Compost Specific Storm Water Management Guidance
Among best practices for food scraps management is situating the unloading/loading areas indoors or in a covered area.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is seeking input on guidance it is developing to address storm water management at composting operations.
Marsha Johnston
BioCycle December 2014, Vol. 55, No. 11, p. 30

State Orders Closure Of Peninsula Compost Facility
Wilmington Organics Recycling Center (WORC), circa 2010 Photo courtesy of WORC

On October 20, David Small, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), issued a Secretary’s Order to Peninsula Compost Company LLC of Wilmington requiring closure of its organics recycling facility.

Ordinances To Amend Soils Boost Compost Demand
New properties within Denver Water’s service area are required to amend soils with 4 cy of compost/1,000 sq. ft. of permeable area to a depth of 6 inches.

Municipalities everywhere are realizing that some of the environmental issues they are grappling with locally
may be mitigated by healthier soils.
Rachel Cernansky
BioCycle October 2014, Vol. 55, No. 9, p. 22

Texas Company Bets On Quality Compost
A Diamond Z tub grinder processes material after composting and before curing.

Entrepreneurs turned around a failing mulch grinding business and today operate several composting sites in the Houston, Texas region.
Dan Emerson
BioCycle October 2014, Vol. 55, No. 9, p. 32

 

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10 Trends In The Compost Marketplace
Howard County is running a residential source separated organics collection pilot, and composting materials at its Alpha Ridge Landfill site (feedstock materials grinding shown here).

Veteran compost marketer highlights trends that have helped to shape the expanding marketplace for compost.
Ron Alexander
BioCycle September 2014, Vol. 55, No. 8, p. 32

2014 Recipients Of The Jerome Goldstein Scholarship Fund For EcoEntrepreneuring
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The 2014 recipients of the Jerome Goldstein Scholarship Fund For EcoEntrepreneuring presented their research findings at the Rutgers University EcoComplex in Bordentown, New Jersey on August 25, 2014.

Compost And Mulch Aid Drought Survival
The wheat yield increase across all harvests was 16 percent due to higher water holding capacity. (Image courtesy of King County Wastewater)

Composts and organics should be emphasized as much as efficient irrigation techniques to keep crops growing in these times of uncertain water supplies. Part I
Sally Brown
BioCycle March/April 2014, Vol. 55, No. 3, p. 78

 

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Connections: Teamwork!
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BioCycle February 2014, Vol. 55, No. 2, p. 46

Testing For Persistent Herbicides In Feedstocks And Compost
Figure 1. Antibody and antigen

New testing methods may be available by mid-2014, including molecularly imprinted polymers that simplify extraction and analysis procedures, and a “dipstick” to test for the presence, although not necessarily the concentration, of certain persistent herbicides. Part III
Craig Coker
BioCycle January 2014, Vol. 55, No. 1, p. 31

Tree Service Expands Mulch And Compost Markets
Kachur Tree Service has a drop-off area for other tree services and landscapers in the area to use at no charge. There are separate piles for the various materials coming in.

What started as a way to recycle its own tree trimmings and chunk wood has grown into a landscape products company selling natural and colored mulches and compost.
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle November 2013, Vol. 54, No. 11, p. 30

Compost Use On Athletic Fields And Golf Courses
Within three years of when compost was first used on the fairways and tee boxes, the Meadows of Sixmile Creek golf course in Wanaukee, Wisconsin was able to replace 100 percent of its synthetic fertilization and 95 percent of its chemical herbicides. Compost is supplied by Purple Cow Organics.

Compost manufacturers in the Southeast and Midwest are capitalizing on their products’ inherent capabilities to build soil organic matter, retain moisture and provide nutrients.
Dan Emerson
BioCycle October 2013, Vol. 54, No. 10, p. 30

Crop Trials Evaluate Green Bin Compost
Compost was added to strawberry beds at Heeman’s Farm in London, Ontario in early June at rates of 2 tons/acre and 4 tons/acre. The compost was rototilled into the rows, which then were covered with plastic mulch and planted.

Field trials are underway to determine whether compost made from source separated organics in the Toronto region improves soil quality and nutrient availability.
Peter Gorrie
BioCycle June 2013, Vol. 54, No. 6, p. 32

 

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Compost Integral To Sonoma Vineyard
Lou Preston of Preston Vineyards (above) in Sonoma County began making compost four years ago, pursuing an interest in biodynamic farming.

Preston Vineyards produces about 300 cubic yards/year of compost, which is applied in the fall after the October harvest.
Dan Emerson
BioCycle June 2013, Vol. 54, No. 6, p. 33

 

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Managing Nutrient Release In Compost-Amended Bioswale Soils
Soils put into the columns were mixed at a base ratio of 40 percent compost to 60 percent silica sand by volume. Targeted PSI levels were achieved before additions of water to mimic two types of storm events.

Research shows adding water treatment residuals to a bioswale soil mix immobilizes nutrients in compost that might otherwise leach.
Katrina Mendrey
BioCycle March 2013, Vol. 54, No. 3, p. 36

Natural Lawn And Crop Care With Composts And Teas
Compost tea must be applied within four to six hours after removing oxygen. Dane Terrill uses a diaphragm pump and does the application with a spray gun.

Flowerfield Enterprises, an organic lawn care and agricultural services company, mixes high quality thermophilic compost and vermicompost to produce tea with the best attributes.
Rhonda Sherman
BioCycle January 2013, Vol. 54, No. 1, p. 44

 

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Gravel Pit Reclamation With Compost
Windrows are turned every three days for 15 days with a Midwest Bio-Systems turner pulled by a tractor.

Compost made from short paper fiber and other industrial organics has been key to growing corn and hay crops in a former gravel pit.
Robert Spencer
BioCycle December 2012, Vol. 53, No. 12, p. 39

 

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Farms, Vineyards And Groves Reap Compost’s Benefits
Compost is spread heavily to focus fertility for row crops on Gardens of Eagan farm in Eureka Township, Minnesota.

Water retention, disease suppression and improved soil health are just a few of the perks of amending agricultural soils with recycled organics.
Dan Sullivan
BioCycle August 2012, Vol. 53, No. 8, p. 33

Building Compost Markets In Scotland
Keenan Recycling Ltd. in Aberdeenshire Scotland VCU

“We finally realized what farmers were looking for — a way to reduce the amounts they were paying for ever more expensive chemical fertilizers,” says Gregor Keenan. Part II
David Riggle
BioCycle May 2012, Vol. 53, No. 5, p. 27

 

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Growing A Compost Company
Grow Compost bagged compost retail product

What began as a search for compost evolved into an enterprise processing food scraps, dairy and horse manure, coffee chaff and wood chips.
Molly Farrell Tucker
BioCycle May 2012, Vol. 53, No. 5, p. 18

Practicalities Of Compost Marketing And Sales

TweetRon Alexander BioCycle January 2004, Vol. 45, No. 1, p. 25 After many years of compost marketing and market development, we have come to recognize a number of “truisms.” A leading one is that although compost is a great product and created from a “recycled” feedstock – and therefore is considered an environmentally “correct” product