Contributing to a Greener Planet Through Composting
Compost is defined as the relatively stable decomposed organic materials that resulted from the accelerated biological degradation of organic material under controlled, aerobic conditions. Compost can also be defined as “the disinfected and stabilized product of the decomposition process that is used or sold for use as a soil amendment, artificial topsoil, growing medium amendment or other similar uses.” This decomposition process converts potentially toxic or putrescible organic matter into a stabilized state that can improve soil for plant growth.
Composting organics has other beneficial effects, including diverting landfill wastes to alternative uses, removal of pathogen inoculant or weed seeds, and decomposition of petroleum, herbicide or pesticide residues.
Controlling Erosion Through Composting
A primary limiting factor in the revegetation of degraded soils is the loss of the erosion-resistant plant litter layer and soil nutrients during and after disturbance of the soil resource. Loss of plant litter and mulch material results from erosion, wildlife fires, or the physical removal during construction.
Loss of topsoil during disturbance also reduces the ability of the vegetative community to regrow because the soil’s nutrient reserves are depleted. Inadequate pools of plant-available nitrogen (N) can restrict growth on the site for extended periods of time because N is needed in relatively large amounts for regeneration of the shoots, roots, litter layers, and for microbial biomass. Because soluble fertilizer N is easily depleted from the soil by leaching or plant uptake, the regeneration of the plant community is expected to be improved by the application of larger, stabilized pools of N that mimic the organic matter lost during topsoil removal.
While many organic or chemically based soil amendments can provide N for early phases of plant establishment, few provide N for a long-term, multi-year period of community development. Green Material Compost, on the other hand, may provide this type of N release because the composting process converts readily degradable organic materials into stabilized, partially humified materials.
Nortech Gold Compost
Nortech has produced and marketed compost to residents and local farmers in Placer County since 2005, providing a viable replacement to herbicides and pesticides.
Nortech Gold Compost is certified by the US Composting Council’s ‘Seal of Testing Assurance’ (STA) Program. STA is the only nationally recognized program for compost-specific testing and labeling. It identifies compost manufacturers who seek to establish high standards in quality control and product testing.
Our compost is also certified by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI). OMRI provides independent and transparent review of materials and processes to determine their suitability for the production, processing, and handling of organic food and fiber. The USDA’s National Organic Standards serve as the foundation for OMRI’s standards on input products intended for use in certified organic production.
Nortech Gold Compost meets requirements set by California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) on Organic Input Material; guaranteeing minimum nutrient values of Nitrogen, Phosphoric Acid, and Soluble Potash. Our compost is inspected annually to ensure it meets or exceeds the agency’s strict quality guidelines.
Add to Beautiful Design with Colored Wood Chips
Nortech is proud to offer or newest product, colored wood chips. Available in red, brown, black and neutral colors, colored wood chips are a great way to add color and definition to residential yards, commercial properties and roadways.
Buy Back Center
The Buy-Back Center will accept the following items:
- CRV beverage containers
- Clean aluminum cans
- Plastic bottles
- Clear and colored glass containers
There is no redemption value for glass containers without a CRV recycling logo (wine bottles, distilled spirit bottles, milk jugs, etc.), however, they can be dropped off for recycling.
The following materials are also accepted for drop off only:
- Mixed Paper, such as junk mail, magazines, pressed board, computer paper and phonebooks Scrap Metal
- Newspaper and Packing Paper (no styrofoam)
- Corrugated Cardboard (no waxed cardboard)
- Home-Generated Hypodermic Needles or “Sharps” – Collect used sharps in either an approved sharps container or other rigid plastic container (e.g. bleach bottle). Clearly label the container “SHARPS.”
Please remember to:
- NEVER throw loose needles in the garbage.
- NEVER flush used needles down the toilet.
- NEVER put needles in recycling containers or blue bags.
Household Hazardous Waste
Please Take Notice:
- We are only able to accept household hazardous waste from residents of Placer County, including the cities of Lincoln, Rocklin, Roseville, Auburn, and Loomis.
- Drop off your hazardous waste materials every day between 8am-5pm.
- Containers must be leak-proof and accurately labeled.
- Maximum 15 gallons or 125 pounds per visit
- Medical Wastes (except medications and sharps)
- Ammunition and Explosives
- Radioactive Materials
- Compressed Gas/ Propane
- Cylinders greater than 5 gallons or 20 lbs.
- Used Motor Oil
- Oil Filters
- Brake/Transmission Fluid
- Contaminated oil
- Other Automotive Products
- Household Cleaners
- Gasoline/Kerosene & Other Flammables
- Paint: Oil-Based & Latex
- Varnish, Lacquer & Shellac
- Compressed gas cylinders LESS than 5 gallons or 20 lbs. (BBQ or camping size)
- Paint/Lacquer Thinners
- Paint Strippers
- Floor & Furniture Cleaners
- Small Aerosol Cans
- Fluorescent tubes
- Mercury thermostats
- Vehicle Batteries
- Small Household Batteries
- Pool Chemicals
- Most products labeled DANGER, CAUTION, WARNING, FLAMMABLE, or POISON.
- Home-generated sharps
- Prescription and over-the-counter medications