Ted Dirkx

Ted Dirkx

Ted Dirkx

Vermeer | "Overcoming Contamination: Top 10 Best Practices from around the North America"

Sioux Falls, South Dakota | tdirkx@vermeer.com

USCC Member

After studying composting and graduating with a degree in Environmental Studies from Central College he joined equipment manufacturer Vermeer Corporation in Pella, Iowa. For the past 9 years he has been traveling about 25 weeks a year roaming North America and beyond helping organizations setup compost facilities, manufacture mulch, clear land, and produce biofuels. As he interacts with operations he is a curious learner of all things that make their operations successful and strives to help operations improve by sharing best practices. He has presented at the Compost Council of Canada Conference, Canadian Wood Waste Recycling Association, BioCycle Conferences, and US Compost Council Conference on topics related to operational efficiency, maintenance, and innovation.

Session Code: A4

Session Name: Physical Contamination

Session Time: Wed, January 27, Round 4, 3:00-4:15 PM EST

Session Description: Some level of physical contamination is inevitable, but it is still the number one headache most composters complain about. Here perspectives from three of our top equipment vendors on managing contamination

Presentation Title: Overcoming Contamination: Top 10 Best Practices from around the North America

Presentation Description: For every compost facility there are three constants that will always threaten an operation, fire, odor, and contamination. Each presents unique challenges and threatens an operation differently, but none is more aggravating than contamination. Its visible and pervasive, raging in your subconscious like a never-ending war. As more and more states push for greater levels of organics diversion entire new feedstocks like food waste have presented unprecedented levels. The solutions seem so obvious if people would just stop mixing them with their organics, but the reality is human behavior is complex and forever changing.

Like any major challenge there is not one clear cut solution, but like any good mechanic you should have a toolbox ready to attack the problem from multiple fronts. Understanding what each tool can do and how effective it can be is also important to balance each operations strategy with budgets.

Through Vermeer’s network of dealers around the world we have gained a unique perspective from our customers who struggle with contamination and the ways they overcome it. It’s through these experiences that I will share my top ten best practices for mitigating contaminates from both a proactive and reactive approach. The goal of this presentation is to inspire the audience to think differently about how they can take these best practices and develop a strategy to address the specific challenges they face.