Commercial Composting Workshop Offered In Mt Vernon

July 18, 2013

University of Illinois Extension and Illinois State University will be hosting a one-day commercial composting program on July 26 in Mt Vernon, Il at the Farm Credit Services Building. “Composting is a topic of growing interest throughout the country because composting provides a partial solution to an issue of great concern in many communities,” said U of I Extension animal systems specialist Teresa Steckler.

“All around the country, landfills are filling up, garbage incineration is becoming increasingly unpopular, and other waste disposal options are becoming harder to find.”

Commercial composting refers to the practice of transporting a large volume of organic waste (food, paper waste, leaves, and wood) from municipalities, schools, hospitals, etc. to a processing facility where it can be recycled into soil amendments and other valueadded products.

Although composting is simple (you just put organic matter in a pile and wait for it to decompose), it also involves some fascinating and as yet incompletely understood interactions between biological, chemical, and physical processes.

The workshop will teach participants the benefits of composting, Illinois IEPA regulations related to composting, permitting and local siting requirements, composting basics, and compost uses. The conference will begin with registration at 8:15 am and the program will start at 9:00 am.

Registration is limited to the first 50 people. Single registration is $20 and family registration (2 people) is $30. Registrations are due by July 17 (postmarked). Late and on-site registration is $30 (single). Lunch is not guaranteed for late and on-site registration.

More information and registration forms are available by contacting Teresa Steckler at 618-695-4917,, or register on-line at