Industrial Composting Articles

  • What’s Your “Big Mac”?

    Compost marketing entrepreneur grew a company that today uses over a million cubic yards of compost annually. Palletizable Filtrexx Soxx™ that did not slide when stacked on pallets allowed rapid advancement of palletization, which led to scale, which led to what Rod Tyler calls Filtrexx’s “Big Mac®.” Photo courtesy of Filtrexx International ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Editorial: The Business Case

    How do organics recyclers measure success? That is one question we are exploring in preparation for the Opening Plenary — The Business Case For Organics Recycling — at BioCycle EAST COAST17, April 4-7, 2017 in Ellicott City, Maryland, just outside Baltimore. We know many successful organics recyclers, that is if success is defined by factors such as longevity, market leadership, ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Phosphorus And Compost Use Dynamics

    Organic forms of phosphorus, such as biosolids and compost products, contain low to very low levels of water extractable phosphorus, but increasingly are regulated like inorganic P sources. Phosphorus is one of the 16 essential plant nutrients, and is considered one of the three major plant nutrients (along with nitrogen and potassium). Phosphorus is not only important in root development, but ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Introducing … STA Certified Compost

    In a new development, the US Composting Council’s Seal of Testing Assurance Program can now be defined as a certification program. The US Composting Council (USCC) is celebrating the 15th year of its Seal of Testing Assurance (STA) Program. The overall purpose of the STA Program is to improve customer confidence in compost ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Benefits of composting at home

    There are a lot of ways that we can take part in helping save the environment. Ways include water management, smart shopping, fuel efficiency and recycling. However, the most environmentally valuable action that we can all take part is composting. Through composting, we are helping out in reducing the overflow of worldwide waste considering that majority of the landfills are becoming more ...


    By Biofinch Ltd.

  • Potential utilisation of pulp and paper mill biosolids in composting and plant production: a case study at St. Marys Papers Ltd. (Canada)

    The use of St Marys Paper biosolids as a soil additive or growth cover was investigated. Biosolids were mixed with a commercial potting media in five vol/vol ratios and employed in a greenhouse study. The biosolids were found to improve Pinus banksiana seedling growth, a 50% biosolids:50% ProMix mixture yielding the tallest plants and highest dry mass. To further biologically stabilise the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Tennessee composting facility makes full recovery

    After a fire in 2007 destroyed the plant, Sevier Solid Waste, Inc. has constructed a new and improved facility that reflects lessons learned from years of composting mixed waste and biosolids. THE small subset of the composting industry that uses rotary drum reactors (RDR) gets together for two days each year at an operating facility to share experiences with rotary drum in-vessel composting. In ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Effects of peat moss substitution with arboretum and greenhouse waste compost for use in container media

    Plugs of impatiens (Impatiens walleriana Hook.f.), salvia (Salvia splendens Sellow ex Roem. & Schult.), and vinca (Catharanthus roseus (L.) G. Don) were transplanted into containers filled with commercial Sphagnum peat moss plus perlite medium (Sunshine Mix #1) or arboretum and greenhouse waste compost (CT), Sphagnum peat moss (PS), and perlite (PE) medium at percentages of (by vol.) 50:50 ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Cocoa industrial debris composting in soil and earthworm breeding

    Toasted husk, the main cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) industrialization by-product, was added to pots in different husk doses with 1 kg of topsoil from a cocoa plantation (Umbrisol) and then treated with 5 earthworms (Pontoscolex corethrurus) during 60 days, in a greenhouse experiment. Amendment enhanced (p < 0.5) soil organic matter, water retention, bulk density. Best dose for earthworms ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Cocoa industrial debris composting in soil and earthworm breeding

    Toasted husk, the main cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) industrialization by-product, was added to pots in different husk doses with 1 kg of topsoil from a cocoa plantation (Umbrisol) and then treated with 5 earthworms (Pontoscolex corethrurus) during 60 days, in a greenhouse experiment. Amendment enhanced (p < 0.5) soil organic matter, water retention, bulk density. Best dose for earthworms ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Effect of maturation of Grease trap compost on plant growth

    Although it is known that immature composts can depress plant growth, few studies have quantified this effect in real-world scenarios with field-grown crops. Glasshouse and field trials were used to investigate the effect of maturation of grease trap compost (GTC) on plant growth. Grease trap waste was composted for 7-14 d in an in-vessel reactor with shredded green waste, sawdust and chicken ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Extractability, plant yield and toxicity thresholds for boron in compost

    Boron (B) is a trace element essential to crop growth in small soil concentrations (0.2-1.5ppm), yet may produce plant toxicity symptoms readily as the amount in the soil solution increases over 2ppm. Boron is present in significant amounts in recycled materials such as municipal solid waste (MSW) and coal fly ash, and therefore composts containing these ingredients may potentially exceed ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • The pulse of the composting industry in Canada

    The Composting Council of Canada (CCC) reflects upon the passion, frustration and determination of its organics recovery advocates, who have made composting visions real. Collectively, these visions are now responsible for diverting about 4 million metric tons of organic residuals or 12 percent of Canada's annual waste stream from landfill - a gigantic leap since the early 1990s when the ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • California company closes the composting loop

    BEFORE we made our first ton of compost, we had already talked to farmers to determine what they needed in a soil amendment,” says Roger Van Der Wende, Vice President, Supermarket Division, Community Recycling & Resource Recovery, Inc. (Community) in Sun Valley, California. Considering the fastidious navigation the company has done to advance in a previously uncharted realm of resource ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Compost maturity effects on nitrogen and carbon mineralization and plant growth

    Improved predictive relationships between compost maturity and nitrogen (N) availability are needed. A total of 13 compost samples were collected from a single windrow over a 91 d period. Compost stability and maturity were assessed using both standard chemical analyses (total C and N, mineral N, total volatile solids) and other methods (CO2 evolution, commercial maturity kits, and neutral ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Evaluation of composted green waste in ornamental container-grown plants: effects on growth and plant water relations

    Ornamental nurseries extensively utilize peat in commercial soilless potting media, but its use as an organic amendment with a superior water holding capacity is challenged by economic and environmental pressures so potential alternatives to peat need to be investigated. In our experiment, commercially available peat-based soilless mixes were amended with increasing composted green waste (CGW) ...


    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

  • Commercial composting provides food for thought

    The retail sector and food manufacturers produce a mountain of waste but, unlike householders, they cannot simply throw it in the compost and wait for it to rot down. The Compost Association told edie about the obstacles in the way of recycling waste from the commercial sector. Compared to household domestic waste, biodegradable matter from the retail and catering sector represents only a small ...

  • Landscaping Compost Fact sheet 4 - Compost use in turf establishment and renovation

    Untitled Document Establish and maintain good quality grass with compost Compost can be used in a ...

  • Characterizing the Composting Industry

    Untitled Document The first step in characterizing an industry is defining who belongs. The next step is identifying tools to measure its economic vitality. ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

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