Composting in Bennington, Vermont – Biosolids and Yard Trimmings

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Composting in Bennington, Vermont – Biosolids and Yard Trimmings

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After it sat idle for nine years, the city of Bennington, Vermont, decided to recommission their agitated bay composting facility. Built in 1992 to compost the City’s biosolids and green waste streams, the four-bay Bennington Compost Facility, is co-located at the City’s wastewater treatment plant. By 2010, the City’s biosolids production had decreased to the point where only two of the four bays were being utilized. The City determined hauling its biosolids to a nearby compost facility was more economical and made the decision to mothball the facility. 

As offsite biosolids disposal options became increasingly more expensive, in August 2019, the City called BDP Industries, the major equipment supplier for the facility, to request assistance to restart the facility. The compost facility officially went back into service on August 28, 2019, and has since been generating a Class A compost that the City utilizes on its own projects. This site is very efficient in the use of available space. The facility incorporates four bays, 6.5 feet wide by 180 feet long, with one 30 hp BDP agitator. The facility is staffed by one part-time employee and operates for four hours per day, six days a week. A traditional wood chip type biofilter is used for odor control. 

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