Compost Cleaning Articles

  • Case study - Broadpath Compost Facility

    Facility Owner: Devon Co. Co. / Viridor Waste Management Contact: Mr Graham Sheperd, Devon Co. Co. Location: Broadpath Landfill, Uffculme, Devon, England Contact: 00-353-21-462-1721 Site Area: 1.2 acres Feed stock: Source separated household organics (landscape, food, paper, wood) Capacity: 10,000 tpa Commissioned: May, 2006 Facility History ...

  • Case study - Galway City Compost Facility

    Facility Owner: Galway City Council Contact: Mr Garry O’Lochlainn, Galway City Council Location: Carrowbrowne Compost Facility, Headford Road, Galway Contact: 00-353-21-462-1721 Site Area: 2 acres Feed stock: Source separated household and commercial organics (landscape, food, paper, wood) Capacity: 9,000 tpa Commissioned: Due in November, 2007 Facility ...

  • Editorial: Double Down On The Upside

    Last December during a staff meeting, we got into a discussion about the importance of this Editorial page in BioCycle always conveying optimism about organics recycling and our mission, now 58-years old, to conserve natural resources and build healthy soils. BioCycle’s founding publisher and editor, Jerome Goldstein, was an eternal optimist whose passion, vision and grit inspired many ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Physical Contaminant Testing Of Composts

    Changes are in progress in multiple countries on weight-based limits for physical contaminants in composts. The net effect may be higher quality compost products. Maintaining and improving compost product quality is vitally important for ensuring continued confidence in organic waste recycling industries around the world. One quality criterion of particular interest from the general ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • 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

  • Ordinances To Amend Soils Boost Compost Demand

    Municipalities everywhere are realizing that some of the environmental issues they are grappling with locally may be mitigated by healthier soils. In the late 1990s, when Puget Sound Chinook salmon was listed as threatened, Washington State officials scrambled to find ways to improve water quality in the Puget Sound and protect spawning streams. They identified a number of methods to reduce ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Public agencies refine grinding strategies

    From coast to coast, municipal agencies operate yard trimmings composting facilities. In many cases, they are on the front line when storms hit that leave downed trees and branches in their wake, opening their gates to a flow of feedstocks of all shapes and sizes. On the other end of the processing chain, these facilities are refining their capabilities to transform the incoming wood, storm ...


    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

  • Munchinator reduces trash to compost-like product

    The contraption looks a bit like a sophisticated high school science project as it rocks back and forth, with steam escaping and a slight rumble reverberating in the large room. The Munchinator is at work. A team of representatives from Carson City-based Ecologico Logic Inc. brought a prototype of their machine from their ...


    By Eco Sphere Sciences, Inc.

  • 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

  • Insider’s guide to compostables collection at events

    An event happens any time a group of people come together for a purpose, whether it is to attend a concert, network at a conference, celebrate a wedding, run a race, etc. Events can range in size from a few people to hundreds of thousands of people, and typically generate massive volumes of discarded materials. According to the Green Meeting Industry Council, event attendees can generate 20 lbs ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Edmonton is a world-class composting city

    State-of-the-art compost facility draws visitors from around the world A Canadian composting facility has become a hub for industry experts from around the world. Visitors from virtually every continent have visited the Edmonton Composting Facility to learn how this state-of-the art facility is combining sewage sludge (biosolids) with residential solid waste, to create a high-quality ...


    By Vermeer

  • 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

  • Historical perspective: Screens & air classifiers

    SCREENING equipment for the composting industry has become widely available, with a variety of options — including trommels, star screens, air classifiers and disc screens — to fit specific applications. But early on, in the 1960s and 1970s, screens were often homemade or adapted from other industries. Charles Melhoff, founder of Wildcat Manufacturing Co., says that although they began making ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Composting on Maui hits its stride

    The Hawaiian island of Maui - a vacation destination for more than 2.2 million people each year - has a year-round growing season that yields a massive stream of green waste from nonstop cutting, trimming and pruning. For years, the resultant trimmings were simply landfilled along with the 500 tons/day of trash. One company, however, decided to turn that tide and has been aggressively taking in ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Logistics of composting urban yard trimmings

    GROVER Landscape Services, Inc. operates several composting facilities in northern California. Its site in Vernalis receives yard trimmings and food waste from various communities around the San Francisco Bay area, between 70 and 100 miles to the east. These include the City of Berkeley, portions of Alameda County, City of San Francisco, City of Livermore and others. Materials also arrive from ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Operator insights: compostable products

    Compostable products are increasingly a part of the formula when companies, institutions, municipal programs and special events decide to go green, usually to implement a food scraps diversion program. Due to increasing demand, the compostable products industry is growing rapidly, with many different options on the market. BioCycle has been covering developments in the compostable products ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Calculating capacity at composting sites

    The addition of new composting facilities or expansion of capacity at existing ones is becoming more and more difficult as feasible sites are taken out of circulation. This has created interest in maximizing the unit production of compost at composting sites so that they perform as efficiently as possible. The need is especially acute if physical expansion is not possible, but increases in ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Source separated residential composting in the US

    THE Field of Dreams movie theme, “if you build it they will come,” is definitely à propos to source separated residential organics composting. While conducting this year's survey, we asked program managers what they think the key ingredients are to offering households the ability to divert more than just yard trimmings at the curb - a practice that is widely adopted in some Canadian provinces and ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • A cost-effective method for controlling compost air emissions

    In October 2007, ECS began conducting trials at California State University Fresno (CSUF) to explore using the new patent pending AC Composter (ACC) covered aerated static pile system to manage dairy manure solids and comply with airquality standards. A two-zone portable pilot system was delivered by ECS and installed at the CSUF research dairy. This research is being conducted under a Phase I ...

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