"Three years ago Lohela asked himself what it would take to get Santa Barbara to the next level of sustainability, and out of that question came the Food Scraps Collection Program."
"I love frolicking in food scraps," Eric Lohela told me. "I have steel-toed galoshes for it."
Lohela, an environmental services specialist, started the Santa Barbara Food Scraps Collection Program with colleagues three years ago, and it's now under his purview and gaining momentum. While he is partially joking about jumping around in the food scrap compost bin, his excitement for the project is contagious. A five-minute conversation with him almost inspires you to don galoshes and join in the romp with him.
The Food Scraps Collection Program collects food waste from restaurants and schools, trucks it to a composting site, places in it long rows called windrows, and turns it regularly by large machines to introduce oxygen into the pile.
Voila! The waste is now soil used by local farmers to grow more food, or goes to parks. Essentially, this program transforms waste into a community resource.