|Back view of in-vessel system|
One of the offered pre-conference activities at the U.S. Composting Council's 20th annual conference held in Austin, TX was a tour of three composting facilities. The tour bus was full with conference attendees eager to learn about the impressive Austin composting operations.
The first stop was at Lanier High School where an in-vessel composting unit is installed with a vermiculture system set to finish the in-vessel end product into valuable worm castings. Although not in operation yet, Willis Poder, ACR Engineering, and Glenn McConkey, X-Act Systems, gave an excellent system overview.
|Entrance to Hornsby Bend Facility|
|Windrows @ TDS|
TDS uses traditional aerobic, turned windrows for pre-consumer organic composting. For their post-consumer organics, TDS builds covered static piles to create higher temperature to break-down the longer decomposing items inherent within the stream.
|Baled material awaiting sale|
For a detailed pictorial recap of the tour see the Ei FB album, 01-17-12 USCC Composting Facilities Tour. It was a gorgeous day to be outside learning about how important the microbial community is to our human existence.
The tour was the perfect educational prelude to the next two days of USCC Conference sessions. Kudos to Mike Virga, USCC executive director, for orchestrating an excellent conference with just over four months in his industry leadership role.