ASTM WK55329

    New Guide for Operating a Successful Municipal Compost Program

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    WK55329

    1. Scope

    This standard is intended to provide a guide by which municipalities can evaluate and direct a municipal compost programs, a basis by which the compost operators can structure the operation of the composting process and provide consistency of municipal compost environments to allow for the creation of test standards and specifications that relate to real world conditions.


    Keywords

    Organic waste; composting

    Rationale

    In recent years there has been an increased interest in municipal composting of organic waste. This interest has increased the number of municipal compost programs and there have been ASTM standards written to test the performance of materials in municipal compost operations. Unfortunately, there is a wide variation in the operation of these programs making the success of municipal composting difficult and effective characterization of materials that will effectively compost even more difficult. This standard is intended to provide a guide by which municipalities can evaluate and direct a municipal compost programs, a basis by which the compost operators can structure the operation of the composting process and provide consistency of municipal compost environments to allow for the creation of test standards and specifications that relate to real world conditions. A few items that should be addressed are: 1.The need for composters to assess/adjust aeration, moisture, C/N balance, temperature for consistent, safe and effective performance and what those parameters should be. 2.Guidance on how to balance better output compost with the increased expense to produce higher quality compost (many dont have the time or money to optimally manage compost) 3.Guidance on the inclusion of food waste in municipal programs along with the unique challenges it can pose (odors, leachate, contaminants bacteria/virus and pests) 4.Measures a municipality can take to increase the likelihood of a successful program (education, support, buy-back programs, etc) 5.Environmental conditions by which tests can be based that will correctly identify the performance of materials within the majority of municipal compost operations. 6.Process related approach for successful programs, not including financial arrangements, legal aspects

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Work Item Status

    Date Initiated:
    07-14-2016

    Technical Contact:
    Teresa Clark

    Status:
    Draft Under Development