Also referred to as commercial composting, industrial composting is large-scale composting which is designed to handle a high volume of organic waste. This compost that is produced can be sold to farms and plant nurseries or to individuals depending on how the facility is organized.
A typical industrial composting operation collects waste from grocery stores, restaurants, campus communities, green waste bins collected from households of individual families, and other commercial facilities with compost bins. Many facilities work along with garbage and recycling agencies to make composting easily accessible for individuals.
How does it work?
Step 1: Compost collected from curbside bins from homes, restaurants, parks, etc.
Step 2: Compost is brought to the compost processor where a very basic sort is performed to pull out large contaminates.
Step 3: Some food wastes and nitrogen-rich materials are put into a machine where it is mixed into a nitrogen-rich “sludge”.
Step 4: Carbon-rich items such as leave, branches, and paper, are mixed in with the “sludge” to make the proper carbon to nitrogen ration
Step 5: Carbon and nitrogen organics (paper products and food waste) are placed into long rows which are watered and mixed daily*
Step 6: Dark soil product, which is very nutrient rich, is created after three to six months and can be sold to farms or individuals for gardening and landscaping.
- *Steps vary depending on the type of composting used, see below.
- For more explicit details on this process check out these websites (including one of our own):
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