Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.

Compost Law & Policy Project Survey Results

516 views

Published on

Virginia Streeter
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Washington, D.C.

Published in: Environment
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

Compost Law & Policy Project Survey Results

  1. 1. COMPOST LAW & POLICY PROJECT Survey Results
  2. 2. RESPONDENTS SUMMARY • 24 total • Types of organizations: • 13 for-profit, eight nonprofit, three other (social cooperative, informal volunteer group) • 21 collecting and composting, two composting only, one support organization • 5 bike haulers • States include California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wisconsin • Amount of material being collected each week ranges from 60 to 2,500 lbs. • Majority are collecting under 1,000 lbs. weekly • Range of 35 to 7,500 lbs. of material being received at site(s) each week • Majority receive under 1,000 lbs. each week
  3. 3. SQUARE FOOTAGE OF COMPOSTING AREA Less than 300 sq. ft. 4 respondents 300 to 500 sq. ft. 5 respondents More than 500 to 750 sq. ft. 4… More than 750 sq. ft. 10 respondents
  4. 4. TYPES OF WORKERS 7 13 13 6 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 Full-time employees Part-time employees Volunteers Other NumberofRespondents (24total)
  5. 5. DISTRIBUTION OF TYPES OF WORKERS Volunteer only 6 respondents Part-time only 3 respondents Full-time only 2 respondents Full-time and part-time 3 respondents Part-time and volunteer 3 respondents All 1 respondent Other 6 respondents
  6. 6. MATERIAL GENERATORS 23 17 8 13 7 0 5 10 15 20 25 Residential Commercial Institutional On-site Other NumberofRespondents (24total) Other includes: • Farms • Farmers markets • Parties and events
  7. 7. NUMBER OF GENERATORS One generator 2 respondents Two generators 8 respondents Three generators 7 respondents Four generators 7 respondents
  8. 8. WORKERS AND GENERATORS • Six organizations working with all four listed types (residential, commercial, institutional, on-site) • Four have full-time workers • Two have part-time workers • None are volunteer only • One organization is residential only • Has full-time, part-time, and volunteer workers • Only organization with full-time employees that doesn’t receive material from at least two types of generators
  9. 9. TYPES OF COMPOSTING SYSTEMS USED 9 5 10 3 9 10 5 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 Windrows In-vessel Vermicomposting Bokashi 3-bin system Aerated static piles Other Number of Respondents (23 total)
  10. 10. NUMBER OF COMPOSTING SYSTEM TYPES USED Not yet composting 1 respondent Six types 1 respondent Four types 3 respondents Three types 4 respondents Two types 6 respondents One type 9 respondents
  11. 11. TYPES OF MATERIALS HANDLED 24 20 10 14 17 12 7 5 6 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 Fruit and vegetable scraps Grains and other cooked foods Meat, fish, and dairy Yard trimmings/green waste Paper bags or other paper products Compostable plastic bags Compostable plastic foodservice items & packaging Molded fiber containers Other Number of Respondents (24 total)
  12. 12. INSURANCE SUMMARY • Only four respondents knew whether or not state or local policies require insurance • Approx. two-thirds have insurance • Liability, vehicle, workers comp, disability • Majority of those without insurance would like to have it
  13. 13. BIGGEST PROBLEMS FOR COMPOSTERS 1. Insurance coverage 2. Size or system type restrictions 3. Local regulations 4. State regulations 5. Permitting 6. Zoning 7. Compost sales/donations
  14. 14. BIGGEST PROBLEMS FOR HAULERS 1. Insurance coverage 2. Local regulations 3. State regulations 4. Commercial hauling regulations/licensing requirements 5. Permitting 6. Exclusive franchise agreements/hauling contracts
  15. 15. 1. Enterprise structure 2. Licensing 3. A "Community Compost Policy Roadmap" 4. Model ordinances 5. Compost site permitting 6. Tax exemptions 7. Leasing 8. Pro bono lawyers 9. Policy agenda for action 10. Webinars on legal and policy issues 11. Zoning 12. Contracts 13. A "Legal Guide to Community Composting” 14. Hauling and transfer issues 15. Compost sales MOST IMPORTANT RESOURCES AND TOPICS

×