Once material arrives at our facility, it is ground up and mixed according to our “compost recipe.” Material is then placed into long composting windrows where it resides for the active composting period (about three months).
Composting is a biological process. Microorganisms break down organics into a soil-like material called compost. This process occurs in nature, but the SMSC Organics Recycling Facility is able to speed up the process to achieve faster decomposition.
SMSC Organics Recycling Facility staff carefully monitor composting windrows for temperature, oxygen, and moisture content to guide management decisions. We operate a windrow turner, which regularly turns the windrows to improve the process. During active composting, microorganisms produce heat, which destroys any pathogens or weed seeds in the compost, and ensures our end product is safe for use.