18th INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON WASTE MANAGEMENT
AND SUSTAINABLE LANDFILLING / 11-15 OCTOBER 2021

Basics of Composting

WEDNESDAY 16 JUNE 2021 / 15:00 - 18:00 (GMT+2)
Uta Krogmann
, Rutgers University (US)
Peter Strom
Rutgers University (US)





This webinar will cover the basics of composting including the microbial processes, composting systems, environmental controls, potential environmental problems, and compost quality and use. Composting systems range from backyard and community-scale composting to simple windrow systems to more complicated aerated static pile and enclosed building or in-vessel systems where various parameters such as temperature, moisture and oxygen supply are controlled. This webinar focuses on large-scale composting facilities (> 2,000 metric tons/year) although the microbial processes covered also apply to smaller composting systems.

This webinar is specially tailored for anybody who wishes to be introduced to the microbial ecology of composting and apply these fundamentals to composting systems.

TOPICS FOR THE WEBINAR:

  • Objectives of composting
  • Self-heating
  • Compostable materials
  • Factors that affect composting
  • Composting systems (classification of composting technologies, pre- and postprocessing technologies, design and space considerations)
  • Composting technologies
  • Odors, bioaerosols and leachate
  • Compost quality and use
  • Final remarks


 

Uta Krogmann is a Professor and Extension Specialist in the Dept. of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA. She has been a faculty member since 1995, teaching an undergraduate course on design of solid waste treatment systems and a graduate course in life-cycle assessment.  Her research, which has resulted in over 100 scientific publications and presentations, has focused on understanding and reducing environmental impacts of the built environment and the solid waste management system. She has extensive experience in composting of source-separated organic wastes in open and enclosed systems, but also of other wastes such as horse manure and food processing residuals. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors, and the International Solid Waste Association.





Peter F. Strom is a professor in the Dept. of Environmental Science at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA.  He has been a faculty member since 1980, teaching advanced courses in biological treatment and hazardous waste, as well as introductory graduate and undergraduate courses.  His research, which has resulted in over 250 scientific publications and presentations, has focused on the microbial ecology of waste treatment systems.  This has included work on composting, wastewater, bioremediation, biofiltration of contaminated gas streams, and the rational application of genetic engineering (field application vectors).  He is a Life Member of the Water Environment Federation (also a Fellow), American Society for Microbiology, Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors, and the NJ Water Environment Association (also a member of their Wastewater Hall of Fame and Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers).