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New Master Composting Course Offered in Abbotsford

For many of us, composting is a positive word. Unfortunately, for some of us, the word composting brings up negative or conflicting emotion, in part because of the increasing concerns regarding odour, or perhaps because the increasing amount of plastic … Continue reading

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Does Residential Organics Composting Have to Smell Bad?

A few days before Christmas I sang a variation of “Do You See (Smell) What I See (Smell)” to my wife as we walked through a store parking lot. The smell of residential organic waste composting was distinct! Which of … Continue reading

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Killing Potential Pathogens in Compost – Cold and Calculated

There is hope that smaller communities and institutions who want to compost their own organic waste can do so safely and produce a pathogen free compost. Its been traditionally understood that if we can’t achieve temperatures of > 55 C … Continue reading

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Helping us Pass the Sniff Test for Composting – the Amazing Actinobacter

The Sniff Test helps us produce great compost with minimal negative effects for our communities. If we get the composting process right, we allow the Actinobacter to flourish. Actinobacter produce geosmin, a compound that we can smell in the parts … Continue reading

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High Airflow Rates Reduces Odor and Kills Pathogens Faster

Supplying adequate air to composting material, particularly in the first week, dramatically reduces the potential for odour emission later. It appears that adequate aeration early in the process also encourages a microbial community that is antagonistic to potential pathogenic organisms. … Continue reading

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Pathogen kill – more than just high temperatures?

Temperatures > 55 C are required for at least a few days to ¬†achieve pathogen kill during composting. We would then naturally agree that if the high temperature requirement was not met, we would have a higher risk of potential … Continue reading

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