Category Archives: The importance of aeration in composting

Diverting organic waste for the benefit of our soils – 9 years of teaching

I love how our communities are integrating the importance of diverting organic waste, and recycling it into compost that improves our soil and our food sustainability! One of my privileges with the Compost Facility Operators Course, is to assist our communities … Continue reading

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Benefits of Aerated Windrow Composting in Colder Climates

We had the privilege of working with the City of Whitehorse on their food waste and yard waste composting program. When they began the process five years ago, they initiated a turned windrow composting program. The challenges that they encountered … Continue reading

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Historical Research on Turned Windrow Composting and Aerated Composting of Biosolids

I had the pleasure of reviewing some classical data on composting biosolids from the LA County Sanitation District in a report published in 1982. The report is titled, Windrow and Static Pile Composting of Municipal Sewage Sludges by M.D Iacoboni,  … Continue reading

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Thermal Expansion of Plastic Piping for Composting

Yesterday, I commissioned another aerated windrow system for composting. These aerated windrows were 25 ft wide, 9 ft high and 200 ft long. Because its a high rainfall climate, we covered the windrow with Compostex fabric. There is one 6″ diameter … Continue reading

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Importance of Aeration to Optimize Compost Process and Reduce Area

Composting of animal manures is usually done with turned windrows. We had the opportunity to try out a self propelled windrow turner, so we too made turned windrows with dairy cattle manure (70% moisture which is usual for solid dairy manure).  We observed … Continue reading

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