Facts about Compost, brown gold
- Compost is easy to handle and can be stored indefinitely.
- Odours at compost sites result from a lack of oxygen when piles are not properly turned, become too wet or contain material that is high in nitrogen; all of these problems can be eliminated with proper management.
- Composting kills pathogens such as E-coli leaving a safe pasteurised product.
- Some materials can be composted in as little as eight weeks when processed properly with a compost turner.
- Compost market value has remained constant or increased while other recycled products values have dropped.
The Compost Story
Using the correct production methods and matter to moisture ratio’s for the desired end product, regular aeration using a good turner will create the optimal environment for the natural pasteurisation process and eliminate almost all smell within 2 days of the windrow being laid.
- Vast reduction of odours (a major cause of site closures), which are caused by:
- Cold spots due to little or no aerobic bacterial activity.
- Anaerobic pockets due to excess moisture collection.
- Anaerobic pockets due to lack of oxygen.
- Old clumps when they are finally broken open.
- It substantially increases the diversity of organisms working in material.
- More complete biological breakdown of the material.
- The finished product is consistent, thus less clogging of the screening process
- Reduced second handling required because more of the finished product goes through screening
- Insuring the broadest variety of microorganisms in finished product to encourage plant life.
With biological farming practices becoming more common throughout the world, new methods of applying organic materials have to be found. Conventional broadcasting methods of organic materials over the surface of lands can be useful but with certain drops, getting to the root zone is required. Modern practices encourage the application of organic materials below the surface. The advantage of this method is not only that smaller quantities are required, but that they are more accessible to the roots while nutrients, fungi and bacteria are held in a stable environment, thus increasing humus and nutrient content, while also improving the structure of the soil.
Compost Matters in conjunction with farmers and operations involved in biological farming practices, have developed equipment that provides farmers with application of compost/organic fertilizer to any crop or orchard operation.