Success is a process and a goal

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Success is a subjective term and it can be measured using many different scales. Undeniable, however, is the fact that success is the attainment of an identified objective or goal. Sustained success requires the implementation of a process to continually achieve and re-achieve this identified goal on a continuing basis – especially as circumstances and situations change.

The Baltimore City Composting Facility, which composts biosolids for the City of Baltimore, has experienced both failure and success. Thankfully, the failure was not terminal and was replaced by success. The turnaround was not a matter of luck but rather the result of US Filter's diligent research, strong commitment to improvement, willingness to take reasonable risk, flexibility and willingness to undertake change where change is needed.

Almost immediately after commissioning the facility in 1988, mechanical and process problems began to emerge. Large scale composting, as a means of beneficial reuse was a relatively new and previously untested concept at that time. The State of Maryland, due in part to the location of USDA, Beltsville was very progressive in this area of development. After approximately five years of debugging the process it became clear that modifications to the process and facility were required. It was also an volatile time within the industry fro company roll-ups and acquisitions. Consequently, the challenges facing the plant were quite daunting and multi dimensional. To the credit of those companies whose project portfolio the BCCF has been in and who, ultimately were acquired by US Filter, the commitment remained, and remains to this day, to do whatever is required to make the facility a success for the client, the City and the Company.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2003

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