The Compost Council of Canada is a national non-profit, member-driven organization with a charter to advocate and advance organics residuals recycling and compost use. It serves as the central resource and network for the compost industry in Canada and, through its members, contributes to the environmental sustainability of the communities in which they operate. 

26th Annual National Organics Recycling Conference
Final Proceedings

Monday | Tuesday

Plenary Session
  1. Digesting the Opportunities
    Logistics of Operating a Farm-Scale Anaerobic Digester in Ontario
    Brandon Gilroyed, University of Guelph

    Digestate as Composting Feedstock: Benefits to Decomposition Rates
    Daryl McCartney, University of Alberta and Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence

    Adapting to Change: How Anaerobic Digesters Can Manage Changes in Feedstock Supply
    Tom Ferencevic, Yield Biogas

  2. Calling the Collectors: A Roundtable Discussion on Best Practices and Factors Affecting Collection Success
    So much of both diversion success and end product quality depends on the what and how organics are collected. This moderated session will bring together experts in collection products who have helped build the current infrastructure for organics recycling across Canada, providing insights on how we can make our programs better.

    Kathy Rye, Al-Pack Enterprises
    Tony Johns, IPL Inc.
    Tim Corcoran, Molok North America

Concurrent Sessions
  1. Compost Feeds Farm Soils
    Sponsored by Arlington Farms
    Assessing Soil Amendments for Agriculture
    Christine Brown, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs

    Spreading the Message: COMPOST!
    Mike Lishman, Arlington Farms

    What Iím Learning in the Field
    Scott Mabury, University of Toronto

  2. Walking the Talk
    Composting Toilets: A Pilot Project in Portneuf
    Travis Ahearn, Compost Montreal

    Worm Composting: From Classrooms to Condos to Corporations !
    Cathy Nesbitt, Cathyís Crawly Composters

    Composting: Environmental Action at a Personal Scale
    Jacques Charbonneau, Jora Compost

Concurrent Sessions
(1:30-3:30 pm)
  1. Itís All About the Markets
    Preserving and Restoring Healthy Soil: Updating Compost Use in Soil Specifications
    Dean Young, Toronto & Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)

    Questioning the Nature of the Threat to Highway Trees: The Role of Soil Compaction in Their Health
    Darby McGrath, Vineland Agricultural Research Station

    Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Initiative Program Update
    Karen Jacobs, Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association

    Compost Use in Mines in Northern Canada
    Paul Larouche, Groupe Commercial Paul Larouche

  2. Research Matters
    Soil Food Web: The Soil Ecology of Who Eats Who and Their Relationship with Plant Roots
    Mike Dorion, Living Soil

    Composting of Sea Lettuce: Impacts on Potato Production
    Roger Henry, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

    What Socio-Economic and Management Factors Play Key Roles in the Success of Organics Diversion Programs? (and What That Means for Phosphorus Recycling)
    Jillian Treadwell, McGill University

    Using the Composting Process to Mitigate an Avian Influenza Outbreak
    Jean Bonhotal, Cornell Waste Management Institute

Closing Plenary
Compost Quality and Evaluation
Benchmarking Compost Quality in Ontario
Cecily Flemming, Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and Lambert Otten, Professor Emeritus, University of Guelph

Representing Compost Products Accurately and Fairly: Ethical Considerations
Walter Termeer, Fundy Compost

Value-Added Compost: Show Me the Money !
George Lazarovits, A&L Biologicals

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