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Best Management Practices for Incorporating Food Residuals into Existing Yard Waste Composting Operations

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A written tour guide for composters embarking on the process of expanding into managing food residuals. Information is presented in four Sections, with a summary at the conclusion of each sub-section. Readers are encouraged to review summaries but not rely upon them as being comprehensive. Expanding into food residuals composting involves many facets which cannot be fully understood by reading only the summaries.

Food Donation

Surplus edible food should be used to feed the needy, see
http://www.epa.gov/wastes/conserve/smm/web-academy/2012/pdfs/smm412_larson.pdf for how it's being done and what you can do.
Also see http://www.epa.gov/wastes/conserve/smm/web-academy/2012/pdfs/smm412_larson.pdf and http://www.epa.gov/osw/partnerships/wastewise/pubs/needy2.pdf for further information

Composting in the Mid-Atlantic Region

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Produced in 2002 by the Mid-Atlantic Consortium of Recycling and Economic Development Officials (MACREDO) and funded by EPA Region 3, this document provides an overview of composting and nutrient management for the Mid-Atlantic region.

Links to directories of Composting facilities.

Delaware (yard waste composting/no food waste)
http://www.epa.gov/reg3wcmd/composting/sec_V_region_3_compost_list.html

Maryland (Prince George County)
http://www.goprincegeorgescounty.com/Government/AgencyIndex/DER/waste.asp?nivel=foldmenu(8)#4 Exiting EPA Web site, link to disclaimer

Maryland (Montgomery County)
http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/content/dep/solidwaste/facilities/compostingfacility.asp

New Jersey
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/dshw/rrtp/classcfc.htm

New York
http://compost.css.cornell.edu/maps.html Exiting EPA Web site, link to disclaimer

Pennsylvania
http://files.dep.state.pa.us/Waste/Bureau%20of%20Waste%20Management/WasteMgtPortalFiles/
PA_Food_Waste_Composting_Facilities.pdf

Virginia
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/waste/compost.html
http://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/452/452-230/452-230.html Exiting EPA Web site, link to disclaimer

West Virginia - Composting facilities in DE, MD, VA, and WV are listed at
http://www.ext.vt.edu/pubs/compost/452-230/452-230.html Exiting EPA Web site, link to disclaimer


Mid-Atlantic Composting Association

Mid-Atlantic Composting Association Exiting EPA Web site, link to disclaimer
The Mid-Atlantic Composting Association advocates market development to support composting and environmental quality in the mid-Atlantic states. The Association promotes science-based research, education, standards, and regulations for a sustainable composting industry and shares information through working partnerships.

Delaware

Delaware Solid Waste Authority
This site provides instructions for starting a compost, the benefits of composting and the implications of not recycling. The Delaware Solid Waste Authority offers a toll-free Citizens' Response Line, which operates from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you would like additional information or assistance, contact the Response Line at 1-800-404-7080.

Maryland

Maryland Department of the Environment
The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Web site offers a wide variety of environmental resources including related links and publications. Their page on composting describes the process of composting and provides valuable tips on what not to compost.

mastercomposter.com Exiting EPA Web site, link to disclaimer
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Mastercomposter.com provides newsletters, detailed instruction on composting, links to international resources, equipment for developing your own compost and online chat rooms where people interested in composting topics can connect.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's composting site provides instruction, constructing and using a compost as well as a schedule for composting seminars and a "how to" home composting video.

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The Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania's Organics Council serves members involved in composting and other organic recycling efforts. This site offers information about organics events, composting regulations and standards, and home composting and grasscycling.

Virginia

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
The Virginia DEQ site includes a link to the state's vegetative waste management and yard waste composting regulations.

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Mastercomposter.com provides newsletters, detailed instruction on composting, links to international resources, equipment for developing your own compost and online chat rooms where people interested in composting topics can connect.

West Virginia

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Mastercomposter.com provides newsletters, detailed instruction on composting, links to international resources, equipment for developing your own compost and online chat rooms where people interested in composting topics can connect.

Recycler's World Exiting EPA Web site, link to disclaimer
Recycler's World is an online directory for recycling associations, traders, equipment vendors, publications and exchanges. The site also offers a calendar of upcoming events related to composting and recycling.


On Farm Composting Manuals

There are two excellent On Farm Composting manuals available on line \


PA Food Merchant's Association Workshop June 21, 2007


Presentations from Virginia Food Waste Workshop August 8, 2006


Mid Atlantic Organics Summit November 30, 2006Organic Booklet Cover

    
   Background On Food Residuals Generation and Recovery [1page, 49.9 KB]

   Food Waste Composting Activities In The Mid-Atlantic States [6 pp, 169 KB]

   Composting Facilities in EPA Region 3 [16 pp, 843 KB]

   Mid-Atlantic States’ Composting Regulations [4 pp, 108 KB]

   Organics Summit Presentations

          Other Resources [3 pp, 73.7 KB]

Blacksburg, VA Food waste Composting workshop October 23, 2008


May 21, 2009 Organics Composting Forum

Building Infrastructure and Markets, with MWCOG, ILSR and the Alice Ferguson Foundation- Presentations from this workshop are on the MWCOG Web site.Exiting EPA Web site, link to disclaimer


Richmond, VA, Surplus Food Recovery Workshop, May 8, 2012

Presentation Files - PDF [about pdf]

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Composting in Schools

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