BioCycle East Coast Conference 2014

Composting | Anaerobic Digestion | Food Waste | Nutrient Management | Green Infrastructure

October 27, 28, 29, 30, 2014 • Baltimore, Maryland • Turf Valley Resort

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Preconference Workshops
Monday, October 27, 2014

Updated 10.02


Soils For The Chesapeake

8:45 AM – 4:30 PM

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Composting and anaerobic digestion — and the resulting end products — play a significant role in restoration of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This workshop connects the dots between organics recycling and green infrastructure, compost and healthy soils that provide ecosystem services for storm water management, and the related benefits of nutrient management, local food production and enterprise and job creation. Topics to be covered include:

  • Compost use in low impact development/green infrastructure: Practices, projects, performance
  • Public policies, incentives to build soil organic matter
  • Use of compost-based BMPs for storm water management and pollution prevention
  • Specifications, standards and compost quality
  • Nutrient management via anaerobic digestion
  • Nutrient recovery in digested material

With two-day conference registration: $195
Workshop only: $295

Note: Workshop includes lunch


Developing New Classification System For Digestate And Digestate-Derived Products

Organized by the American Biogas Council

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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Markets for value-added products from digestate are growing. And so is the need for a new classification system to provide guidance on how these products can and should be used. Join the American Biogas Council and partners for the first U.S. workshop aimed at two main goals:

1. To ensure that digestate and digestate-derived product is no longer de-facto considered a waste stream
2. To create a classification system on permissible end uses for digestate and digestate-derived product based on the combination of stability, feedstock origin and the lack of nonpermissible materials.

To work towards these goals, the workshop will focus on:

  • Testing protocols and standards
  • Review of existing European and Canadian standards—are they applicable?
  • Existing technical and regulatory differentiation of digestate based on anaerobic digester inputs such as source separated organics, livestock manure, WWTP sludge or biosolids, and industrial processing residuals
  • Discussion of a new classification system
  • Assessment of research needs to establish standards and classifications

Come be a part of creating a valuable guidance tool for the biogas industry. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and participate as we work through these important barriers — this will not be a lecture-style workshop!

With two-day conference registration: $195
Workshop only: $295

Note: Workshop includes lunch


USCC's Foundations Of Composting

Organized by the US Composting Council

8:15 AM – 4:00 PM

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Intensive one-day training covers basic concepts, practices and "how-tos" of compost production. The course provides a foundation for novice compost operators, managers and regulators and will refresh veteran composters on underlying scientific principles. Course topics include:

  • Basic principles of composting
  • Integrating food scraps into existing yard trimmings composting sites
  • Odor management
  • Site design and storm water control
  • Review of major processing methods
  • Monitoring and managing the process
  • Dealing with contamination

With two-day conference registration: $195
Workshop only: $295

Note: Workshop includes lunch