NERC staff was an instructor for a 1-day Compost Operations Training was held in the Town of Bethlehem, New York on September 15, 2016. Designed for facility operators and managers, recycling coordinators, composting educators, students and others, the training was focused on adding food scraps to the compost mix. The training was co-sponsored by the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
There were fifty-three people participating in the training. The day started with several hours of instruction and discussion. The packed agenda included presentations and discussion on the science of composting, compost operations and methods, process management, facility management, and regulations. The afternoon included a facility tour of Bethlehem's permitted compost facility. In-field lessons, including temperature, moisture, bulk density, and oxygen measurements were conducted at the facility; site location, layout, drainage, and handling potential problems (including odor and fire) were also discussed.
Instructors for the training were: Bob Rynk, SUNY Cobleskill; Jean Bonhotal, Cornell Waste Management Institute; Athena Lee Bradley, Northeast Recycling Council; Gary Feinland, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; and, Phil Holloway, Empire Zero. Attendees received a number of resources, including NERC’s Organics Management and Composting Guide and Compost Marketing Guide, along with the training presentations.
Partners for the training: the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, SUNY Cobleskill, and Cornell Waste Management Institute.
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