PROGRAM WORK TEAM ANNUAL REPORT FORM
Managing Wastes: Composting
and Land Application
Harrison, Director, Cornell Waste Management Institute
Rice Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853
Front St, Binghamton, NY13905
607 772-8953 x130
Managing Wastes PWT (MWPWT) continues to successfully engage diverse
stakeholders including government agency personnel who are responsible for
managing wastes, regulating wastes and funding waste-related research and
outreach; livestock farmers; compost producers; and private consultants as well
as Cornell Cooperative Extension educators and Cornell faculty and staff. At a PWT meeting held in Syracuse in
January, 2002, 20 such participants discussed proposed changes in the NYS Dept.
of Conservation rules pertaining to composting and land application. The meeting was widely advertised and was
open to all. Those who came expressed
tremendous appreciation for the opportunity learn from each other. Individuals then submitted their own
comments to NYSDEC. An update from NYSDEC on the pending regulations was
presented at the 11/07/02 Annual MWPWT meeting.
annual meeting of the MWPWT was held on November 7, 2002 in Ithaca. Attended by a mix of stakeholders as
described above (22 in total), the group shared information about current
projects and developments and developed a list of research and outreach needs.
In addition to compost producers, livestock farmers and Cornell people, we are
fortunate to have participation by the Director of the DEC Division of Solid
and Hazardous Materials as well as the key NYS funders of composting work from
Empire State Development and NYS Energy Research and Development Authority
active in our PWT.
disappointment has been the lack of engagement of the NYS Dept. of Agriculture
and Markets in the MWPWT and its projects.
Some staff level involvement has taken place in projects related to use
of composting to manage animal mortalities, but efforts to engage others at DAM
in our PWT meetings and to include composts in the Pride of NY program have as
yet been unsuccessful. Since managing
manure through composting is an important component of manure management for
many farms, we will continue to seek that engagement.
progress on recommendations made at the 2001 MWPWT annual meeting has been
made. As an outcome of last year’s
recommendations, a successful proposal involving multiple parties to
investigate the impact of clopyralid (a herbicide used on turf) on compost was
developed, but was scratched at the last minute since registration of the
herbicide in residential settings was withdrawn by DOW. Other priorities raised by the PWT are being
addressed through two SARE proposals on composting of mortalities and butcher
residuals (approved as preproposals and pending), an approved NYSERDA project
involving numerous collaborators directed at working with the turf, landscaping
and vineyard industries to enhance compost markets, and development of an
“advanced short composting short course” planned for next autumn.
collaboration with the Landscape Horticulture PWT and the Integrated Nutrient
Management PWT has resulted in presentations at meetings and conferences, joint
proposals for research and collaborative development of extension
materials. A new project involves close
collaboration making use of the stakeholder relationships in the composting
area and those in the landscape and turf area to work jointly to enhance
markets for composts and to help compost producers make a product capable of
meeting user needs (which vary according to the end market).
continue to use email to facilitate communications and MWPWT materials are
available on the WWW (through the Cornell Waste Management Institute www site