Contact List for Sources of Carbon and Bulking Materials

Both carbon and nitrogen are important for optimizing the composting process. Composting wet, high nitrogen materials like manure and food scraps, requires
the addition of a carbon source in order to provide the microbes with an energy source. Carbon also serves as a bulking material, absorbing moisture and allowing air movement through the pile.
When securing bulking materials, remember that, “All carbon is not created equal.” Wood chips are not the same as shavings, shavings are not saw dust. All carbon sources can be used, but which to use depends on the situation and goals of the producer.

When using a static pile composting method (such as when composting carcasses), it is important to use a bulkier carbon source to keep the pile aerated. Securing woodchips and other carbon sources may require planning. To that end, a contact list for sources of carbon and bulking materials is available at

Livestock Mortality Disposal Workshop

Join Franklin County Soil and Water in a workshop to discuss composting and
burial rules and guidance, as well as problems and solutions that will encourage new and existing facilities to compost mortalities, explore incineration, digestion and any other disposal ideas that protect human, livestock and environmental health. There will be demonstrations on how to open a pre-existing compost pile and how to build a compost pile.

Presenter: Jean Bonhortal-Cornell Waste Management Institute, Dept. of Crop and Soil Science
Location: Bilow’s Farms, LLC, 1105 County Route 24, Malone NY 12953 Workshop will begin in the machine shop, lunch at 12 and in the field in the afternoon
Please look for signs for parking and location!
Date: October 17, 2018
Time: 10am-2:30 pm. Lunch will be provided. RSVP: Please call Franklin County Soil and Water at 518-651-2097 by Oct 15.


Composting and Mortality Composting On-Demand Webinars

Live webinars are over, but have been recorded and are AVAILABLE ON DEMAND at the urls below.

Webinar 1 – Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 2:00pm eastern/1:00pm central

Composting – The basics.

The webinar will provide viewers with an understanding of the principles of successful composting of animal manure, bedding, food wastes and other types of organic material.  Composting is a known strategy for management of animal manure as part of the agricultural waste management system.  The principles of proper composting will be discussed.  Discussions will also include the composting process, trouble shooting techniques, what is considered compost, how properly composting organic waste impacts food safety.

This webinar is available on demand at: 

Webinar 2 – Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 2:00pm eastern/1:00pm central

Composting – Animal Mortality

The webinar will provide viewers with an understanding of the principles of successful composting of animal mortality in routine and emergency situations.  Mortality composting is a known strategy of the agricultural waste management system.  The principles of proper mortality composting will be discussed.  Discussions will also include the composting process, trouble shooting techniques, what is considered compost, how properly composting animal mortality impacts biosecurity.

This webinar is available on demand at:

Annual NYS Recycling Conference and Trade Show

Annual NYS Recycling Conference & Trade Show

Nov. 7 – 8, 2018 | Cooperstown, NY

2018 Theme: China’s National Sword Policy and Quality

Impacts on Recycling

Today’s recycling professionals are facing unprecedented challenges, including vanishing markets, rapidly escalating costs and intractable contamination problems. Yet, these challenges can lead to innovative approaches in the sustainable materials management economy of the future. NYSAR3‘s annual conference will delve into how recycling professionals are dealing with the current challenges and exploring new ways forward.


Highlights of this year’s agenda include:

  • Plenary Session | China’s National Sword presented by industry thought leaders Dave Keeling, President, National Recycling Coalition & Jerry Powell, Founder and Executive Director, Resource Recycling Magazine
  • Pre-conference workshop | Recycling Organics to Reduce Erosion and Build Soils (CEU eligible)
  • Cleaning Up Contamination Through Applied System Change, featuring The Recycling Partnership
  • Women for Reduction, Reuse, Recycling and Rethinking Strategies for Managing Materials
  • Extended Producer Responsibility
  • Single-use Plastics Reduction
  • Ommegang Brewery Reception
  • Recycling Leadership Awards Presentation
  • And More!

Click Here to View Agenda

(Online Registration Coming Soon!)

The New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3) invites you to become a vendor and/or sponsor at our 29th Annual Recycling Conference and Trade Show!

The annual conference is an excellent opportunity to connect with materials management professionals (public and private sector decision-makers from across New York State) to market your products and services.

Sponsor and exhibitor benefits include:

  • Networking with public and private sector recycling staff
  • Modest booth and sponsorship costs
  • Timely technical and educational session topics
  • Planned events and breaks in the vendor show to promote networking
  • World class resort setting near the Baseball Hall of Fame and local breweries and wineries like Ommegang, Fly Creek Cider Mill and Pail Shop Vineyards
  • Vendor/Sponsor exposure before, during and after the event


For more information or to register contact Lisa Ruggero at 518-482-7395 or by email at TODAY!

New Article Published on the Carbon Footprint of Composting

“Carbon Footprint of a University Compost Facility: Case Study of Cornell Farm Services” has been published in Compost Science and Utilization. Click on the link below to access the abstract. The full article is available to the first 50 people who click on “get access” on this page. After that, please contact for a copy of the article.

Call for Abstracts – College students researching the 3Rs

Are you conducting research in waste reduction, reuse and recycling?

The New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling (NYSAR3)
is seeking student research projects related to the 3R’s to showcase at the 28th Annual Recycling Conference and Trade Show.

For more information, click on the picture below.

Please submit your abstract to Abstracts are due by Oct 1, 2018.

Compost Use for Improved Soil – Poster Series

These posters describe how compost can be used in different applications to improve the chemical, physical, and biological characteristics of soils. There are multiple uses for compost including use in agricultural production; on athletic fields; in gardening; for turf establishment and/or maintenance; in landscaping and tree planting; and in nurseries. Compost is a perfect medium for reclamation and remediation; for slope stabilization, erosion control and storm water management; and for roadsides, street trees and medians. Compost made in urban environments can and should be used locally to revitalize the urban environment. Please make use of these posters in your educational programs concerning compost use.

Poster files are sized to be 32” wide by 40” high when printed as a full size poster.

Waste Management at the Processing Plant – webinar

Click here for recorded 70-minute webinar.

Managing, treating and removing solid waste and wastewater often comes at a significant cost for small-scale meat processing facilities.  For those new to meat processing, or those looking for new ideas for their plant, this webinar will provide a general overview on waste management for both solid waste and wastewater.  Wastewater management, basic systems and pre-treatment options, and regulations will be discussed along with solid waste streams (things like manure, bones, trim, etc.) and solutions for dealing with those various waste streams.

A Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network webinar

Speakers: Thomas M. Bass of Montana State University Extension, Jean Bonhotal of Cornell Waste Management Institute and Brian H. Kiepper of University of Georgia.