Composting Equipment Information

CCompost binomposting equipment is used to create compost, a dark, rich soil conditioner (humus) that is created through the biological reduction of organic material. Organic composting uses organic materials that are placed in an environment with correct amounts of nitrogen, oxygen, and water. Examples of organic materials:

  • animal waste
  • food byproducts
  • municipal sludge
  • animal carcasses

The organic composting process can be carried out in a composter and produces humus-like material that is rich in nutrients.

Types

There are many different types of composting equipment. Examples include:

  • compost bins
  • compost tumblers
  • compost containers
  • compost turners

Compost bins, compost tumblers, compost containers, and compost turners are all used for storing stacks of scrap for forming compost. There are several types of compost bins such as a covered bridge organic hot bin, coated mesh wire bin, and earth engine double bin. A compost tumbler can produce compost in short amounts of time and improves the quality of compost produced. Commercial composting equipment is used to create large amounts of compost, but it is a costly process. Other composting equipment is commonly available.

Specifications

There are several ways in which composting equipment functions. Compost equipment stores scrap and forms it into compost. Some examples of compost bins specifications include size, capacity, weight, and use. A compost tumbler is capable of producing compost in just 21 days because it allows the air to reach the bacteria that breaks down the waste. Compost turners are used at places where less than 10,000 tons of compost is produced per season. A composter is a type of compost equipment in which the temperature of the material reaches up to 150° F and thus produces large quantities of compost in less time. Composting equipment is designed and manufactured to meet most industry specifications.

Applications

Composting equipment is used in many applications. Examples include producing compost for commercial purpose and for plant nutrition. Composting equipment produces compost that must fulfill standards of the Composting Council's new Test Methods for the Examination of Composting and Compost (TMECC), which provides protocols for the composting industry to verify the physical, chemical, and biological condition of composting feedstocks, material in process, and compost products at the point of sale.

Related Information

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IEEE Spectrum—Waste Not, Pollute Not

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