It started back in the late 1970s when Martin Mileck first became involved in large scale composting in the mushroom industry.
In 1983 he officially opened a farm supply business, M&M Feed. Besides providing farmers with feed and hay, M&M Feed also sold chemical fertilizer and mushroom compost. By the mid 80s, M&M had developed its own large scale composting. By the late 80s, M&M Feed was the largest commercial composter on the North Coast. By then, M&M was providing waste removal and recycling services to dairies, chicken farms and wineries, as well as mushroom farms. In the early 90s, M&M's composting operations caught the attention of the California Integrated Waste Management Board, whose staff convinced Martin to permit and build a large new compost facility that would also compost municipal green waste. The plan was that this new compost facility would provide a means by which the surrounding cities could comply with the new state recycling mandate. The permitting process began in 1993, and in February of 1995 Cold Creek Compost became the first permitted compost facility in the North Coast Region of California. To this day, unlike the vast majority of the subsequent compost facilities, Cold Creek is primarily an agricultural facility. The majority of our feedstocks come from agricultural operations, and most of our product sales are to farmers.