Community-Scale Composting Systems: A Comprehensive Practical Guide for Closing the Food System Loop and Solving Our Waste Crisis

Chelsea Green Publishing, 2019 - 464 pagina's

Composting at scales large enough to capture and recycle the organic wastes of a given community, whether a school, neighborhood, or even a small city, is coming of age, propelled by a growing awareness not only of our food waste crisis, but also the need to restore natural fertility in our soils. In-depth yet accessible, Community-Scale Composting Systems is a technical resource for farmers, designers, service providers, organics recycling entrepreneurs, and advocates of all types, with a focus on developing the next generation of organics recycling infrastructure that can enable communities to close the food-soil loop in their local food systems.

The main scope of the book is dedicated to compost system options and design, from basic sizing and layout to advanced techniques such as aerated static pile composting. Management techniques and operational considerations are also covered, including testing, feedstock characteristics, compost recipe development, and system-specific best management practices.

Though focused on recycling systems that include food scraps--the fastest growing sector of community-scale composting--the book is informed by and relevant to other composting sectors and will be a vital resource for anyone invested in diverting organic materials away from landfilling and incineration. Topics covered include:

  • Community-scale models
  • Estimating organics from individual generators and whole communities
  • Food scrap collection
  • Compost system sizing
  • Aerated static pile (ASP) systems design
  • In-vessel systems selection
  • Integrating animals with composting
  • Compatibility with compost heat recovery, vermicomposting, and other specialized methodologies
  • Composting best management practices
  • Nuisance management
  • Mitigating persistent herbicides
  • End uses, marketing, and sales

Whether you're an engineer, community organizer, permaculturalist, public sector waste manager, farmer, or just a dirt lover, Community-Scale Composting Systems is the definitive manual on composting, written at a crucial time when communities are just starting to see what the composting movement will ultimately offer our food systems, local and regional economies, and planet.


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Making Waste Management Compatible with Our Food System 7 How To
Composting Methods and Technologies
System Compatibility and Comparison
Compost Recipe and Feedstocks
Recipe Development 83 Feedstocks 90 Avoiding and Managing Contamination
Compost Site Processing Capacity and System Scale 114 Compost Site Budgeting
Compost Site Infrastructure Components 131 Food Scrap Receiving and Blending
Finishing Curing and Storing Compost 155 Finalizing Site Scale 159 Additional
Common Applications for ASP 204 ASP Benefits and Drawbacks 204 ASP System
SelfMade InVessel Systems 281 Commercially Available InVessel Systems
Systems for Composting with Animals 294 Sizing a System for Composting with
The Act of Collection 324 Other Collection Fundamentals 329 Collection Equipment
Compost Operator Training 349 Institutionalizing Composting and Compost Best
Compost Pile Monitoring and Management 360 Quality Control Standards
Compost Applications and Benefits 382 Compost Marketing and Sales
Compost Pile Monitoring Logs

Bin and Bay Composting Systems
Turned Windrow Composting Systems
Aerated Static Pile Composting Systems

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Over de auteur (2019)

James McSweeney is a composting consultant and educator. Through his work at the Highfields Center for Composting and current consultancy, Compost Technical Services , James has worked with hundreds of composters, large and small, on everything from site planning, design, and management to compost heat recovery and livestock feeding systems. He coauthored Growing Local Fertility: A Guide to Community Composting and has been an ardent proponent and collaborator in the community composting movement in the United States. With a background in agroecology and permaculture, restoring ecological integrity to our local farm and food systems is at the heart of James's work. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Amanda, and three kids.

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