32nd Annual Conference
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APRIL 1, 2, 3, 4, 2019   PORTLAND, OREGON   

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BioCycle WEST COAST19 Workshop 2

Foundations Of Composting
Monday, April 1, 2019; 7:45 AM–4:00 PM

Updated 2.8

Fee: $245 with 2-day conference registration
or $370 workshop only
Includes lunch


Matthew Cotton, Integrated Waste Management Consulting, LLC
Robert Rynk, State University of New York, Cobleskill


Covers basic principles of composting, monitoring and managing the process, data collection and interpretation, odor control, organic material collection methods, review of major processing methods, and an overview of markets for compost. Also beneficial as refresher course for composters seeking USCC Certified Compost Operations Manager certification.



7:45 AM—8:15 AM Workshop Registration/Material Distribution

8:15 AM—8:30 AM Greetings, Course Objectives

8:30 AM—9:00 AM Why Composting?


• What are the drivers for Composting in the US?
• How much of the waste stream can be composted?

9:00 AM—10:00 AM Compost Uses, Markets, Compost Quality


• What are the major markets for Compost?
• What are the key attributes of compost users are looking for?

10:00 AM—10:15 AM Morning Break

10:15 AM—11:30 AM Basic Principles of Composting

• A review of the fundamental biological principles of composting
• A review of composting's major processing steps


11:30 AM—12:00 PM Composting Methods & Processing Operations

• An overview of the primary composting methods in use
• A review of typical processing equipment


12:00 PM—1:00 PMLunch

1:00 PM—1:30 PM Composting Methods & Processing Operations (Cont.)

• An overview of the primary composting methods in use
• A review of the typical processing equipment

1:30 PM—2:30 PM Siting and Design 

• What does it take to site a resilient compost facility?
• Basic principles of facility design

2:30 PM—3:30 PM Management Issues

• Putting everything we've just reviewed into practice
• Managing odors, fires, other nuisances

3:30 PM—4:00 PMQuestions & Discussion