SWANA
Landfill Operations Basics

Organics Collection is one the hottest trends in solid waste management today. This course discusses the specifics of developing an organics collection program. The course includes extensive discussion of case studies of existing residential, commercial and institutional organic collection programs.

Matt Cotton, a respected resource in the composting industry for over 20 year and three-term President of the Board of Directors of the US Composting Council, produced the course.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, learners should understand:

  • The steps necessary to design, plan, and operate a collection program for organic wastes, including the critical importance of a public education program
  • The role of role of collection as a component of solid waste management and identify and discuss the drivers for increased collection of organic material
  • End-uses for organic materials – composting, anaerobic digestion, etc. and the impact of different collection methods on end product quality
  • The unique aspects of different organic matter – yard trimmings, food scraps, etc.
  • How geography influences collection practices – seasonal vs. year-long collection
  • Equipment and containers used in organic collection, including emerging compostable plastic and the implications for organic collection programs and end-uses
  • Aspects of residential, commercial and institutional organic collection programs through case studies

Who Should Attend

Individuals responsible for designing, planning and operating collection systems and are interested in expanding to include organic waste collection are the intended audience for this course.

Course Content

The course manual is Organics Collection. This comprehensive operations manual details the following topics with supplemental images, graphs and examples for participants to discuss and serves as a must-have reference tool back on the job.

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