Compost Production Articles

  • Professionally Certifying Compost Operations Managers

    In October, the Certification Commission of the US Composting Council launched the first professional certification in the U.S. for compost operations managers. The Certification Commission of the US Composting Council (USCC) officially launched the first professional certification in the nation for compost operations managers on October 26, 2016. “There already is a lot ...


    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

  • Compostable Products And Postconsumer Food Scraps

    “Death of Composting” read the title of a blog posted in June by Ayr Muir, founder and CEO of Clover Food Lab, a restaurant group in Boston, Massachusetts. Startling, to say the least, and certainly compelling to read. Muir’s blog described how Clover Food Lab, a Boston restaurant company, moved to 100 percent compostable products in 2010: “I’d spent 18 months trying ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • CA waste facility eliminates odor complaints for their organic green waste and sludge composting operation

    The Problem - The large California facility takes in a great deal of green waste (grass clippings, vegetable & fruit waste, leaves and other vegetation) and food processing sludge. It is all combined and recycled into high grade mulch and compost in their site composting operation. The nature of the waste and the composting process leads to the release of high concentrations of odor - ...


    By Benzaco Scientific, Inc.

  • Case Study: Greenview Environmental

    Needham Market, Suffolk In terms of tonnage, Greenview is the UK’s largest independent processor of organic material. Established in 1985, the firm now operates from 6 sites around the country and processes over 300,000 tonnes of organic waste each year. The high-quality compost produced goes on to be used for horticultural and agricultural purposes as a soil improver. ...


    By CompostManager

  • Leaf composting in cold climates: a theoretical and an experimental evaluation

    There are many factors influencing the process of composting organic waste. This paper provides an experimental and theoretical evaluation of the leaf composting process to elucidate the importance of these various factors during composting of leaves. The analysis is performed specifically for the environmental conditions encountered in cold climates. Theoretical models are developed to evaluate ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Composting of biodegradable organic wastes for sustainable agriculture

    Investigators: M.A. Ali Khan, Manoj Kumar, Kavita Kashyap, Ruby Rani, Sanjay Yada, Priti Kaushik Siraohi Environmental Science Lab. Dept. of Botany, Simbhaoli, Ghaziabad, India Objectives: To recycle, reduce and reuse hazardous distillery spent wash (DSW). Pressmud cake (PMC) fly ash, Eicchornia/Azolla/trash/litter and DSW inoculated with Trichoderma viride were observed for temperature based ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Influence of environmental parameters on the composting kinetic of lignocellulosic residues

    The kinetic of the thermophilic composting process of trimming residues was studied under several parameters [moisture (40-70%), aeration (0.2-0.6 l air/kg min) and particle size (1-5 cm)] in order to determine the best composting conditions to ensure an optimum composting design. Under those conditions, suitable temperature evolutions have been found for all the reactors. The kinetic model ...


    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

  • Screens

    WHEN it comes to selling compost, the markets can drive equipment purchase decisions. This was the case for the Lehigh County, Pennsylvania yard trimmings composting operation, which produced 14,000 cubic yards of compost in 2007. “We are doing a lot of work with a soil amendment company that makes products for golf courses,” says Tim Bollinger, Composting Operations Manager for the Lehigh County ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Registration Options For Compost Products

    THE American Association of Plant Food Control Officials (AAPFCO) is a volunteer organization of state Department of Agriculture (DOA) officials whose offices regulate the distribution and sale of fertilizer, soil amendments and liming agents in each state in the United States, its territories, as well as Canada. Over the past ten years, the U.S. Composting Council (USCC) - through its Committees ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • What`s What and Who`s Who in Compostable Products

    THESE are, without a doubt, exciting times for companies in the compostable products industry - from the manufacturers of resins to the distributors of the end products. After close to 20 years of product and market development, a number of factors are converging to create demand for compostable bags, foodservice ware, packaging films and containers. These include retailer demand for sustainable ...


    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

  • SMART SERIES: Compost Product Marketing

    Compost sales and marketing veteran shoots straight from the hip when it comes to top lessons learned on how to develop a robust and reliable revenue-generating program. DEVELOPING a long-term, revenue generating compost marketing program has proven to be the key to success for many composters. A successful marketing program increases revenues, while improving the efficiency of a composting ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Participation Boost : Maximizing Multifamily Recycling

     Maximizing Multifamily Recycling The city of Seattle, Washington recently introduced major changes to its recycling program, affecting the collection of residential recyclables and yard trimmings. In April, the city added rigid plastic containers of all resins (except #6), along with aseptic juice boxes, polycoated milk cartons and plastic bags. All single and multifamily collection ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Principles for market-orientated production of compost products from the perspective of a plant operator

    The treatment of biological waste, and composting in particular, has received a great boost in recent years since the introduction of source separation for biological waste in the 1980s. At the same time, legal regulations and guidelines for the construction of composting plants, production and trading of compost products were expanded. At present, about 6.5 million tonnes of biological waste is ...


    By ORBIT e.V.

  • Microbial biomass c and ninhydrin-reactive n as Parameters to characterize composting process

    The use of compost in agriculture is increasing as a source of organic matter to counteract the decrease of organic matter level in soils and as a means of disposal of agricultural and domestic waste. Despite many researches on the subject, there is still the need to improve our knowledge on the compost process and on the methods to evaluate compost maturity. The composting of organic waste has ...


    By ORBIT e.V.

  • Market waste composting in Lima, Peru

    The Empresa de Servicios Municipales de Limpieza de Lima (ESMLL and the Pan American Center for Sanitary Engineering and Environmental Sciences (CEPIS) carried out in 1993 a joint research project oriented toward the recovery and use of market waste for compost production to benefit from the wastes generated in Lima.. This pilot project represents an effort aimed at solving the major waste ...


    By ORBIT e.V.

  • Evaluating Microbiology of Compost

    The fact that not all compost is created equal has both producers and growers looking for ways to successfully evaluate compost quality. Traditional compost analysis has focused on NPK and micronutrient concentrations in an effort to mirror fertilizer analysis. Compost, however, is much more complex than fertilizer and its most significant value to the grower may be far more than its mineral ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

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