Need input here in building a nat'l database for all (CERTIFIED!) compost facilities

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Marcos, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
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    I'd like to know if any of you have had jobs out-of-state, or out of your general region; and have had trouble finding quality, or otherwise state "certified" compost?


    One site that I've was made aware of at a trade show some time ago:

    http://www.findacomposter.com/
    ...is obviously blatantly inconsistent and/or lacking in its number of contacts state-to-state.


    When you Google the words "national network of composting facilities"...
    you can pull up NATIONAL datadases in the first three Google pages for Canada, Italy, and Greece.
    (Yeah...you'll also see an assortment of states in there like Alaska and S. Carolina...but try to find a COMPREHENSIVE national database...!)


    Yesterday I exchanged business e-mails with Dan Matsch from a company called Eco-Cycle, Inc out of Boulder Colorado.
    This is what he had to say about this issue:

    "Are you familiar with the US Composting Council, www.compostingcouncil.org? They are the closest thing to what you are looking for. I heartily agree that it would be great if there was a national database for all certified compost facilities that anyone could use. The USCC did get a grant from NatureWorks to compile a list of certified FOOD WASTE facilities, but I do not know of a list of all yard waste facilities. That’s considerably more research and administration so I would guess they would tell you they don’t have the money for such an endeavor, but I encourage you to contact them and ask – they need to hear of the demand before they’ll do it."

    _____

    Well, obviously, when you go to the USCC site...it's not exactly a "help me find the compost" site. It's much more of a "send me the money" site :laugh:.

    So......
    I'm open to ya'lls ideas! :)
    Is there something out there that we're both missing?
    Or are we ready & willing to help towards a national lobbying effort towards USCC, like Mr. Matsch suggested doing?
    :waving:
     
  2. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    I would have to drive all day to get out of the state.

    and more government and regulation, great idea just what we need!!! can we get some more fees also and maybe a training or apprenticeship to, that way we have to work for someone else first then try and start.

    hey maybe even force the small farm scale guys to get involved, make them pay some to..........
     
  3. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 5,137

    I turned my compost pile today do i get some cash now????
     
  4. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    not until you turn it 3 times and get it hot.lolol
     
  5. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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    i go show it some porn to get it hot :weightlifter:
     
  6. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    it has to be microbe porn, maybe something with molasses.LOLOL
     
  7. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 5,137

    ohhhhh the kinky stuff no problem
     
  8. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    yep the more dirty the better, lets see some mytosis, yeah thats good,,,,,,
     
  9. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    I would prefer something more along the lines of a Consumer Report in which any one adds a name to a site with an approval rating.

    When you talk about certified - I think of gov't controlled.
    When you get consumer input - I think quality product or thumbs down.

    I would definately be suspiscious of a product that is gov't certified.
     
  10. Prometheus

    Prometheus LawnSite Member
    from EDEN FL
    Posts: 51

    first define certified and then we can go some place with this??

    are you saying tested independently, EPA??? is municipal exempt in there also??? owner producer???US CC ???
     

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