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National Composting Conference details

Mark your calendar and register now for "Change Our Earth Compost!" the 17th Annual National Composting Conference...

Mark your calendar and register now for “Change Our Earth Compost!” the 17th Annual National Composting Conference, held September 19-21, 2007 at the Crowne Plaza Moncton, Moncton, New Brunswick. The organizers call it “An Agenda for Learning, Networking and Inspiration!” and remind readers that less than three weeks remain until the Early Bird Registration deadline. Also, there’s been a substantial drop in prices
for tickets with Air Canada!

If you haven’t already done so, this is a perfect time to register for the conference and book your flight. Be sure to book your rooms by August 19th as well!

The full conference details are below, but to register, here’s who to contact now:

Ashley Bourassa and Danielle Buklis
Program Coordinators
Tel: 416-535-0240; 1-877-571-GROW (4769)
Fax: 416-536-9892

Tuesday September 18th

A BONUS DAY — separate registration required

Take our bus to Prince Edward Island for a tour of the Island Waste Management Corporation’s (IWMC) composting facility, processing organic residuals from both the homes and businesses of the province. Add to this a visit to a compost field trial, lunch, followed by your choice of golf or a trip to Green Gables. A great way to start our conference.

Bus will leave from Crowne Plaza Moncton at 8:00AM

Tour of ADI Plant – 10:00 AM

The 30,000 tonne-per-year Central Compost Facility is owned by IWMC and operated by the design/builder, ADI International Inc. The facility includes a receiving/processing building for materials inspection, preprocessing and mixing; 52 sealed and environmentally-controlled containers; two biofilters; curing/storage building for maturing, refining and up to four months of product storage; and an administration building with weigh scales.

Compost Field Trial Visit – 11:30 AM

Lunch (near Cavendish) – 12:30 PM

Golf or visit to Green Gables – Afternoon

Return to Moncton around 7:00PM

Wednesday September 19th – TOUR DAY!

So, you want to see composting plants? THIS IS IT!

Buses will leave from the Crowne Plaza Moncton at 8:00AM.

Envirem Technologies Inc.’s Miramichi Facility

This 150,000 tonne-per-year facility includes a composting site as well as bagging and mulching operations. The facility processes forestry, agricultural, fishery and industrial organic residuals into organic soils, composts, growing mixes and mulches.

Westmorland-Albert Solid Waste Corporation (WASWC)

Over 100,000 households send their organic residuals (referred to in the region as wet waste) as well as dry recyclables and remaining garbage to the WASWC facility for processing. This in-vessel facility includes pre-processing preparation, computer-controlled monitoring and systems management and an external maturing pad.

Greater Moncton Sewerage Commission (GMSC)

This 20,000 tonne-per-year facility composts biosolids produced from the GMSC’s wastewater treatment process. The outdoor composting system incorporates bottom aeration, temperature and oxygen monitoring and control as well as data logging. The unique installation of a network of pipes carrying a glycol-water mixture to transfer heat from the composting process enables the system to operate year-round, regardless of weather conditions.

Evening Reception at the PRESS BOX 7:00PM +

A time to mix and mingle with old and new friends from both the composting world and the dedicated folks involved with Communities in Bloom.

Thursday September 20th – OUR SESSIONS BEGIN!


The Honourable Roland Hach – Minister, New Brunswick Department of Environment (invited)

An Inconvenient Truth

One of only a handful of Canadians trained through Al Gore’s The Climate Project, Peter Corbyn will share the basics of An Inconvenient Truth with specific references to Canada and the role that composting offers to address the impact of climate change.

Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall


I. Learning From Experience

The Composting Process – Best Practices for Smaller-Scale Systems

Roger Henry, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

Peel Region Organics Recycling – An Overview of the Process

David Bruno, Region of Peel

A Year in Perspective: Assessing Hamilton’s Advancement in Source-Separated Composting

Craig Murdoch, City of Hamilton

II. Soil Health and Productivity

Compost Research in the Soil, Water and Air Quality Program of Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

Richard Butts, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

Use of Composts in High-Value Horticultural and Organic Cropping Systems

Derek Lynch, Nova Scotia Agricultural College

Recognizing Principles of Soil Ecology and their Implication for Compost

Jason Hofman, Organic Matters Consulting

Lunch in Exhibit Hall


I. Markets and Marketing

Compost Quality Alliance: Ready, Set, GROW

Susan Antler and Danielle Buklis, The Composting Council of Canada

Greg Patterson, A&L Canada Laboratories

Loam-Topsoil, Peat Growing-Mixes, Bark Mulches and

Manure-Fertilizer… Where’s the Compost?

