Published in the Las Cruces Sun-News 10/15/19
Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) took the Green Grappler to show students at the Southern New Mexico State Fair and Rodeo, and explained what it takes to manage solid waste in Las Cruces. It includes not only weekly curbside residential trash pickup for more than 33,000 customers, commercial dumpster service (one to six times per week) for more than 2,700 businesses, but also managing the Old Foothills Landfill where clean fill and green waste are accepted from the entire community.
LCU Solid Waste Heavy Equipment Operator, Marcelo Archuleta, shows the composted mulch created from the green waste picked up by the Green Grappler and left at the Old Foothills Landfill by residents and commercial customers from around the city. Composted mulch is given back free to residents after a 9-month process to help with dust control, water conservation, soil amendment, and adding micro-nutrients back into the soil.
The students heard from different presenters to learn about careers in agriculture, natural resources, conservation, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, during AgVenture Days at the Southern New Mexico State Fair.