Roy Patton was apparently on to something.

Two to three years ago, Patton, superintendent of solid waste for Harvey County, approached the Newton Wal-Mart to see if the store could divert its food waste from the regular trash into a separate stash.


Roy Patton was apparently on to something.

Two to three years ago, Patton, superintendent of solid waste for Harvey County, approached the Newton Wal-Mart to see if the store could divert its food waste from the regular trash into a separate stash.

That food waste now goes into the county’s compost area, where it is blended with other compost, and eventually, after it breaks down, is used as cover material for county construction and demolition projects.

Patton said from June 1, 2007, to May 31, 2008, Wal-Mart diverted 160 tons into the compost area out of the 369.59 tons of total waste they brought in.

For the complete story, see the print edition of the Kansan.