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The Composting Handbook - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780323856027

The Composting Handbook

1st Edition

A how-to and why manual for farm, municipal, institutional and commercial composters

Editors: Robert Rynk Frank Franciosi David Weindorf Ginny Black
Paperback ISBN: 9780323856027
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st November 2021
Page Count: 566
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The Composting Handbook provides a single-volume guide to the science, principles and best practices of composting and compost for large-scale composting operations facing challenges when converting raw organic materials into useful and marketable products. Expanding on previously available resources, the book incorporates new information, new subjects and new practices, drawing its content from scientific principles, research, engineering and industry experience. Topics include the composting process, methods of composting, equipment, site requirements, environmental issues and impacts, business knowledge, safety, and the qualities, uses and markets for the compost products.

This is an invaluable reference for composting facility managers and operators, prospective managers and operators, regulators, policymakers, environmental advocates, waste generators and managers. It is also appropriate as a textbook for college courses, and as a supplemental text for training courses on composting or organic waste management.

Key Features

  • Created in conjunction with the Compost Research and Education Foundation (CREF)
  • Includes the latest information on composting, providing the first comprehensive resource in decades
  • Written with focus on both academic and industrial insights and advances


Agriculture/Agribusiness professionals, composting facility managers and operators, prospective managers and operators, regulators, policy makers, environmental advocates, waste generators and managers and generally people interested in composting as a business or a solution. Possible textbook for college courses and a supplemental text for training courses about composting or organic waste management

Table of Contents

  1. Why Compost?
    2. Enterprise Planning
    3. The Composting Process
    4. The Compost Feedstocks
    5. Passively Aerated Composting Methods
    6. Forced-Aeration Composting, Aerated Static Pile and Similar Methods
    7. Composting Methods and Methods Summary
    8. Composting Animal Mortalities
    9. Compost Operations
    10 Siting
    11. Management
    12. Odors and Odor Management
    13. Compost Safety and Health
    14. Compost Quality and Testing
    15. Compost Use
    16. Disease Suppression
    17. Marketing and Sales
    18. Composting Economics


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About the Editors

Robert Rynk

Dr. Rynk has been researching and teaching about processing of waste and agricultural materials for over 30 years. His areas of expertise include waste management, biomass processing and conversion, natural treatment processes, odor management, spontaneous combustion and energy conversion and conservation. He is internationally recognized for his work and expertise in the field of composting. He has authored numerous publications about processing of organic materials, composting, waste management and energy. He holds a Professional Engineering license in Agricultural Engineering. He is a regular instructor for composting training schools and workshops, nationally and internationally. He is co-instructor and co-developer for the “Foundations of Composting” workshop, held annually at the U.S. Composting Council conference. Bob was the editor and lead author for the original On-Farm Composting Handbook and editor and lead author for its pending “sequel” The Composting Handbook.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology, SUNY Cobleskil, NY, USA

Frank Franciosi

Mr. Franciosi has spent over 29 years working with residuals management and composting both in operations management as well as sales and marketing. In 1993, he started North Carolina’s first source separated organics composting facility. As past principal of Akkadia Consulting, Frank provided professional consulting services on projects of animal waste management, biosolids management, coal ash residuals, composting of industrial residuals, product development and marketing. He has facilitated the turnkey start-up of award winning composting facilities, taking them from concept to feasibility to operational, overseeing permitting, equipment selection, hiring and training of personnel, as well as the development and execution of the product marketing plan. Frank also managed the Novozymes’ Nature’s GREEN-RELEAF™ composting facility from 2003-2015. In 2014, Frank was the recipient of the Hi Kellogg Award for displaying outstanding service to the US composting industry over a period of many years. He has a BS in Plant and Soil Sciences from West Virginia University. Co Authored: “Production and Marketing of Potting and Landscape Soils Containing Coal Combustion By-Product” “EVALUATION OF A COMPOST BASED POTTING MIX FOR COMMERCIAL NURSERIES”

Affiliations and Expertise

Executive Director, The Compost Research and Education Foundation, NC, USA; Executive Director, The US Composting Council, NC, USA, Certified Compost Operations Manager TM

David Weindorf

Dr. David C. Weindorf is Vice President for Research and Innovation at Central Michigan University. A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Weindorf is 20+ year member the Soil Science Society of America where he has been recognized as both Fellow and Presidential Award winner. He is a licensed Texas Professional Geoscientist and Executive Producer of the acclaimed documentary film “Between Earth and Sky – Climate Change on the Last Frontier.” Dr. Weindorf has developed a litany of new applications for proximal sensors, particularly portable X-ray fluorescence (PXRF) spectrometry, and visible near infrared diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (VisNIR DRS) for soil survey and environmental quality assessment. He has active, ongoing research on four continents and has published >160 peer reviewed research papers on topics ranging from classical pedology and compost science to optimized land use management.

Affiliations and Expertise

Vice President for Research and Innovation, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI, USA

Ginny Black

Ginny Black has served on the Compost Councils Research and Education Foundation Board of Trustees since 1995, chairing the organization since 2014. She also served on the US Composting Council's Board of Directors from 1995 to 2010. She currently chairs the Minnesota Composting Council (MNCC), a non-profit organization founded in 2012. The MNCC is a State Chapter of the US Composting Council, working with composters, businesses, and the public sector to divert organic materials to compost facilities. Ginny served as a technical staff person for recycling and composting with the Minnesota pollution Control Agency (MPCA) from 1987 to 2013, setting up recycling and composting programs throughout the state of MN. Her last 12-years at the MPCA focused exclusively on promoting reduction and composting of organic materials. She also served on the City of Plymouth's city council from 1995 to 2013 and was the Councils Representative to the City's Environmental Quality Commission.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chair, Minnesota Composting Council (MNCC), Minnesota, USA

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