Ohio Composting Industry Tour
Join us for an up close look at two unique facilities and learn from the experts. Stops will include first-hand look at technology such as aerated static pile system, de-packager for food waste, feedstock grinder, compost screener, and leachate distribution. The day's agenda includes:
9:00 Allen-Oakwood Correctional Compost Complex, Lima, Ohio
Tour of the facility that is located in a retrofitted cattle barn. This Class II site compost food scraps collected on-site as well as food scraps, animal manure, yard trimmings, and other feedstock generated up to 85 miles away. Site highlights include:
- Aerated static pile system.
- Training program for inmates.
- Effective public-private partnership.
11:30 Lunch at Andre Farms, Wauseon, Ohio
Benefits of compost and other organic materials for crop production
- Presented by Greg LaBarge, Ohio State University Extension
12:30 Andre Farms Composting, Wauseon, Ohio
With over 25 years of composting experience, this Class II facility composts dairy manure, food waste, and yard trimmings to create a product that provides more plant nutrition compared to topsoil. Learn about:
- Best practices for composting large volumes of food waste.
- Producing high fertility composts.
Plus, equipment demonstrations will include:
- De-packager for food waste
- Feedstock grinder
- Compost screener
- Leachate (Liquid Organic Nutrient, LON) distribution
Continuing education credits for registered sanitarians have been requested.
Transportation will be available from Ohio State University Wooster Campus, leaving at 6:15 a.m. and returning at 6:00 p.m. More details available on tour flyer.
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