In a previous Walden blog we provided a brief overview of Subpart 361-3, which covers several different types of organics processing facilities, including: composting, anaerobic digestion, fermentation, and animal feed processing facilities. This blog will discuss permit requirements for composting facilities in greater detail, giving the reader a better idea of what to expect if your facility must be permitted.
There are three (3) categories that a composting facility (facility) may fall under, and this dictates the specific steps that shall be taken to bring the facility into compliance. They are:
These facilities include those that accept no more than an average of 1,000 pounds or 1 cubic yard, whichever is greater, of source-separated organics (SSO) per week on a monthly basis, and facilities that receive no more than 3,000 cubic yards of yard trimmings per year. These are the least involved to bring in compliance.
These facilities include those that accept no greater than 2,500 wet tons or 5,000 cubic yards of SSO per year without exceeding 800 cubic yards in a given month. Also included are facilities that receive greater than 3,000 cubic yards of yard trimmings but no more than 10,000 cubic yards over a year.
If the facility does not meet the criteria of an exempt nor registered facility a permit must be obtained in order to operate. This is, by far, the most involved of any of the compliance requirements. In order to operate a permitted facility, one must prepare (or perform) the following:
There are additional requirements for permitted facilities that process biosolids and/or yard waste trimmings.
Walden and its team of experienced professional engineers are here to answer any questions regarding the recently adopted New York State Solid Waste Regulations. Please give us a call at (516) 624-7200, (518) 698-3012, or (845) 745-0888 to learn how we can help facilitate the permitting process for your prospective facility.