Bobcat Blend composting wins stop state honor
A project by Texas State University students is being recognized with the state’s highest environmental honor, the 2013 Texas Environmental Excellence Award in the Education category.
Texas State’s Bobcat Blend Compost project will be one of 10 winners honored by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality at its annual banquet to be held in Austin, May 1.
In 2009, Texas State students received a grant to study whether composting can be used to effectively destroy invasive water hyacinth and create nutrient-rich compost for application in agricultural and horticultural industries.
Students were not only successful in demonstrating that the invasive species can be used as a primary feedstock to create compost within accepted industry quality standards, but they have since conducted additional research at their composting facility on water lettuce, hydrilla and Georgia Cane.
Current research addresses wild taro from the San Marcos River and brown seaweed from the Texas Gulf Coast. In one research project, students created 90 yards of compost worth $2,500 from: 20,300 pounds of invasive water hyacinth, water lettuce, and hydrilla plants; 52,200 pounds of woodchips from a local tree service company; and 45,000 pounds of campus food waste.
Students involved in the Bobcat Blend project also provide education on and off campus. Students evaluate collection rates and look at ways to boost participation.