Stanislaus County crop income: $1,000,000,000 per year. Signature Fruit Company: 3,800 employees 500,000,000 lb/year fresh fruit. Food processing residue: green fruit, over-ripe fruit, bruised, fruit, leaves and twigs, pulp from juice.
Countywide, food processors recycled 300,000 tons of residue
Program to monitor and control the use of FPR is administered by Stanislaus County
Food processing residue has a beneficial use; it is not “waste”
TVG’s permit, WDR 97-140, allowed nitrogen application limit of 382 lb/acre
The County has a well designed program to protect the environment; monitor and control the application of FPR as soil amendment; validate the effectiveness of the program
Stanislaus County’s program is an excellent model for other counties