In support of the Millennium Development Goals to provide improved sanitation to the world, a sustainability-inspired composting latrine design based on work in rural Panama, but also applicable to similar situations, is offered here. The design is based on the three aspects of sustainability namely economic, social, and technical. The new design will allow for improved health for current and future generations. The design is less costly (economic), is based on concepts to improve the likelihood of use based on interviews with potential users (social), and provides better quality compost through ammonia-based treatment (technical). The design consists of two ferrocement compost vaults to save money over conventional vaults, urine storage tanks to improve ammonia conditions in the compost, urine control valves for urine control, a water-washing bidet for personal washing (as preferred by the users), and a handwashing station within the latrine superstructure for convenience.
Composting Roundup - Febuary 2018
Albany, New York: Composting, Food Recovery And Ad Grant Awards The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) awarded $3.5 million to support food donation and municipal organics recycling projects across the state through the Environmental Protection Fund’s Municipal Recycling and Climate Smart Communities grant programs. Composting grant awardees include: • $420,490 to the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency to support food scraps composting by purchasing a grinder for...
January Composting Roundup
St. Paul, Minnesota: State DOT Issues New Compost Specs The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) updated its specifications for using finished compost in MNDOT projects in the 2018 Edition of its “Standard Specifications For Construction.” The two main changes to the specs, explains Kayla Walsh of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, are: 1) Inclusion of food waste as an approved feedstock for Grade II compost (for use as a landscape planting medium; Grade I compost is for use in turf...
Wood Recycler Expands Into Compost Manufacturer
How a company that started as a small tree care service in the late 1980s evolved into a compost and mulch manufacturer with multiple facilities in the Southeast U.S. Our growth since the beginning can be summed up pretty easily — we’ve gone where our customers have needed us to go,” explains Chris Cowart, owner of Cowart, Inc., a large producer of high quality composts and mulches and provider of tree care services in the Southeast region of the United States. Cowart opened its doors as a...
December Composting Roundup
Houston, Texas: Composting Sites Weather Hurricane Harvey The LETCO Group LLC, which does business as Living Earth™, is a Dallas-based composting and mulch production company with 18 processing facilities that include retail yards located in the Dallas-Ft. Worth region and Houston, and 3 stand-alone retail yards. BioCycle contacted Mark Rose, president and CEO of The LETCO Group, to check on impacts from Hurricane Harvey in August. Our thought was that the company would be managing significant amounts of...
Field Testing Protocol For Compostable Packaging
Compostable product disintegration trials conducted in British Columbia help lay groundwork for open source, field testing protocol. Compostable packaging holds great promise to aid in diverting food waste from landfill. However, even when certified compostable, the products disintegrate differently across facility types. A growing number of composting facilities see potential for accepting food waste, and the compostable products which often come with it, but the question becomes — how can operators know...