secondary composting Articles

  • Deregulation and voluntary self-regulation of producers of compost and secondary raw-material fertilizers -against the background of the biowaste and fertilizer ordinances

    Since the RAL (Institute for quality assurance and labelling) introduced the quality mark for compost in 1992, more than 300 German composting plants have decided to adopt this voluntary quality control system. This system has significantly helped to define characteristics of high-quality, marketable composts. The quality standards agreed upon with the end-user are guaranteed and monitored within ...


    By ORBIT e.V.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Mixed MSW composting in transition

    WITHOUT a doubt, composting the mixed municipal solid waste stream is a “niche” business. It is an MSW management option that seems to be viable in very specific situations. In some instances, these plants were built to service tourist destinations, often in somewhat rural areas where recycling is difficult and landfills are distant. In several other cases, public agencies built plants to extend ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Compost Operator Training

    Compost operator training programs - available in 17 states or regions - are transferring the knowledge and tools to stay on the positive side of the management challenges that arise in day-to-day operations.   RECYCLING organic ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Contained Composting Systems Rewiew

    Having gained success in recycling yard trimmings, composters and recycling coordinators are reaching deeper into the organic residuals pile to capture other feedstocks. In particular, their sights are set on source separated food materials, from institutions (e.g. schools, hospitals), grocery stores and produce markets, food processors and commercial food service facilities (e.g. restaurants). A ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Ohio Targets Food Residuals Composting

    WHILE RECYCLING of paper and yard trimmings has grown rapidly in Ohio in the last 30 years - now up to 50 percent for paper and 62 percent for green materials - the recovery rate for food residuals is at less than three percent. To turn things around, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' (ODNR) Division of Recycling & Litter Prevention have ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • What`s New - In-Vessel Composting

    IF YOU are considering some sort of enclosed vessel for composting food residuals, yard trimmings, biosolids, manure, animal mortalities or other waste streams, there is no shortage of options to consider. Domestic and international technology providers offer agitated and nonagitated enclosed systems, as well as rigid and nonrigid containment. Unlike some of the other equipment categories in ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Compost science journal of advocacy and foresight

    SEVERAL months ago, I started on a journey through the pages of Compost Science, beginning with the Spring, 1960 inaugural issue. I was confident that I could whip through the articles and news items in the several hundred issues of the magazine between 1960 and 2009, and be prepared to write this article for BioCycle’s 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition. Granted, there were interruptions, ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Mariposa compost facility odor remediation update

    Staring in the winter of 2006 the staff at the Mariposa Compost Facility worked quickly to make process changes to bring odor issues under control. Here is the latest chapter in their story. Odor (incident) Logs In January 2007 the Local Environmental Agency (LEA) provided "odor logs" to the county residents that were troubled by the compost facility's odors. The odor logs were ...

  • Compost Site Comes Back From the Brink

    The largest composter in the state of Washington, Cedar Grove Compost Company in Seattle, had its hands full of challenges in 1997 — confronted with a half million dollar fine, a lawsuit, and angry neighbors. With the adoption of an Environmental Management System (EMS), the compost facility has turned its precarious situation around and stayed in business, while dramatically cutting odor ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Ohio Takes Aim At Food Waste Composting

    WHILE RECYCLING of paper and yard trimmings have grown rapidly in Ohio in the last 30 years - now up to 50 percent for paper and 62 percent for green materials, the recovery rate for food residuals is at less than three percent of nearly 96 million tons generated annually. To turn things around, the Ohio EPA and its Solid Waste Management Division have teamed up to get the word out about ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Special Event Strategies: Recovering Compostables at Iowa Festivals

    Summer festivals offer food, entertainment, cultural enrichment and learning to Iowa residents. They also bring an increase in landfilled material due to the convenience of single use products and the diverse assortment of specialty food items. Last year, three Iowa agencies, the Butler County Solid Waste Commission (BCSWC), Bluestem Solid Waste Agency in Cedar Rapids and the Clinton County Area ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Cattail plants’ Biomass as a bulking agent in sewage Sludge composting and the effect of the produced Compost on cattail plants’ Growth

    In every Greek island there is at least one town with more than 20,000 inhabitants. Several smaller towns and villages range from a few hundreds to a few thousands in population. Usually in the larger towns there are sewage treatment facilities providing at least secondary treatment of wastewater. In most cases the effluent produced is drained to the sea and the sludge is dumped in landfills. In ...


    By ORBIT e.V.

  • Installation of a Big Hanna composter in a block of flats for young students and workers in Besançon, France.

    SYBERT is a regional waste management company covering 198 local councils with 230 000 residents. SYBERT's strategy is focused on waste minimization and a variety of measures have been introduced to change peoples habits regarding waste.  In order to be able to offer solutions that makes it possible to avoid or minimize waste at source an ambitious program has been carried out ...


    By Susteco AB

  • The County council in Val de Marne, France install a second Big Hanna composter in Valenton

    The County council in Val de Marne located south east of Paris, continue to implement their policy of sustainable development and management of food waste by installing a second Big Hanna modell T120 to convert the organic food waste from the canteen at the county technical department in Valenton. ...


    By Susteco AB

  • Composed based growing and potting media source Material - Production - Market - Utilisation – Use

    The increasing biological waste treatment (composting) in Germany provides now and in future sufficient quantities of composts for the most different markets. However a closed loop management is only sensible if the produced composts can be utilised in a profitable manner. For the time being the Stender GmbH, as a manufacturer of growing media, is exclusively interested in growing media quality ...


    By ORBIT e.V.

  • Financing an anaerobic digester

    LENDERS are generally well disposed to projects that diversify revenues while lowering costs and mitigating risks. Add a ready source of equity and you are well on the way toward financing a project that is a win-win proposition for the lender and the project developer. Such is the case with the anaerobic digester project at Geerlings Hillside Farm (GHF). The Geerlings's 8,000-head hog farm is ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

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