Trash to treasure: NAU’s composting machine turning food waste into fertilizer (VIDEO)


Produced by Chris Strobel and reported by Corderro McMurry

As the awareness level of how harmful trash is to the environment continues to grow, people throughout the world are doing what they can to make a difference.

For some, that means skipping the straw, bringing reusable bags to the grocery store or buying in bulk to reduce the use of single-use plastics. For Northern Arizona University, it means implementing the O2GO reusable container program, promoting a reduce, reuse and recycle initiative and most recently, launching a composting program.

Meet Somat, the machine that turns the 1,500 pounds of food waste a day into nutrient-rich soil that is not only reducing trash output but also fertilizing campus.



NAU Communications