|Steve @ entrance to his 30+ yr|
For C & C Peat the main intake for the compost operations is horse bedding from Central Florida thoroughbred racing stables, typically pine shavings. In addition to the horse bedding, C & C adds pre-consumer food waste and slurry (2% bio-solids) from the adjacent water treatment plant. Due to concern over herbicides and pesticides, C & C Peat does not accept yard trimmings as a carbon source for their compost recipe.
|on-site assembled blender, shredder|
Simplicity is one of C & C Peat's key ingredients to producing their high quality product. Even without the technology bells and whistles, C & C Peat has an impressive equipment capital investment required to convert manure, food waste and bio-solid slurry into a valuable horticulture product.
During the tour, Steve confirmed C & C Peat would accept post-consumer food waste including certified compostable packaging, as long as the feedstock is reasonably contaminant-free. For a pictorial recap of the tour, visit the Elemental Impact FB album, 01-28-13 C & C Peat Tour.
|The WM Team|
After mixing the intake into the proper recipe ratios, the food and woody debris are transferred to concrete bunkers with negative air filter slabs. The filter system keeps the piles aerated, which prevents methane gas production during decomposition, and pulls air filled with "smelly" microbial activity into a cedar bio-filter. Every 15 days the piles are moved to the next bunker until the compost is finished in 60 days.
|Food waste & yard debris in|
concrete aerated bunker
While many communities lack food waste composting destination sites, Central Florida is blessed with two open, permitted facilities operating well under their food waste intake capacity. With Orlando close-by, it is perplexing to know food waste travels to landfills with available local alternatives.
The USCC | National Restaurant Association partnership is designed to equate the supply and demand challenges inherent within mobilizing the foodservice industry to source-separate food waste for composting collection. Central Florida is ripe for equating the ample food waste supply available with the composting site destination demand. For details on the USCC | NRA partnership, see the ZWA Blog, Collaboration is Key to Success.
To experience the magic inherent within the 2013 USCC Conference, read the ZWA Blog post, Compost, A Magical Experience. It is empowering to witness an ancient industry rediscovering its identity within modern times and innovative technologies..