Tuesday, January 28


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Full Day

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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 Cotton8:00 - 4:30$310/$385
Community Food Scrap Composting—Path To Success
This in-depth and interactive training for community food scrap composters is designed for small-scale operators and local government interested in supporting their efforts. 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); identifying community or neighborhood resources, strengths, opportunities, and challenges; building community support and good neighbor practices; and fundraising; 3) Community Scale Compost Systems—from windrows to 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; 5) Sourcing the right materials; and 6) Ensuring success: BMPs – from site inspection to process management. Community composting specifics for urban and rural/small town will be integrated into the discussion.
Natasha Duarte, Linda Bilsens Brolis and Brenda Platt8:30 – 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:

  • review of basic compost biology

  • feedstock management

  • equipment selection

  • financing and maintenance

  • measuring compost quality

  • health and safety concerns

  • compost marketing (bag and bulk sales) and distribution

  • compost business 101 (starting from the ground and working up)

Mark King and David Hill8:30 – 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 Hill8:30 – 4:30$310/$385


Half Day

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 Domino8:30 - 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 Gage8:30 - 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 Coker1:00 - 5:00$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.
Tom Miles,
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 Alexander1:00 – 5:00$205/$255
* Attending a workshop is a separate fee NOT included in a Full Conference Registration.


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Compost2020 Sustainability Tour:
Institutional Composting and Recycling is thriving in Charleston! See two excellent examples on this half-day tour. At the Boeing Production Facility you will walk the plant site and hear about Boeing’s Zero Waste Program, their successes and the challenges that they faced in supporting and sustaining the Boeing Composting Program. At the Medical University of South Carolina the tour will feature the Vermitech Worm Composter, the urban farm and compost use demo area. SMART Recycling serves both facilities, and you will see their carts and interior recycling and compost collection bins in both settings.

NOTE: Tour seating is limited and will CLOSE on January 20th. NO EXCEPTIONS
Morning Tour:
8:00 - 12:00

Afternoon Tour:
1:00 - 5:00