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From: Fred Friedman (FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV)
Date: Tue Sep 23 1997 - 09:27:00 EDT


Date: Tue, 23 Sep 97 14:27 WET DST
From: FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV (Fred Friedman)
Subject: Re: Largs-Scale Composting Request (Benjamin Buteler)

Sept. 23, 1997

Dear Benjamin Buteler,

The first recommendation that I have for you is to
subscribe to Biocycle Magazine . Their address is:
The JG Press
419 State Ave.
Emmaus, PA 18049
http://grn.com/biocycle

They will have articles on the application and experience of
communities with composting (and secondarily with
recycling) than any other source of information.

It is not possible in this format to answer your questions fully. However, here are some large scale applications of compost that have been used in the United States:

- re-seeding land after a large fire
- erosion control, especially on mountainsides and coastlines
- large agricultural fertilizing
- landscaping
- any need for restoring damaged earth

Some of the most expressive and educational case studies of composting have been done by:

Minnesota Extension Service, University of MN, 6/93, National Extension Compost Utilization Conference, Proceedings, June 2-4, 1993 . For copies, contact them at 405 Coffey Hall, 1420 Eckles Ave., Univ. of MN, St. Paul, MN 55108.

Project to manufacture soil by Mick Welti, Flynn Rainbow Nurseries, Fallbrook, CA (written up in Biocycle, 5/94)

Compost End-Use Guidelines Development Project by the Clean Washington Center, 2001 6th Ave, Suite 2700, Seattle, WA 98121. This 3/96 study is very good for answering both of your questions. Unfortunately, the Clean Washington Center has recently been disbanded and its components redistributed. Its not clear from where thir previous publications will be disseminated, if at all. You might therefore want to check out their website for up-to-the-minute news of this. (Assuming that there is some).

- Research Library for RCRA



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