Abstract:Q (Terry Logan)
I want to go back to a comment that was made by Peter I think, about composting facilities being waste management facilities. I can certainly understand where he is coming from, working for a public utility and having the job of getting rid of biosolids in an effective manner while being required to be cost-effective. I just wonder how that type of necessary objective jives with the added cost that you might have to invest in making a product that will allow you to operate a factory to meet the needs of your client, making you a product producer rather than a waste manager?
A (William Toffey)
The very first time I met John Walker was when he chided me at a New York City conference at which I didn't give the presentation that he was hoping I would give about compost in New York. I told them though that basically it is almost the most difficult thing in the world to conceive of a wastewater plant behaving as though it were genuinely a compost producing plant because the epics and challenges are so far different. I am very grateful that in Philadelphia we have been able to have a politically and managerially supported compost facility. It in fact does require extra effort; it is not cheap, it is not easy, and if we were truly only in the business of waste treatment, composting would not be what we seek. The options for Class B distribution continue to look very attractive to those who are looking only at the dollars.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2001-01-01
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