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.
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...
Composting on the New York Highline
Friends of the High Line will be taking their composting program to a new level using cutting-edge technology to compost in only 14 days. The Rocket composter technology allows for a continuous process of feeding it daily while constantly aerating the mass inside the vessel, producing high enough temperatures to kill pathogens. Friends of the High Line compost program began in 2010 as an effort to practice sustainable horticulture, reduce costs and create a high-quality product. The High Line gardens produce...
Circle Compost’s collection and composting Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Hyperlocal Composting Service Startled by the amount of food waste rotting in U.S. landfills, Circle Compost owners, Dave and Michele Bloovman, wanted to take action. As board members of a local nonprofit, Grow Philly, which operates an urban farm in Philadelphia, they also discovered the challenges of sourcing organic soil amendments to build healthy soils at the farm. The solution? To start Circle Compost, a food scraps collection...
How to use organic waste for compost？
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