composting project Articles

  • Composting

    Introduction Composting is a controlled biological process by which organic contaminants (e.g., PAHs) are converted by microorganisms (under aerobic and anaerobic conditions) to innocuous, stabilized byproducts. Typically, thermophilic conditions (54 to 65 °C) must be maintained to properly compost soil contaminated with hazardous organic contaminants. The increased temperatures result from heat ...

  • Pilot project cuts odor, cost for humanure compost

    Utah Valley Daily Herald Article on the benifits on using micro-pore membrane compost covers when composting highly odorus material.  In February of 2009 Utah Valley's North Sewer Distirict conducted a pilot study to determine the effectivness of mirco-pore membrane compost covers in reducing odors from biosolids (sewage sludge) composting.  Odor testing was conducted over a term of one ...

  • Successful local composting in Casalbuono with Big Hanna composter

    In September 2016 another Big Hanna was inaugurated in Italy. Our latest composting project is situated in Casalbuono, a small town in the Province of Salerno in the south west part of Italy.  As always, our Italian partner Achab Group managed the installation and supervised the inauguration.  Negative effects from organic waste Casalbuono, is a ...


    By Susteco AB

  • Compost Users Forum: Compost Marketing Trends In The U.S.

    “We know there are limiting factors in this sector,” acknowledges Hans Van Dusen, who is on the contract implementation staff for Seattle Public Utilities. “Transient populations as well as space in downtown and older buildings are problematic, but multifamily recycling has emerged as a priority for the city.” Seattle has taken a number of steps to make its program more user friendly and flexible ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Compost Use By State DOTs

    Research project collects and analyzes compost use data for three state Departments of Transportation: California, Texas and Washington. Use of compost by state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) for highway construction, erosion and pollution control, and vegetation establishment has dramatically increased since the early 2000s. A recent research project studied compost use by state ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Building state’s compost markets

    Several research projects now under way have the potential to significantly expand the compost market in California. Californians generate 93 million tons of solid waste annually. The Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 (AB 939) established the CIWMB and gave it the responsibility to oversee, manage and track all of this material. Expanding the opportunities for composting organic materials ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Editorial - Slam Dunks For Compost

    ISSUE deadlines dictate life in our office. This time around, I just couldn’t stop myself from learning more about the subject matter of the article I was writing. As a result, the entire issue was prepared, and there were three pages left for one of the most exciting articles I have worked on — converting brownfields and vacant lots into highly productive farms and gardens in neighborhoods that ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Composting Advances in Oregon and Washington

    Over the years, different forces have served as drivers to help grow the composting industry. For example, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, it was the perceived landfill crisis that led to state bans on disposal of yard trimmings. Composting also has benefitted from a push to meet recycling goals, which has prompted states and local governments to go beyond yard trimmings and into such ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Australia : Maximizing Compostables At The Olympics

     Maximizing Compostables At The Olympics THE GOVERNMENT of New South Wales, Australia passed the Waste Minimization and Management Act in 1995, setting a reduction target of 60 percent. One indicator of how much commitment and infrastructure are available to reach this goal will be the success of the overall organics recycling achievements at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney (see ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Understanding Compost Tea

     Understanding Compost Tea COMPOST TEA describes many different preparations made using compost as a starting material and producing a liquid extract or in some cases a “liquid version” of the original compost. There are many home-designed pieces of equipment and some commercially available equipment made to produce compost tea. New ideas abound on how to fabricate the better tea-maker and ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Trimming costs with Composting

    Weis Markets, Inc. has an interest in diverting organics from its grocery stores as part of its overall sustainability goals, but to bring an individual store onto the program is always decided by the economics. “It has to balance out,” says Ginny Frederick, Facilities Manager for Weis Markets. “If it costs too much at a particular location, or the store doesn’t generate ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Composting Site Remediation Success

    Dorchester County, Maryland agreed to a remediation plan that involved composting the 140,000 tons of unprocessed feedstocks stored on site. An aggressive strategy has ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Food Residuals Composting in the U.S.

    For many years, the public sector has been at the forefront of the developing composting industry. For example, when biosolids composting first got started, it was the sanitation departments of municipalities and local sanitary authorities pushing projects. With yard trimmings composting, municipalities and counties were the primary entities developing programs. Even the fledgling steps of solid ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Food composting infrastructure

    From 1995 to 2000, BioCycle published an annual national survey of food waste composting projects in the United States. Since then, we have continued to track food waste composting activity, and in 2007 launched www.findacomposter.com, a publicly searchable data base that lists many sites in the U.S. that receive municipal, commercial, institutional and industrial food waste ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Devontalk - Composting in schools in Devon

    Do you know what London's 02 Arena and Okehampton College have in common? It's something called Big Hanna, a huge shiny composter that turns all their food waste into compost. Big Hanna arrived in Okehampton last year and immediately made her presence felt because someone had to look after her and feed her regularly. That someone is Okehampton-born and bred Gary Drew, who went to the college ...


    By Susteco AB

  • Composting Food Residuals on Campus

    Two professors at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UW-RF) have used their knowledge of organics recycling projects to implement a food residuals composting program on campus. “It just makes sense in the long run to divert these materials now and lay the groundwork for the future,” says Bob Butler of the Agricultural Engineering Department, who is working closely with Jerry Nolte, an ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Introduction of composted digestates in agriculture

    Municipal organic waste is increasingly recycled by aerobic composting or anaerobic digestion procedures. In 1997, 230 000 Mg organic waste were composted and used for agriculture in the region of Cologne, which is an increase by 70% compared to 1994 (Anonymous, 1999). Therefore, the effects of compost on the soil and the plants require studies on:- its nutrient contents to contribute to the ...


    By ORBIT e.V.

  • Ohio supermarket composting

    State and grocery chain commitment lead to successful food waste diversion pilot that could motivate others to replicate program. IN JULY 2008, the Kroger supermarket chain decided to expand its active role in the community to include an environmental element. The company’s first food scrap composting program was rolled out in 24 Ohio stores. In just four months, more than 650 tons of food waste ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • The pulse of the composting industry in Canada

    The Composting Council of Canada (CCC) reflects upon the passion, frustration and determination of its organics recovery advocates, who have made composting visions real. Collectively, these visions are now responsible for diverting about 4 million metric tons of organic residuals or 12 percent of Canada's annual waste stream from landfill - a gigantic leap since the early 1990s when the ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

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