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Close the Loop! Compost.

Highfields Center for Composting is your partner in community composting. Our mission is to close the loop on community-based, sustainable food and agricultural systems, thus addressing soil health, water quality, solid waste, farm viability, and climate change. We research, educate, and provide...

Zero Waste Event Guide

This guide will help the event planner design and implement a waste management program that encourages participants to make the correct decisions regarding recycling, composting, and trash disposal.

Growing Local Fertility: A Guide to Community Composting

Almost half the materials Americans discard—food scraps, yard trimmings, and soiled paper—are compostable. Municipal and county governments increasingly recognize the importance of composting. In fact, more than 250 communities have now instituted residential food scrap collection programs, up from...

Case Study: NEK Pilot Project

The Northeast Kingdom Residential Food Scrap Drop-Off pilot was a collaborative effort between Highfields Center for Composting (HCC) and the Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District (NEKWMD). The purpose of this pilot project was to provide residents within the NEKWMD an easy, convenient method...

Compost Monitoring Log

There are four primary monitoring practices that you should employ to one degree or another. These are: pile temperature, pile moisture content, pile odor, and a visual inspection of the site and piles. You’ll want to first read “Monitoring Compost Piles”. Then, print out the Composting...

Monitoring Compost Piles: How and Why

Monitoring compost piles is done for several reasons. Primarily, monitoring is done to provide the composter with insight as to what is happening in the compost pile during composting, such as the microbial activity and other pile conditions that will impact microbial activity. This information can...

Feedstock Sampling Protocol

When sampling feedstocks you are attempting to obtain a representative sample of a given material. You will eventually secure a one-quart to one-gallon sample (check with your lab for their preference); however the pile you are sampling from could contain 10, 100 or 1000 (or more) yards of material...

Site Identification & Development

The quality of your composting site will have a significant impact on your management efficiency, the ease of pile management and the quality of the compost produced on the site. Most importantly, the space available for composting and moisture management on the site will affect how you compost,...

Recipe Development Worksheet

Recipe development is employed by composters to develop compost recipes that are well-suited for the decomposer microorganisms who will drive the process – approximately 60% moisture, a ratio of 25 -30 parts carbon per part nitrogen, and a bulk density of 1000 pounds per cubic yard or less....

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