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Composting on top of the World

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This regional composting and reclamation project, located near Leadville, Colorado, is operated by a unique public/private consortium which offers a cost-effective, mutually beneficial solution to biosolids management and wood-waste recycling for several Colorado resort communities in a cooperative effort to rehabilitate a large-scale highaltitude mine site and benefit the environment.

Biosolids, ground woodchips, manure and animal bedding are transported to a central location on the Climax Mine. The material is blended using a front-end loader and stacked into windrows. The blended material is composted in an aerated static pile composting system. The resulting Class A material then is applied to disturbed areas of the mine prior to revegetation.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2002

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