CREF Webinar – Introduction to Compost Odor Management: Process and Public Relations

News ECS Staff 02/14/2022

Join us for a live webinar about managing odor during the composting process, with ECS founder Tim O’Neill and CREF Trustee Chair Ginny Black!

Save the date: Wednesday, March 2nd 2PM EST

What You’ll Learn:

During the webinar, a root cause approach to managing composting odors through better understanding and control of process conditions will be introduced. This talk will identify a set of easily measured key process variables that largely determine the intensity of odor emissions from composting facilities. Also covered will be how odor is measured to reduce subjectivity and basic odor mitigation steps to consider in process design and during operations.

Then the focus will shift to speaking about community and neighbor interactions around odor. Community and neighborhood opposition to any manufacturing operation generally centers around traffic, noise and odor issues. For composting operations, odor is the single greatest issue that closes compost facilities. Surrounding physical characteristics and neighboring land uses are critical factors to be considered when selecting a compost site. Once the site is selected, establishing a trusting governmental entity and relationship with the neighbors can reduce negative interactions with neighbors and save a considerable amount of staff time. 


Tim O’Neill

Engineered Compost Systems

Tim is founder of ECS and has worked as an engineer, researcher, and innovator in the composting industry for over 30 years. He also teaches Compost Operations Training classes on facility design and odor management. He currently serves on the CREF Board of Trustees.

Ginny Black

CREF Trustee Chair

Ginny Black currently chairs the CREF Board of Trustees. She has been a Trustee of the CREF since 2010. From 1995 to 2010 she served as a board member of the US Composting Council. She has chaired the Minnesota Composting Council since its formation in 2013. Ginny retired from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in 2013, where she was technical staff to counties setting up recycling and composting programs. She worked directly with Minnesota composters on technical and permit issues. From 1995 to 2013 she served on the Plymouth City Council.

Register Today!

Registration fee: $19 USCC Member/ $29 Non-Member

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