Tuesday, January 28
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|Foundations of Composting|
This intensive and interactive one-day training will cover the basic concepts, practices and “how to’s” of commercial compost production. The course will provide a broad foundation for novice compost operators, managers and regulators and will refresh veteran composters on the underlying scientific principles. Subjects will include: Basic principles of composting, process insights, facility design and management, feedstock properties, qualities of compost, odor control, major processing methods, and an overview of markets for compost.
|Robert Rynk and Matthew Cotton||8:00 - 4:00||$310/$385|
|Community Food Scrap Composting—Path To Success|
This is designed to be a hands-on training for community food scrap composting. The technical aspects of community composting to be covered include: 1) Siting and planning small scale operations—locations include community gardens, schools, businesses, churches, food pantries, farms, recreational areas, housing developments; 2) “System Support”—compost team/staff recruitment, retention, duties, and training; communication (team, site, signage, etc.); identifying community or neighborhood resources, strengths, opportunities, and challenges; building community support and good neighbor practices; and fundraising; 3) Community Scale Compost Systems—from tumblers to worm bins; 4) Sizing operations to stay within state regulations and how this translates into site and system needs, capacity, volunteer/staff duties, etc.; 5) Sourcing the right materials; and 6) Ensuring success: BMPs – fromsite inspection to process management and maintenance.
|Athena Bradley and Natasha Duarte||8:30 – 4:30||$310/$385|
|Compost Business Management|
This full day training will cover the basic principles and techniques necessary to create a successful compost business. This course is designed to provide a ‘buildable” foundation for all attendees. Topics covered will include a variety of items necessary to establish and maintain a viable compost business, including:
|Mark King and David Hill||8:30 – 4:30||$310/$385|
|Optimizing BMPs for Compost Facility Planning and Management|
In this workshop we will present a scientific perspective for understanding and optimizing the active composting process which is intended to provide a framework for facility design and operation. This approach is built on the published results of researchers in Nordic Europe who’s work led to the establishment of design and operational standards that solved the persistent odor issues that had plagued their composting industry. While the compost science presented gives insights into any scale of operation, the design standards presented focus on forced aeration methods at facilities that need to control their air emissions while optimizing throughout.
|Tim O’Neill and Geoff Hill||8:30 – 4:30||$310/$385|
|Compost U--Moving Colleges and Universities Toward Zero Waste with Organics Recovery: Workshop 201|
We will begin this workshop with a review of Compost U Workshop 101, including understanding baseline metrics for organic materials, recycled materials, and waste volumes generated on college and university campuses and their related costs, as well as a list of possible solutions for organics collection and processing. We will then move into Workshop 201, to discuss outreach and education to support organics recovery programs at universities. Given the variety of engagement points students, faculty, staff, and visitors encounter on campus, the implementation of clear, concise, and consistent program messaging across campus is paramount. We will emphasize best practices and identify key resources to empower attendees to maximize their organics recovery program outreach.
|Nicole Chardoul and Kelly Domino||8:30 - noon||$205/$255|
|Odor Control for Windrow Operations|
Tired of getting odor complaints? This course will help you understand odor impacts from composting sites; what effect concentration, dilution and the character of odor compounds has on complaints. We will look at what is available for odor field testing, lab sampling and dilution modeling. We will dive into the pile ecosystem and discuss how managing pile oxygen levels lowers odor emissions.
|Jeff Gage||8:30 - noon||$205/$255|
|Basics of Aerated Static Pile (ASP) Composting|
This four-hour workshop will introduce attendees to aerated static pile (ASP) composting, a growing alternative to traditional windrow composting. ASP composting has been around since the mid-1970s and was the main approach used for composting sewage sludges in the early days. With the growing popularity of food waste composting, ASP systems are being considered more often due to their smaller footprint, better process control, and fewer odor management challenges.
|Craig Coker||1:00 - 4:30||$205/$255|
|Introduction to Biochar|
The science and practice of composting with biochar will be presented by four scientist from the USDA Coastal Plains Research Center in Florence, South Carolina, and two commercial producers of biochar enhanced compost products from North Carolina and California. The scientists will describe methods of creating and characterizing biochar with enhanced capabilities using different thermochemical and biological technologies, how “designer biochars” can be created to address particular crop and soil conditions, soil carbon, effect of biochar blends on soil microbial communities and composting biochar with worms. Commercial suppliers will discuss some fo the challenges involved in creating specialized compost / Biochar blends, how Biochar enhances compost quality, benefits of composting with Biochar to boost effectiveness, and best management practices to optimize product quality. They will provide an overview of the new market opportunities for biochar enhanced compost.
|Jeff Novak, Jon Nilsson, Peter Hirst||1:00 - 4:30||$205/$255|
|Compost Marketing for Public Facilities|
Operating a public composting facility can face very different challenges from those of a private composting facility. A significant challenge can be compost market development, with barriers such as a lack of marketing/sales staffing, as well as related internal systems and policies. In some cases, ordinances must be modified in order to even ‘sell’ the compost product, and in others, more workable pricing policies must be established to allow for expanded marketability (volumes). In cases such as these, specific marketing and sales strategies must be employed.
|Ron Alexander||1:00 – 5:00||$205/$255|
|* Attending a workshop is a separate fee NOT included in a Full Conference Registration.|