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Its going to take $196,053 to turn green into compost
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Manteca’s green waste will soon go to Lathrop.

And in exchange, Manteca will get 100 cubic yards of mulch free of charge for use by the city. The rest will be turned into compost for use by landscapers and farmers.

The Manteca City Council is expected to approve a contract with Valley Organics when they meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Manteca Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

Valley Organics has submitted the low bid to accept Manteca’s annual generation of 9,209 tons of green waste, as well as 659 tons of wood waste and 720 tons of street sweepings.

The Lathrop-based firm is located at 916 Frewert Road in Lathrop about 8.3 miles from the intersection of Union Road and Louise Avenue. That is a shorter distance than from Forward Inc .on Austin Road at the regional landfill which will also save the city money.

Valley Organics’ $196,053 annual cost is almost $8,000 less than was budgeted in the solid waste enterprise account for the 2009-10 fiscal year. The account is independent of the general fund that still has a minimum deficit of $2.5 million yet to bridge for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Valley Organics actually would start next month.