In April 2007, BioCycle Magazine and the Biodegradable Products Institute launched a searchable database of composting facilities throughout North America. The website is a free, searchable information resource to connect generators of organic waste streams with composting facilities in North America. Our goal is to Grow The Composting Industry in the United States and Canada.
With FindAComposter, you can find local composters that are permitted to receive food residuals, yard trimmings, soiled paper, manure, biosolids and/or other organic residuals streams. You can also find composters with finished product to sell.
Composting facilities that want to be listed in the database can log on to www.findacomposter.com (FAC) and enter information about their operation. After the data has been entered, and then verified by BioCycle editors, the composting facility is added to the searchable data base. Users of FAC can search by city, state and zip code. Proximity searches can be conducted.
The primary purpose of FAC is to aid generators of compostable feedstocks and other interested parties in locating facilities that are permitted to receive those feedstocks. Additional purposes include locating sources of compost products and improved visibility of the composting industry.
Only regulatory-compliant (i.e., permitted, registered and/or officially exempt from permits) composting facilities will be listed in the database. Any type of permitted composting operation is eligible for inclusion, including food waste composting sites located at universities, colleges, correctional facilities, restaurants, hotels and on-farm operations that typically are exempt from permitting requirements but are registered with (or have notified) a regulatory agency.
The goals of www.findacomposter.com are to make it easy to find a composter AND to highlight the scale and scope of the composting industry. Also, there is growing interest in identifying composting sites that receive compostable plastic products, including bags and serviceware.
The following criteria have been established for a composting facility to be included in www.findacomposter.com:
- Facility is in compliance with its permit requirements and local health and environmental protection rules.
- Facility is permitted to process food waste from off-site sources (commercial, institutional, industrial, municipal and/or agricultural generators), or has the capacity to process food waste if opportunities arise.
- Facility can be accessed year round (e.g., by delivery vehicles such as waste haulers, providers of amendments, customers for compost, etc.).
LOG ON AND BE COUNTED!
BioCycle and BPI encourage all composting facilities to take a few minutes to enter their facility information. LOG on to www.findacomposter.com.
The data base also includes a Resources Page, with contact information for state organics recycling coordinators, links to state composting regulations and requirements, and local initiatives for organics diversion (e.g., municipal ordinances, landfill diversion credits, etc.).
We welcome feedback on the data entry form and current data fields, search tools and overall usefulness of the site. Please contact Nora Goldstein, Editor, BioCycle at email@example.com.