Georgia Composting Council Resources
Looking for a compost facility? Check out this map from Sustainable Packaging
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) resist oil, water, heat, and grease and are found in consumer products. These chemicals to not degrade easily and can persist in the environment. Learn more about the impact of PFAS on composting.
USCC is calling for bans on use of the chemicals and immediate research to study their impacts on plant uptake. Read their US Composting Council PFAs Positioning and Guidance Statement on PFAs and impact on composting.
Did you know 40% of food in America is wasted? In Georgia, food is the single largest component of material being landfilled. Want to make a difference in reducing food scraps going to the landfill? Compost your food scraps, soiled paper, and coffee grounds. Here are several resources to help you compost at home.
Composting at Home: An Introduction to the Basics Informative video to help you get started composting at home produced by Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Georgia Backyard Composting Brochure Provides basic information to help you get started with composting at home. Produced by the Georgia Recycling Coalition.
Backyard Composting Fact Sheet Tips for successful composting at home produced by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.
Reference Guide for backyard composting and vermicomposting Resources pertaining to backyard composting and vermicomposting gathered by the US Composting Council Research Education Foundation.
Georgia Recycling Coalition (GRC) Community-Composting Composting resources for the public, parents, and teachers.
Community Composting Done Right: A Guide to Best Management Practices Publication is designed to support new and existing community-scale composters in successfully managing their composting process and site, with focus on those sites accepting food scraps.
Community-based Composting White Paper Strategies to increase sustainable compost production for Metro Atlanta’s urban farms and community gardens.
Beyond Recycling: Composting Food Scraps & Soiled Paper prepared for EPA Region 9 by the Center for a Competitive Waste Industry.
Community Composting in GA Facebook Page
Residential Source Separated Organics Collection Tool Kit Designed to provide guidance and resources for local governments to evaluate the feasibility of residential curbside collection of source-separated organics (SSO).
Permit-by-Rule Guide (Georgia Environmental Protection Division)
Permit-by-Rule Training Information (Georgia Environmental Protection Division)
SWANA, Georgia Chapter Members receive access to Georgia Chapter “News You Can Use” emails with regulatory and legislative updates
For more information about composting regulations in Georgia, visit Georgia Environmental Protection Division website.
US Composting Council (USCC) National, non-profit trade and professional organization dedicated to promoting the recycling of organics materials to composting.
Composting Council Research Education Foundation (CCREF) Provides resources, educational materials, training, networking, and career advancement opportunities for professionals and all those affiliated with the compost manufacturing and organics recycling industry.
Composting Collaborative The Composting Collaborative brings together composters, businesses, and policymakers to share best practices and resources and find innovative solutions to shared challenges.
Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) Contains publications and resources to promote community-based composting.
Community Composting Law & Policy Project Project provides legal and policy support to community composters facing regulatory, zoning, and permitting barriers.
Further with Food Provides comprehensive information about food loss and waste in the United States and about solutions dedicated to reducing it.
The microbes generate heat, water vapor, and carbon dioxide as they transform raw materials into a stable soil conditioner. Active composting is typically characterized by a high-temperature phase that sanitizes the product and allows a high rate of decomposition, followed by a lower-temperature phase that allows the product to stabilize while still decomposing at a lower rate.
Compost can be produced from many feedstocks (e.g., the raw organic materials, such as leaves, manures or food scraps.)
Coarser composts have been used with great success as a mulch for erosion control and have been successfully used on sites where conventional erosion control methods have not performed well. In Europe, fine compost has been mixed with water and sprayed onto slopes to control erosion.