Familiarize Yourself with Common Compost Production Equipment Compost processing equipment and infrastructure are regularly some of, if not the largest, capital expenses for a composting facility. A facility’s equipment needs depend on several factors, such as: The stages of the composting process require different types of equipment. Volume Reduction Volume reduction one of the first […]
Compostable Products Were Created to Help Keep Food out of Landfill While single-use foodservice ware and packaging is a convenient and cost-effective tool for food safety, transportation, and consumption, it generally ends up in landfills. Because food residues are often inseparable from the packaging it came in, recycling these items are not effective and can
College campuses can be a significant source for capturing food scrap in y your community. In some towns, colleges and city leadership work together to use a single compost site-sometimes on the campus, sometimes in the community. Many colleges and secondary school systems issue RFPS for composting and food waste diversion on their own campus.
Before you think too big, do your research and test it. Waste Audits To help determine the scale or size of a composting operation, it is important to understand the amount and types of organic waste that will be arriving for production. Conducting a municipal waste audit is a good way to understand not only
Residential education is key to a successful food scraps and other organics diversion program. At the start of a program education is necessary to explain: What is organics recycling Why it’s important How to participate (and sign up) What is and is not accepted Initial program education should include what tools are provided for participants.
Some communities give containers to all residents to participate, some communities only give containers to those who opt in to a program. Billing also varies. In some cases, fees for the program are applied to the property taxes, some to a utility bill, and some are charged only if residents sign-up for the program. Additional
Understanding the local infrastructure and compost site operations can help narrow down how you choose to collect food scraps and other organics. Some questions to answer include: 1. Does the compost site have capacity to accept more materials? If it is a yard-waste-only compost site, can the facility transition from yard waste (YW) only to
An important decision for communities is to consider the business model and level of infrastructure, operational involvement, control and cost they want to undertake if structured as a public utility. Common models for municipal composting programs include: Publicly owned and operated facility Privately owned and operated facility Publicly owned but privately operated facility In a
Stakeholder Acceptance is a Critical Step An important starting point is engaging the community to get all stakeholders involved and help them understand composting operations, the benefits and potential costs. Plan to educate residents on source separation of organics (SSO) and issues with contamination. The composting operation should seek to be a good neighbor and
Organics recycling aligns with the vision of sustainable materials management used in many states’ solid waste policy and local municipal solid waste plans, or more commonly known as materials management plans. Materials management plans often use the three principles of sustainability – economic vitality, ecological integrity and improved quality of life – to guide solid