New Morning Schedule for Aug. 5 Ohio Composting Tour

A central Ohio composting facility that takes in 150,000 cubic yards of yard trimmings and food waste every year, equal to the loads of nearly 40,000 pickup trucks, and makes sellable mulches and soil blends.

A new renewable energy system set to generate 1 million watts of electricity an hour from, among other things, sewage from the city of Columbus.

How to meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards for composting facilities, pass an inspection, and protect both your workers and business.

Learn about all that more at Composting in Ohio 2010: A Tour of the Industry, Thursday, Aug. 5, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., in and around Columbus.

Organizers say the program is for composting facility operators, researchers, educators, public-agency personnel, government officials and anyone else with an interest in large-scale composting and compost use.

Registration costs $40 per person, includes lunch and is due by July 30.

Call 330-202-3533 or e-mail for details, or download the tour brochure and registration form at (click on the link for the tour under “In the News”).

Featured will be:

• Kurtz Bros. Inc. composting facility, 2850 Rohr Rd., Groveport, the tour’s starting point (9 a.m., with registration starting there at 8:30 a.m.). The company’s Class II facility processes 150,000 cubic yards of yard trimmings and food waste a year and turns it into mulches and soil blends.

• The Columbus Composting Facility, Lockbourne (10:15 a.m.), which mixes biosolids from wastewater treatment with wood chips and yard waste; composts the blend over perforated pipes; pulls air through the pipes; treats it in a wood-chip biofilter; and sells the finished compost as Com-Til, a soil amendment.

• Kurtz Bros.’s renewable energy project with quasar energy group (11:30 a.m.), which uses high-solids anaerobic digestion; will eventually process up to 35,000 tons of city of Columbus biosolids, food waste, fats, oils and grease annually; and will generate green energy: some 1 million watts of electricity an hour.

• “Stories from the Front Lines of an OSHA Inspection” by Bill Schneider, GT Environmental Inc. (1:30-3 p.m.), featuring a virtual OSHA inspection of a composting facility plus tips on documentation, protective clothing, air quality monitoring and more.

• The Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, the first building ever on the Ohio State University campus to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified. Lunch (12:30-1:30 p.m.) and Schneider’s talk will take place there, with self-guided tours afterward (3 p.m.).

Ohio State’s Ohio Composting and Manure Management Program (OCAMM) and the Organics Recycling Association of Ohio (ORAO) are the sponsors.

OCAMM is an interdisciplinary program that works to research, develop and communicate sustainable strategies for managing animal manures and nutrients on Ohio farms.

ORAO, formerly known as the Ohio Compost Association, is a non-profit organization aimed at promoting the growth of Ohio’s organics recycling industry.

OARDC is the research arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and is the largest university agricultural bioscience research center in the United States.

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