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City of Whitehorse Runs An Excellent Aerated Windrow Composting Process for its Organic Material

The City of Whitehorse operates an excellent organic waste program for their community. They use an aerated windrow composting process, where the material is aerated and turned 8-10 times during the composting process. The screened product undergoes laboratory testing, but … Continue reading

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Composting Food and Vegetable Waste to Minimize Odour and Leachate

One of the challenges with composting food and vegetable wastes is the their high moisture content – they contain 80-90% water. If we want to reduce the risk of odour and leachate during composting, we must reduce the moisture content … Continue reading

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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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