Here at XACT Systems, we are regularly asked about amendments for composting organic waste. Will I need them? What will I use? How much will I use? You get the picture.
The short answer is…it depends (not useful information). The long answer is that amendments are required when the C:N ratio of the waste itself is not close to the ideal ratio of 25:1. When this is the case, which amendment to use and how much is calculated using the C:N ratio of the amendment in conjunction with that of the waste. The website of Cornell University Composting website is an excellent resource in general and specifically has an index of a multitude of amendments and their typical characteristics (originally developed by the Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Services ). Or save yourself some time, and let me send you this Table as a PDF.
Just as important from a business stand point, the amendment you most want to use is the one where it costs you nothing to obtain it, or better yet, one that you are being paid to dispose of for a 3rd party.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss your particular composting challenges and how the in-vessel rotating BioReactor by XACT can serve your purposes. XACT Systems is dedicated to helping you acheive a SUCCESSFUL trouble-free, neighborhood-friendly composting process.
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