Rod Fry, Envirem Technologies

Bagging and Selling Compost: Logistics and Costs

Cam Wright, Essex-Windsor Solid Waste Authority

II. Riding the Wave of Emerging Issues

Composting and the Climate Change Imperative: A National Challenge

Fred Wendt, Halifax Regional Municipality

National Greenhouse Gas Protocol for Composting Facilities

Allan Yee, City of Edmonton

Assessing Insurance Needs for Composting Facilities and Programs

Peter Johnson, Heritage Insurance

Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall


I. Odour and Operational Controls

Achieving Operational Excellence: Incorporating Top Lessons Learned Through Real-Life Experience

Gerald Tibbo, New Era Technologies

Operational Tools for Odour Control

Scott Gamble, CH2M Hill

Biological Odour Control Methods for Composting Facilities

Daryl Letto, BIOREM

Enhancing Odour Management Systems

Steve Diddy, Engineered Compost Systems

II. Municipal Composting Programs and Projects

Seeing Waste in a New Resourceful Way

Elizabeth Baxter, Region of Peel

Organic Waste Collection Pilot Project of St. John’s

Cathy Smith, Gartner Lee

Keys to Successful Implementation of a Municipal Composting Vision

John Haanstra, Maple Reinders

Black Gold from Wood Waste-Water Treatment Plant: Community Relations and Participation

Melissa MacIntyre, Louisiana Pacific


In keeping with our Council’s tradition of Thursday-evening-conference-events, we will meet in the hotel lobby at 6PM and go from there.

Friday September 21st


I. Research Matters!

Development of Time-Temperature Probes for Tracking Pathogen Inactivation During Composting

Daryl McCartney & Kristine Wichuk, University of Alberta

Training Composting Technicians in Qubec

Serge Poulin, ITA (Institut de Technologie Agroalimentaire)

The Path to Finished Compost

Dr. Peter Robinson, HotRot

Achieving Acceptable Metal Levels in Municipal Solid Waste Compost

Daryl McCartney & Bo Ge, University of Alberta

II. Stormwater Management and Water Quality

Erosion Control Management via Compost Utilization

Pierre Vachon, Les
Composts du Qubec

Stormwater Runoff Modelling at Windrow Composting Facilities

Bruce Wilson, University of New Brunswick

Clearly a Solution: Compost’s Use in Water Quality Improvements

Ron Bisaillon, Filtrexx Canada

Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall


I. Collection Methods and Strategies

History of Scandinavia’s Collection Methods of Organic Residuals
Jorn Johansen, BioBag

How to Roll with the Punches: Implementing an Organics Recycling Cart Distribution Strategy

Trevor Barton, Region of Peel

Source-Separated Collection Program at La Pocatire

Serge Poulin, ITA (Institut de Technologie Agroalimentaire)

Latest Developments in BPI Certification Efforts and Food-Residuals Diversion Programs

Steve Mojo, BPI

II. Biosolids and Industrial Feedstocks for Composting

Composting as a Sustainable Biosolids Management Solution

Conrad Allain, Greater Moncton Sewerage Commission

Papermill Residuals Composting – Giving Back to the Earth

Ren Estabrooks, Bowater Mersey Paper

Composting and Anaerobic Digestion of Biosolids from Inshore Aquaculture Facilities

Bruce Wilson, University of New Brunswick

Lunch served in Exhibit Hall


Two sessions are available to conference registrants to explore details and latest advances in:

I. Compost Facility Operational Management; and

II. Compost End Markets

Session leaders will be Bill Carney of Louisiana State University and many of the compost facilities spearheading The Council’s Compost Quality Alliance program.

Each of these 2 hour sessions will involve handouts and classroom learning. Following the Operational Management session, facility operators have the opportunity to write the Level I Compost Operation Certification Exam offered by The Composting Council of Canada

Annual General Meeting of The Composting Council of Canada

Meeting of The Council’s National Board of Directors

Saturday September 22nd

ANOTHER BONUS DAY! – separate registration required

Bus to leave Crowne Plaza Moncton at 8:30AM

Board our bus and head to Halifax for a tour of the HotRot Composting System

This new composting facility will be sourcing organic residuals from within the Halifax area. Feedstocks are loaded into an enclosed U-shaped vessel which is periodically rotated to maintain porosity, achieve mixing and aeration of the material. Computer-controlled, the units contain temperature and other monitoring sensors to enable the on-board computer to optimize processing.

While the bus will also be returning to Moncton, delegates have the option to book their return flight from the Halifax Airport (a post-5PM departure flight is recommended).

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