H-SAN LUIS OBISPO

Jun 12, 2013 6:36 PM by Keli Moore and Amika Osumi, KSBY News

Local golf course makes environmental history

Americans produce about 250 million tons of waste per year and a local golf course is helping to reduce that number.

Dairy Creek Golf Course in San Luis Obispo is one of the first golf clubs in the world to produce a zero waste facility.

Josh Heptig, golf course superintendent, decided to make the golf course "Go Green" in 2011 and since then has achieved his ambitious goal.

"We don't want anything to go to the trash that doesn't have to go to the trash," Heptig said.

The golf course reuses all products used at the golf facility and completely eliminated the need to haul any waste to a landfill.

Two earthworm bins are used at the composting facility to efficiently decompose restaurant waste.

The compost made by the earthworms is then used to fertilize the course's soil or made into "tea bags" by using a compost tea brewer.

In addition, two food composters are on site. They are capable of processing 150 pounds of waste daily.

All the water used at Dairy Creek is reclaimed water from the San Luis Obispo Men's Colony.

The golf course will soon have sheep on the property to eat weeds so that no pesticides are used.

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