Factors to consider in evaluating potential sites

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Each municipality will have unique challenges and opportunities in developing a composting site.

Here are some of the factors that should be used in evaluating potential sites:

  • Transportation Impacts – transportation distance, traffic concerns, air quality, accessibility, proximity to feedstocks
  • Neighborhood Impacts – air quality (odors), noise, visual impacts
  • Environmental and Regulatory Impacts – ground and surface water quality, air quality, noise levels, cultural/community resources
  • Site Costs – acquisition costs, nearby population and housing concerns, on-site and off-site development costs (access roads, retention ponds, earth berms, etc), utilities and service upgrades
  • Multi-use Potential – co-located at permitted landfill or waste water treatment facility
  • Size and Shape Factors – tons per year (TPY) to be processed, conducive to on-site vehicle flow
  • Seasonal variations – Consistency of feedstock quality and quantity

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