Compost facility

Discussion in 'Nurseries and Growers' started by allinearth, Apr 14, 2007.

  1. allinearth

    allinearth LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am researching what would be involved in starting a compost facility. Can anyone advise on what is involved or point to a website, etc?
  2. Mike Fronczak

    Mike Fronczak LawnSite Senior Member
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    In NY a DEC permit is required I believe.
  3. NMS0219

    NMS0219 LawnSite Senior Member
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  4. NMS0219

    NMS0219 LawnSite Senior Member
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    This facility cost almost 2 million dollars to build back in 1990. I would hate to think what it would cost now.
  5. mowin at the lake

    mowin at the lake LawnSite Member
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    check with your local DNR
    in missouri, the rules are different depending on the size of the compost area.
    If you are using 3 acres or more you need to have a septic system for all runoff of water. The guideline for 1 acre or less is very minimal.
    You can usually get a grant (free money) however the state will want their name on the deed of land for a few years to make sure your not doing some thing stupid with the money.

  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have thought of that myself. It can be successful if you have the machine to till/aerate the pile when needed and enough water. To have a commercially viable product you must ensure that it 'cooked' well enough to kill weed seeds and disease organisms. When the pile cools, stir and add water if not done.


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