BUFFALO, NY (WKBW-TV) – Brian Murphy runs Buffalo River Compost and says he gets a variety of special shipments daily, including “Horse manure, we get the algae, we get the driftwood, we get the food waste from our local grocery stores. “Its job is to turn everything into nutrient-rich compost.

The company, a division of NOCO Energy Corporation, was founded in 2017. Every year they pick up 300 tons of food waste that would have ended up in a landfill in the past.

Bobbie Thoman, NOCO Sustainability Manager, says, “If you look at global trends, when food waste ends up in landfills, it creates methane that is stronger than carbon dioxide and the landfill puts the soil and nutrients back into the ground.”

Brian says that because of the space we have in this country, we stand behind the rest of the world when it comes to sustainable alternatives to landfill. He says, “If you take these materials and return them, you don’t have to buy synthetic fertilizers … you can use organic fertilizers.”

Visit the Buffalo River Compost website for more information.