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2020 Rhode Island Compost Conference & Trade Show

March 12, 2020

The 2020 RI Compost Conference features more workshops and presentations than ever.  This event is presented by the Environment Council of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College’s Office of Sustainability. The agenda includes the following presentations:

  • Chittenden Solid Waste District: Designing for VT’s 100% Food Scrap Diversion Mandate with Greg McCarron, PE
  • Composting Pilot Programs – Test before you invest
  • Bringing together perspectives to increase composting in Rhode Island with Moderator Katie Murphy and the RI Food Policy Council

 

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 8:30 am
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ASP Composting Program Allows a Facility to Test Before Invest

January 29, 2020

SCS Engineers launches a new program enabling waste managers and facilities to pilot test Aerated Static Pile (ASP) composting before making a capital investment. There is a high interest in organic materials management (e.g., composting, anaerobic digestion), driven by state and local regulations for diversion of organics from disposal facilities and the desire to reduce carbon emissions.

The organic fraction of any waste stream is successfully compostable, including materials, such as food scraps, yard trimmings, food processing by-products, and biosolids. The organic fraction of the municipal waste stream, which includes food scraps, is about 30 percent by weight, so it is possible to divert a significant amount from landfilling. SCS helps waste managers evaluate their organic waste streams and whether composting is a viable solution for their circumstances. ASP composting is often the preferred method because it is fast, cost-efficient, and controls odors and emissions effectively.

SCS owns a covered ASP compost system that is mobile and can be set-up on sites within an area of 50 feet by 100 feet, or less. In the covered ASP compost system, process and odor control is pro-active with a shorter composting period. A pilot test allows waste managers to assess composting and to see if it is the right fit for their situation. The ASP system processes material batches in two months. Additional batches or “recipes” can test in 2-month intervals.

SCS’ services include the setup and operation of the mobile ASP system. The system can compost up to 50 tons of targeted material per batch. SCS provides all equipment and consulting services, along with the test reports with the process and lab data. The resulting report and data are useful information to supplement a feasibility study (e.g., the quality of the end-products for sale or community use).

Greg McCarron of SCS Engineers comments, “Virtually every town can develop and support a compost program that is locally based and directly beneficial to their community. Our mobile ASP system can provide proof of concept for our clients and the information that allows managers to make informed decisions.”

Covered ASP Pilot Program details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am
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