Tuesday, January 28


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 - 4:00$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 Duarte8:30 – 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.
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 - 4:30$205/$255
Introduction to Biochar
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Jeff Novak, Jon Nilsson, Peter Hirst1:00 - 4:30$205/$255
Compost Marketing for Public Facilities
Understanding specific technical aspects of the ‘green industry’ is essential to the successful marketing of compost. This workshop was developed to provide composters and compost marketers with a basic technical understanding of soil and plant functions, and explain how compost assists these functions - ‘WHY COMPOST IS SO GOOD FOR THE SOIL AND WHY IT HELPS PLANTS GROW’. The course also describes products that are used along with compost, as well as those which compete with compost, as well as the pros and cons of their usage, compared to compost. Without understanding the basics of the industries in which we sell, it is impossible to be productive in the sale of compost. This course provides these basics on an easy to understand and practical level.
Ron Alexander1:00 – 5:00$205/$255
* Attending a workshop is a separate fee NOT included in a Full Conference Registration.