Shota Austin

Shota Austin

Speaker | Tank's Green Stuff

Tucson, AZ | shota@ffxsite.net

USCC Member

A former University of Arizona ‘Compost Cat’, Shota Austin has worked in the agricultural industry for 14 years working with livestock (goats, sheep, cattle, chickens), cotton, alfalfa, nursery crops, orchards, and vegetable production. He has been dedicated to compost production for the past 8 years, and is currently with Tanks Green Stuff. Emily Rockey is the Director of Sales and Marketing for Tank’s Green Stuff where she brings her passion for both plants and sustainability to the company’s composting operation, converting green waste into organic landscape materials that are Good for People, Plants, and Planet.

Session Name: Financial Planning and Analysis for Compost Manufacturers

Session Time: Thursday, January 30, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Presentation Title: Compost Operations Cost Analysis – How to Account for Your Time and Money

Presentation Description: Have you ever asked yourself this question: How much does it cost to make our compost? How do you know that you are truly covering your costs, and setting the appropriate margins to enable your business to sustain itself, grow, and turn a profit? These are intriguing questions, and answering them can become complicated or complex, especially when composting is not the only service offered at your facility.

Tanks Green Stuff is the organics recycling division of Tank’s, offering sustainable waste management, inert landfill services, and screened aggregate materials in Tucson, AZ. For some folks it might seem like quick and easy math: you take your total costs each year and divide it by the of yards produced to figure out your cost per yard. However, it’s just not that simple when you consider, for example, shared equipment such as loaders, water trucks, grinders, trommels, and labor hours that overlap with other aspects of the business. In 2019, Tank’s Green Stuff took on the task of creating an all-inclusive calculator to account for all the various costs and inputs to determine the cost per yard and per windrow. This has made it easier to flag higher expenses and track progress to improve operating procedures. After all, how can you identify which costs to refine, or streamline for efficiency, if you can’t identify the true cost of each step in the production?

The calculator is also a useful tool to quickly adjust pricing in order to account for different inputs in various types of compost, or to quote a custom blend or special order.

Tank’s Green Stuff would like to share with the USCC Community their new customizable tool that allows any operation large or small to constantly track true costs and create confidence in your product’s pricing structure.