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International Compost Awareness Week
Composter Training Program
Are you a local government agency, non-profit, university or compost manufacturer interested in the “In’s-and-Out’s” of residential organics collection? Then this webinar is for YOU! Learn from expert Heidi Ringhofer, who has managed a small, urban compost facility in Minnesota.
During this webinar you will learn:
- challenges and opportunities with expanding collection programs to include food scraps.
- managing a facility within urban boundaries
- maintaining ordinances and compliance
- stakeholder engagement
- compost use outreach and education
Heidi has worked in Solid Waste Management for more than 20 years, including operations and supervision of hazardous waste programs for business and households; yard waste and source-separated organics composting programs; and regional recycling operations and solid waste transfer operations. She has spoken before national and state audiences and previous USCC conferences and the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA) conference.
Tim has worked in solid waste management for the Western Lake Superior
Sanitary District for 11 years. More recently he is one of the managers of a source-separated organics composting facility and yard waste collection site. He has also worked for the National Park Service collecting data for various aquatic research and monitoring efforts. Tom often presents compost operational summaries to groups who tour the District’s facilities.
Susan has coordinated environmental programs for 11 years for the WLSSD. She designed and implemented the district’s curbside food-waste pilot program, developed and manages the organics drop site program, oversees implementation and enforcement of the organic waste recovery ordinance, and creates and presents educational programs on composting, wastewater treatment and household hazardous waste at the local, regional and national levels. She spent 15 years teaching at the college level as well as eight years as education director at a teaching farm.
LID/Post-construction Water Quality Treatment
Are you concerned with the restoration and protection of vital water ways? Do you want to help reduce pollution in your local watershed? Attend this FREE information-packed webinar on post-construction water quality treatment. Learn about the latest research and how to design and implement Filtrexx® Treatment Train™ products to reduce urban and post-construction storm water pollutants.
See how to:
· Mimic and restore the natural hydrology of a site
· Permanently reduce stormwater runoff through biofiltration
· Reduce turbidity and TSS
· Naturally absorb hydrocarbons from urban runoff
· Remove harmful bacteria from combined sewers, pet parks, and agriculture
· Reduce phosphorus and nitrogen
· Filter particulate and soluble heavy metals
Purchase a complete recording of the webinar. After payment we will send you a link to the recording.
This presentation by Dr. Gary Felton provides an understanding of the biology (microbiology) that occurs when material composts. Microbes do the work and providing for their needs and controlling their functions result in a successful composting facility. After the webinar you will understand the principles involved in compost process control.
The basics in this course are the basics necessary for composting anything– from biosolids to butcher waste. The same fundamentals are essential when troubleshooting problems and developing solutions.
Dr. Felton discusses the process variables over which that are under the compost manufacturer’s control: feedstocks, oxygen, moisture, pH, and, to some degree, temperature. These process variables are the tools that will result in successful composting successful and allow you to adapt to any changes in the materials entering your operation.
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Purchase a complete recording of the webinar conducted on November 17, 2011 (free to those who already paid). After payment we will send you a link to the recording.
Many compost producers, both municipal and private, get involved in composting as an effective means of recycling organic residuals, with little thought given to marketing the final product. The disposition of the compost is often times viewed as a ‘build it and they will come’ situation, rather than a process which begins when the first organic residuals are delivered to the composting facility. There have been too many instances where surplus stockpiles of compost have become problematic to the producer, resulting in regulatory concerns and a lower value for the finished product. Compost marketing must begin when composting facility construction begins!
Basic marketing tenants include; know your product and understand your targeted market segments. This webinar will explain the agronomic benefits of adding compost to soil and will review the variety of applications for compost in the landscape including; topsoil manufacturing, turf topdressing, backfill mixes, erosion control and others. It will introduce the compost producer to the myriad of compost marketing opportunities available to them. The USCC’s STA Program will also be briefly explained.
Purchase a complete recording of the webinar conducted on July 17, 2011 (free to those who attended). After payment we will send you a link to the download. You can also request copies of the individual presentations, in pdf format.
Compostable plastics are being hailed as the route to zero waste and vilified as causing more harm than good in both recycling and landfilling. What exactly are “compostable plastics”? Are they different from “bioplastics”? Is “biodegradable” different than “compostable”?
This webinar will explain what compostable plastics are (and are not), where they are being successfully used, and examine some of the key challenges, such as identification and labeling, certification and standards, infrastructure development and consumer education.