Ohio Compost Operator Education Course
The Ohio Compost Operator Education Course will focus on running centralized, large-scale composting facilities. Examples include those for farms, businesses and municipalities. The aim is to further the knowledge of compost producers, solid waste managers, farmers and others as more and more organic materials get diverted from landfills, said Fred Michel, associate biosystems engineering professor, in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
The course covers a range of scientific, engineering and business topics, including site design, mix preparation, compost testing, state regulations, contaminant issues, how to manage compost piles and windrows for peak aerobic conversion and the fewest odors, and how to use composts to naturally reduce plant diseases and create value from waste.
“We’ll also touch on important issues such as persistent herbicides and biodegradable plastics,” Michel said. The course will have classroom and laboratory components. The instructors will be from the college, from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and from industry, including CLC Labs, Barnes Nursery, KB BioEnergy and URS Corporation.
Registration is $175 for members of the Organics Recycling Association of Ohio (ORAO) and $225 for nonmembers. Registration includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch.
The course schedule, a registration form, and lodging and other details can be downloaded at go.osu.edu/2015CompostCourse.
Continuing education units are pending approval for OEPA wastewater operator certification and for Ohio registered sanitarians. Funding support to develop the course came from Ohio EPA’s Ohio Environmental Education Fund.