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Siting and Operating Composting Facilities in Washington State Good Management Practices

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11-07-005August 2011July 2013
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Author(s) Sullivan, Chery
Description This document presents common sense actions that a facility can adopt to help them run a successful composting operation. Note that this document should not be referenced in its entirety in any Compost Facility Plan of Operations or permit because it provides information that is not relevant to all facilities. Different facility design, feedstocks, location, and climate all influence the daily operations and compost quality, making some of the actions suggested in the GMPs irrelevant at a given facility.

In Washington State, some composting activities are regulated by the compost standards set forth in the Solid Waste Handling Standards, WAC 173-350-220. Where appropriate, these GMPs reference existing standards; however, the GMPs themselves are not regulatory. In addition, these GMPs are not meant to substitute for interactions between compost operators, local authorities or other compost experts. While they provide guidance, the GMPs do not address complicated regulatory issues.
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Keywords composting, rating, organics, solid waste handling standards, facilities, facility, standards, management, waste, solid waste, compost, compost facility
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