12:30 pm - 5:00 pm


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Needham Free Public Library
1139 Highland Ave, Needham Heights, MA, 02494

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RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts is hosting a no-cost Practical Skills Compost Workshop with emphasis on composting food materials. This half-day workshop will focus on operator competency in compost site management, in-field operations, and recipe development.

This workshop is geared towards:

• Food materials composting operations registered with MDAR or MassDEP
• Municipal or small-scale site operators either currently accepting or considering accepting food materials
• Other interested parties considering starting a compost site and accepting off-site food materials

The workshop will be led by James McSweeney of Compost Technical Services and Greg Smith from Town of Needham Department of Public Works. All interested parties are encouraged to register but priority will be given to compost site operators in Massachusetts that are currently accepting food materials or planning to begin accepting food materials.

This workshop is full, please reach out to info@recyclingworksma.com or call 888-254-5525 if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.

For those who participate in the US Composting Council Certified Compost Operations Managers (CCOM™) or the Certified Composting Professionals (CCP™) programs, you can earn 4 Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits for attending this workshop. For more information about those programs, click HERE.


Needham Free Public Library – Classroom Lesson

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Registration and Light Refreshments Served

1:00 pm – 1:20 pm Welcome, RecyclingWorks Updates, & Introductions
Greg Smith, Town of Needham Transfer Station
Sam Arthen-Long, RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts

1:20 pm – 1:40 pm MassDEP Regulations and MDAR Registration
MDAR, Sean Bowen
MassDEP, John Fischer

1:40 pm – 2:00 pm Compost Management Review & Intro to Recipe Exercise
James McSweeney, Compost Technical Services

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm Drive to Needham Transfer Station

Town of Needham Transfer Station – Tour and Outdoor Activities

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm Compost Site Tour
Greg Smith, Town of Needham Transfer Station

3:00 pm – 4:45 pm Pile Monitoring and Recipe Development Activities
James McSweeney, Compost Technical Services

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm Reflection and Q&A Session



This event is fully booked.