The Mayor and Tucson City Council recently approved an intergovernmental agreement with the University of Arizona's Compost Cats, a once-pilot program run by students. The Council approved the agreement Wednesday, providing $66,000 a year in funding for the program over the next three years. The formal agreement comes after a one-year pilot program where the City collected organic waste from select local businesses and partnered with Compost Cats to handle the composting and orientation for new businesses joining the program.
When local businesses decide to join the service, billing will be added to their water bills. Since July 2014, the program has grown to include 32 local businesses (restaurants, supermarkets, large-scale manufacturers, etc.) and several City parks and golf courses.