Compost Workshop and Facility Tour Event

Central New York Compost Workshop & Facility Tour – June 27 & 28, 2016

NYS Grange Headquarters, 100 Grange Place, Cortland, NY 13045

Register here  – $10/day or $18 for both days, please indicate which day(s). Lunch provided both days.

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Workshop questions: Jared Popoli, jared.popoli@cortlandswcd.org or 607-756-5991

Registration questions: Lauri Wellin, lew4@cornell.edu or 607-255-1187

Central New York Community Compost Workshop & Facility Tour June 27th & 28th NYS Grange Headquarters – 100 Grange Place, Cortland, NY 13045

Register here ($10/Day or $18 for both please indicate which day(s)) 

Workshop Agenda – June 27, 2016 – 9am to 4pm

9:00 am – 9:15 am: Check-in, coffee

9:15 am – 9: 30 am: Welcome and Introductions

9:30 am – 10:15 am

Review of the Basics of Composting – Jean Bonhotal and Mary Schwarz – Cornell Waste Management Institute

Looking to start composting at home or in your community? Perhaps you are already doing it but want to learn more effective ways to manage it. This section will review the basics so that you are able to better understand what’s happening in your compost pile.

10:15 am – 11:00 am

What Makes Good Compost? – Jean Bonhotal and Mary Schwarz – Cornell Waste Management Institute

Composting comes in all shapes and sizes and can be as simple or complicated as you chose. Sometimes compost gets a bad rap “it smells, attracts critters or looks messy”. Learn how to manage your compost so that people are amazed that it doesn’t smell, attract critters or look messy. The microorganisms that do the work for you need a proper diet (feedstocks), moisture, air and shelter. Learn how to be a microbe farmer!

11:00 – 11:15 am – Break

11:15 am – 11:45 am

Uses of Final Product – Jared Popoli – Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District

We made compost, now what? Learn about some fun and exciting ways that compost can be used to grow your community. There are many ways compost can be used, some of which we are all familiar with, others that you may not.

11:45 am – 12:00 pm

Permitting Update – Nicole Smith – NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Part 360 Permitting Update, Current and Proposed Regulations and goals that the DEC has for composting and community composting in the future. This presentation will also go over the thresholds for exempt, registered and permitted facilities and what each means.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

It Can Work for You – Local Community Compost Programs: Kat McCarthy – Tompkins County Recycling & Solid Waste Center

No matter how large or small your community is or what sort of community you live in, community composting is possible and will surely benefit everyone. Throughout New York State and Central New York there are a number of successful programs that serve a wide variety of communities. This section will look at the Tompkins County program, which utilizes a variety of strategies to manage organics, including residential drop spots, onsite composting, and diversion programs for the commercial sector.

2:00 pm – 3: 00 pm

Hurdles & Troubleshooting Panel Discussion: Barb Reese- Seneca Falls Schools and others TBD

This interactive session will include a panel of people who are currently involved in community composting and will discuss issues they have run into, how they got started and some of their success tips/tricks.

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm – Break

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Setting Up Community Compost:

Presenter TBD – Community compost can mean many things, but with the variety of communities there are many different models that could work for you. If you are interested in helping to set up a community composting program hear about some of the things you will need to think about or address.

Central New York Community Compost

Facility Tour 28th

9am to 4pm

Meet at NYS Grange Headquarters

Homer Municipal Composting Facility:

The Village of Homer site is a yard waste facility serving residents of the Village of Homer that has been in operation for many years. For the last few years, the site has been staffed part time which has helped tremendously with management of materials. Village residents can drop off yard waste and pick up finished compost and wood chips for free. The Village of Homer and surrounding municipalities have a cooperative agreement and mutually own a tub grinder.

Cornell University Composting Facility:

Cornell University’s compost facility is a 4.0 acre facility that serves the Cornell Campus and community. The site handles approximately 850 tons of pre and postconsumer food scraps and compostables, 3,300 tons of animal manure/bedding, and 300 tons of plant material and soil. The facility uses a turned windrow system which creates compost in approximately 6-9 months. Finished material is either used on Cornell farm fields or is moved to a curing area to mature and then be sold to the community.

Tompkins County Recycling & Solid Waste Center:

Residents can drop off up to 10 gallons/person/day of food scraps (including paper towels and napkins), free of charge at a number of drop spot locations. The collected material is transported to Cayuga Compost to be turned into compost. There are also other options for businesses that are available.

Cayuga Compost:

Cayuga Compost is a division of P&S Excavating, LLC. We are an organics collection and commercial processing facility that is permitted to receive up to 5,000 tons of organics per year. Our facility encompasses 5 acres, and utilizes a turned windrow method. Since 2006, we have diverted over 23,000 tons of organics from going to the landfill; after a 10 month all natural process; these are turned into a fully composted, nutrient rich soil amendment. This all natural soil amendment is then sold in bag and/or bulk to homeowners, landscapers, agriculture, and construction companies. Cayuga Compost, in partnership with the Tompkins County Recycling Division, is expanding its outreach and services to further our combined goal of helping to keep our community healthy and sustainable.

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