Brent Hansen Environmental Industry leader Practices Sustainable Development Treats waste as a resource to be harvested Waste management initiatives must also be.socially / economically viable Community education & awareness is key
Commercial Composting as Sustainable Development: Integrated enviro & economic decisions Stewardship and Conservation Waste minimization – all the R’s Reduce - Reuse – Recycle - Recover - Rethink Balancing the environmental, social, and economic impacts of our decisions.
Setting Up The Commercial Composting Operation of Airfield Organics Sustainable Development Factors Regulatory Perspective Operational Perspective Economic Perspective & Sustainability Environmental & Social Benefits
Airfield Organics Established in 2001 Operational ….February 2002 Partnership between: B H E Airfield Farms Ltd.
Regulatory Protocol Identify an appropriate site Manitoba Conservation guidelines Suitable source “raw” organic waste Sufficient volumes are needed to be viable Regional planning permission hoops Manitoba Conservation requirements Manure management plan Annual operational reports Liability & Impairment Insurance
Airfield Composting Pad
Operational Perspective Due Diligence Site Standards Leachate containment Monitor “raw” feedstock as added Ground water monitoring – quarterly Surface water monitoring - 3 times a year Analyze compost curing status – quarterly
Airfield Organics Site
Airfield Leachate Collection Ditch
Operational Activities Preparing a pad Stacking rows Turning / windrowing Temperature monitoring Adding moisture Source Pumping / transporting / introduction
Re-stacking Rows Windrow Turning
Loading leachate for moisture addition Introducing moisture to rows
CCME Class A Guidelines Assessment of Curing Status: C/N ratio less than 25 Must be cured for 6-month period/no longer reheats Does not contain any visible contaminants Must not contain any sharp matter Minerals/rocks/soil/wood/sand acceptable To Kill Pathogens using Windrow Method: Waste must attain temperature of 55 C+ for at least 15.consecutive days and turned 5X during this period.
Finished Compost Windrow
Environmental Benefits of Commercial Composting Extend life of landfill Reduce methane gas Managed leachate Production of enviro-friendly.organic soil amendment Meet Kyoto targets & credits
Social Benefits Quality of life Seven Generational Philosophy Linked with other factors like job creation Community pride Increased awareness and participation of.all.the R’s
Economic Perspective Access funding support Ensure financial sustainability Appropriate scale for community Quantify labor, fuel, equipment costs Charge realistic ‘Fee for Service’ End sales of product a small part Allow time to develop quality product
BHE provides Communities with a One-Stop Shop to set up and maintain a commercial compost site: Knowledge of rural Manitoba needs Professional engineering services Secure licensing and government approvals Satisfy due diligence concerns Product quality and marketing strategies Community education workshops / materials