(d) Composting on Industrial, Commercial or Institutional Sites or Zoos. A composting operation located at an industrial, commercial or institutional site or zoo which composts less than four cubic yards or less than two tons per week of vegetative materials, food materials or animal manures that are generated on-site , and where, at least 30 days prior to commencement of operations, the operator notifies the Department and the board of health, using a form as may be supplied by the Department.
Marshfield Fair Administration Building And behind the building, composting!
Enclosed (if composting food waste)
Rodent-proof (metal, secure cover and floor and openings less than ½”)
Volume -1 cubic yard = 27 cu. ft. = 3’x3’x3’ = optimal size for efficient, hot composting
Built-in aeration system to eliminate turning
Easy to use for those who will be using it – e.g., if kids, it should be kid-friendly
If money and infrastructure available, consider high end in-vessel systems (such as Earth Tubs, Compostumblers, WigWams)
If labor is available, consider building bins for a low-tech system with manual or mechanized turning
If money and labor are not available, consider using ready-made, passively aerated bins
Three Compost Bins on State Contract FAC61 New Age Composter New Age Composter New Age Composter 3 Models: 11 cu ft, 24 cu ft, 30 cu ft capacity Vendor: New England Plastics 508-998-3111 Price: Bin-11: $46 Bin-24: $53 Bin-30: $59 Add $4 per bin for orders of less than 21 bins
Earth Machine 10 cu ft capacity Three Compost Bins on State Contract FAC61 Vendor: Norseman Plastics, ORBIS Co. 888-675-2878 x722 $40 Minimum order: 20
Three Compost Bins on State Contract FAC61 Bio-Orb 13 cu ft capacity Vendor: New England Rain Barrel 877-977-3135 $89.95 Only available in bulk through pre-order programs which are designed and executed by the vendor
Town of Marshfield donated three New Age Composters, Model Bin-24 (24 cu ft) for the composting effort at Marshfield Fair Waste diversion + Education opportunities + Promotion of municipal bin program
Did they work? Unscreened compost after a year in the bins with no management once the Fair ended Volume reduction = 75% No odor problems during or after the Fair Composted about 1,000 lbs of food and produce waste from the 10 day event
Some of our compost ingredients…”Greens” Veggies from the agricultural exhibits… …soggy pretzels after a rain storm Bloomin’ onions & all the fixings… Flowers from the horticulture exhibits
And “Browns”… Sawdust from the chainsaw artists Horse bedding Cardboard and pressed paper Hay sweepings Bedding bags Wood shavings after an event
Gave out containers to vendors with produce waste – buckets, bins or boxes
Coordinated with existing system for maintaining agricultural exhibits (trained agriculture volunteers doing daily culling)
Volunteers collected containers each morning after recycling and waste collection
Collection evolved and adapted based on needs and available resources
Label for 5-gallon pails
Compost collection…where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Compost from previous year made available to fairgoers
Make the system easy for others to use Label bins with instructions Keep “browns” on hand for covering fresh “greens”
Thanks to all the volunteers over the years!
Soil and Compost Testing Laboratory West Experiment Station University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA 01003-8010 413-545-2311; 413-545-1931 fax www.umass.edu/plsoils/soiltest
Minnich, J. and Marjorie Hunt. 1979. Rodale Guide to Composting , Rodale Press, Emmaus, PA
Appelhof, Mary. 2000. Worms Eat My Garbage, 2nd Ed . Flower Press, Kalamazoo, MI.