Steve Clabaugh digs his hands through a decomposed pile of mulch, making sure its ready for the trip to San Antonio. "Its where they are going in and redoing about 8 miles of the San Antonio river...where its been neglected for who knows for how long..and turning it into a park and jogging area...they needed some compost to help the seeds germinate,"said Steve Clabaugh the owner of Recom. It's a multi-million dollar renovation project. What might surprise you, is that they picked Recom purely by coincidence."We sent in a sample to the corps of engineers up there as well as a lot of other composters throughout the state of Texas....and our compost was one of the very few that met the spec," said Clabaugh. The project will be completed in 3 years. "We just finished phase 1 and had 10 trucks a day rolling out of here for a while," said Clabaugh. There are still seven more phases, meaning that by the time it is done, 8,000 semi trucks full of mulch will have driven southeast...so how is it made? "Basically its a combination of wood waste--tree limbs grass clippings and that sort of thing. Than we mix in manure..we water it, we aerate it, it begins to decompose and within about six months we have a finished product. It's clean as clean as dirt can be i guess," said Clabaugh. Not only will this make money for this West Texas company, it will help West Texans save money--and space.
"It saves the citizens a lot of money because this stuff isn't going in the landfill which will ultimately fill that space faster...and hopefully it will put us on the map as far as being a little bit greener in West Texas," said Clabaugh.