The composting process

Cary Oshins, Frederick Michel, Pierce Louis, Tom L. Richard, Robert Rynk

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Composting transforms actively decomposing organic materials into compost, a relatively stable product that has value as a soil amendment, nutrient source for plants, and as a tool for environmental protection. The compost process is biological, performed by microorganisms and managed by its human overseers. It is also predominately aerobic, requiring oxygen via aeration. It also requires appropriate feedstocks that contain, moisture, a balance of nutrients, particles that facilitate both rapid decomposition and air movement, and a minimal amount of contamination. This chapter describes the many factors that influence the composting process, and the many transformations take place.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Composting Handbook
Subtitle of host publicationa how-to and why manual for farm, municipal, institutional and commercial composters
Number of pages51
ISBN (Electronic)9780323856027
ISBN (Print)9780323856034
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences

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