Composting: The Practical Science program offered in June
The Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP) in
conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
(PA-DEP) and Penn State Altoona are offering their class on the basics
of large-scale composting. The class covers how compost works, from the
microbes to the mega-machines. Sessions on site design, equipment selection,
environmental protection, and product quality are all included. Several
hands-on exercises are part of the course, giving students practice in
measuring various aspects of a working compost pile and in the various
calculations that go into compost management.
The class is offered in a different part of the Commonwealth each year.
This year it returns to the Pittsburgh area, where the compost facility
of AgRecycle will be featured. AgRecycle is one of the premier compost
facilities in the state, having won the Governors’ Award for Waste Minimization
in 1995. The site provides the opportunity for a demonstration of the
various types of equipment as well as an area for the students to learn
some important techniques.
Two well known composting experts return to teach the class: Bob Rynk,
editor of the On-Farm Composting Handbook, and Cary Oshins, long-time
compost educator for Rodale Institute and PROP.
Tuition for the course is $139 for PROP members and $279 for non-members
and takes place on the New Kensington Campus of Penn State. For detailed
information, please contact Amy Carlotto Zuckett, Education Director,
at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 814-742-7777. The course brochure
is available online at www.proprecycles.org.
Upon completion of this course, participants will receive a Penn State
certificate verifying 1.4 hours of continuing education credits earned
towards the Recycling Professional Certification. Also, this course is
a required elective for the Composting Specialization and the Composting
Operator Course Certificate.
Advance registration and payment is required by June 4, 2008.