Reunity Resources is a Northern New Mexico-based 501c3 social enterprise with a zero waste mission: it’s our goal to reunite our waste streams with value for our community. We are dedicated to educating about, implementing and promoting zero waste programs. We facilitate recycling and reuse from Santa Fe area restaurants, and we are the only organization of our kind in the nation.
Through our BioFuel Collective, we collect used cooking oil from local restaurants, recycle it into ASTM-certified biodiesel and then redistribute clean, renewable fuel to northern New Mexico. The impact of the BioFuel Collective reaches our whole community population: everyone in our community benefits from improved air quality, a water supply that does not get oil contamination, and a secure localized biodiesel fuel source. The BioFuel Collective reduces our community’s waste stream by 1000 tons of CO2 annually, reduces our dependence on foreign oil and creates local jobs.
We also educate about and advocate for closed-loop recycling systems and the use of alternative fuels. Executive Director Tejinder Ciano offers ongoing workshops at the Santa Fe Community College BioFuels Center for Excellence and also led a series of workshops with the NM Department of Workforce Development aimed at building applicable job skills in this market. Through Reunity Resources’ advocacy, the City of Santa Fe began using 5% biodiesel in all its diesel fleet vehicles in May 2013.
Our compost program has diverted 1.4 million pounds of food waste from our landfill since April 2014, and it is rapidly growing. These food scraps, along with green waste and manure, are currently being transformed into rich soil amendment at our Aerated Static Pile commercial composting facility on a collaborative site with the Santa Fe Community Farm. We are delighted to be feeding the earth that feeds the hungry (the farm donates its produce to Kitchen Angels and The Food Depot) while also creating a valuable resource for other farmers and gardeners and participating in the carbon sequestration cycle.
We are also partnering with Santa Fe Public Schools, and we have trained staff and over 5,850 children at a dozen elementary schools in cafeteria compost separation.