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Composting
A large fraction of the waste stream is comprised of organic residuals that can be turned from a waste into a useful soil amendment through composting. CWMI addresses a broad range of residuals including manure, yard and food wastes, and mortalities and a wide array of audiences including households, schools, farms, municipalities and private entities.

 Health and Safety
Materials address health and safety concerns for neighbors and workers including potential exposure to pathogens in compost as well as air emissions from the composting process. 
 Large Scale Composting
Materials on siting and operation of large composting facilities and marketing composts address the needs of municipalities, farms and private operators.
 Mortality Composting
Materials address composting as a method to manage livestock mortalities (including mass mortalities resulting from avian influenza), butcher wastes and road killed animals.
 
 Science and Engineering  
Materials address the science of composting and methods for managing the process.
 Small Scale Composting
Materials address composting of small amounts of material at residences, schools and restaurants.
 Use and Quality of Compost
Materials address compost use in various settings and a map of compost facilities in NYS shows where compost may be obtained.
 
 Composting Fact Sheets and Other
Materials address composting with worms, vermicompost, and composting of food waste, horse manure, mixed solid waste and degradable plastics.
 


Health and Safety

Large Scale Composting

Mortality Composting

Science and Engineering

Small Scale Composting

Use and Quality of Compost

Other

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