therefore not generating the methane gas."

Leyfeldt said besides making Wichita Falls landfill safer for the environment, the program is also saving the city money.

Residents can participate in the Wichita Falls recycle organic compost program. The program cost $3.00 a month and you will get a curbside bin for organic products. There are a handful of organic compost bins throughout the city and residents can  drop off their organic trash there.

Natalie Garcia,  Newschannel 6