Silver State Industries - Wild Horse Training & Compost Program
In 2008, the Nevada Department of Agriculture relocated their Saddle Horse
and Burro Training Program to the Northern Nevada Correctional Center, a medium
custody facility in Carson City, Nevada.
Under this program, inmates care for a herd of 1,500 Mustangs that have
been removed from overpopulated public lands by the Bureau of Land Management,
and train a smaller number of these horses for public adoption. An overabundance of manure quickly became a problem: Rather than stockpiling or disposing of this manure, the NNCC teamed with a local business called Full Circle Compost to process and profit off of this waste.
The NNCC and Full Circle Compost process approximately 3,700 cubic yards of manure per year into high quality compost. They combine this waste with waste from the local community, such as the Atlantis Hotel & Casino in Reno, which contributed 1,500 cubic yards of food waste in 2012.
The correctional facility benefits in several ways: Three to five inmates are employed at all times by Full Circle compost; Silver State Industries profits by renting space to Full Circle Compost; a portion of the compost is returned to the NNCC ranch for use in fertilizing their 1,200 acres of farm land.
By partnering with a local composting company, the NNCC was able to find a beneficial solution to dealing with 3,700 cubic yards of waste per year that would otherwise be stockpiled on site or disposed of in other ways.
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