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Full cycle recycling

Published May 19, 2011

When it came time to re-mulch the waterfront park, our horticulturists did their due diligence in choosing a mulch product that not only fit the needs of the park, but was also in line with the Aquarium's sustainability efforts. As it turns out, the mulch that best fit our needs comes from the same company that we use for our composting needs. Recycled Green Industries is a commercial composting facility in Woodbine, Maryland, that provides compost and topsoil for landscaping needs. Each year, more than 30,000 pounds of organic waste from the Aquarium’s café kitchens, animal prep kitchens, and visitor and staff dining areas is sent to the Recycled Green farm for composting. Last week, 3 cubic yards of composted mulch was delivered and incorporated into the park. What was once Aquarium waste earlier this year may very well be what’s helping to keep our plants and trees alive today. It’s great to see our recycling efforts come full circle!

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