The quality of your commercial composting should be one of your top priorities. This is true whether you use your own product or sell it to the general public. But, how can you set yourself apart from your competition? Here are some tips to help you.

Understand the benefits of composting

Commercial composting is a great way to help your community become “zero-waste.” This concept can be adopted by individuals and businesses and refers to reducing the amount of waste going into landfills. Composting is just one part of a zero-waste commitment, but an important one. Here are some benefits you can and should share with your community.
    1. Composting helps people reduce their environmental footprint. Individuals and business owners may be willing to donate their compostable materials just to help be a part of environmental conservation.
    2. Commercial composting can help with soil and water conservation, including groundwater.
    3. In the agriculture industry, compost is a good source of natural materials to use for growing. High-quality compost is the most desirable.
    4. In the food service industry, composting can help reduce solid waste disposal fees. It also stops the massive waste of food that is prevalent in restaurants, stores, and other organizations throughout the country.

Show that you know your guidelines

One way to set your commercial composting apart is to show that you know and follow all laws and guidelines in your area. This includes odor and noise control, as well as what goes into your compost piles and windrows. Items like compostable utensils, paper products, and garden waste are fine to use. Food waste that can be used in commercial compost includes fruits, vegetables, coffee grounds, and eggshells. Here are some items that should not be included.
    • Dairy products
    • Meat
    • Cooked foods
    • Bones
    • Treated wood
    • Coated paper
    • Fast-growing weeds
    • Plant matter treated with chemicals
    • Diseased or infested plant matter

Use the right equipment

To make the highest-quality compost, your operation should be using the right equipment and tools. For example, you don’t want to use a small compost turner if you have multiple large, outdoor piles. You should look into compost screens and starters as well. When it comes to turners, you have many options. Here are some things to keep in mind to make sure you get the best turner for your needs.
    1. See how easy maintenance and repair will be. This is important in case something happens to your compost turner. Be sure that if you purchase a machine from out-of-state they have retailers nearby that have replacement parts.
    1. Check out customization options. Not only will you need to see all available options for productivity, but you may also be able to get a more comfortable cab for your compost turner.
    1. Learn about the efficiency of the turners. Knowing what each machine can do for your operation will help you choose the best one for your needs.

Looking for commercial and industrial compost turners?

At SCARAB International, we design and build compost turners for small, medium, and large operations. Check out our New, Used, and Refurbished machines as well as our Leasing options. You can call us at (806) 883-7621 to learn more.