May 4, 2017

ECS has always been committed to providing robust compost control and monitoring technologies, continuous product evolution, and first-class customer support.  This approach has caused ECS to lose some bids to lower cost providers.  But over time, when support issues go unanswered, facility owners start looking for alternatives.

April 7, 2016

It was a fairly quiet Friday afternoon. That’s when these things always happen.
I took a call from the head operator at one of our Client Facilities. She told
me that a power pole had been knocked down nearby the night before and they
had lost power.

Once main power had been restored to their facility late that morning, they
discovered a lot of elect...

January 30, 2015

Engineered Compost Systems team members and MTNW's Thermal and Line Control groups gathered together to show support for the Seattle Seahawks, who are going to the Superbowl for the second time in a row.  Yes, that is a manikin in the middle.  That's Newton, who took a break from thermal testing to sport Seahawks jersey #31 belonging to Kam Chancell...

July 1, 2014

ECS believes that appropriate technology has a local definition. What is appropriate at one site might be inappropriate at another site even if the locations are just miles apart. Several factors should be investigated before determining and choosing appropriate process technology:

  • Location  & odor sensitivity at the site (neighbors)

  • Through...

April 2, 2014

Odor problems at commercial scale composting facilities are a far too well known problem. The resulting fines, lawsuits, disputed studies, and neighborhood organizations have been well publicized.  Now when new composing facilities are proposed, the “No” folks can Google a large stock of horror stories to help them put up road-blocks in the permitti...

December 29, 2011

In 1999, Tim O’Neill saw an opportunity to combine his years of engineering and project management expertise with his love of the planet and formed Engineered Compost Systems (ECS). By 2001 it was a small company with a few successful in-vessel and ASP systems, and a handful of dedicated and happy clients.

That same year, Tim hired Chris Hibbard, mec...

May 27, 2011

The US Composting Council--the trade organization of the composting industry--issued this alert to all US Compost Facility Members, therefore all compost facilities and users of compost in the US. The alert has also been sent out to the Compost Council of Canada; so far Imprelis has not been found to be used in Canada. Please read below.

(Ronkonkoma,...

May 8, 2010

ECS does not own or operate compost facilities, our clients do. It’s the client doing the day to day operations once we start up our equipment and train their staff. After start-up it’s typical that we hear from the facility staff for about three months, and then their questions and comments taper off dramatically as their learning curve flattens ou...

December 2, 2009

I recently sent out a nation-wide call looking for qualified Compost Facility Operators that have years of experience--and that were interested in relocating to different parts of the US for employment opportunities. I received an underwhelming response. I assume the reasons were two-fold:

1) the part about relocation; and,
2) that there is a dearth...

November 26, 2009

During the twenty odd years that I’ve worked in this industry I’ve fielded questions from thousands of people interested in composting. And, curiously, most of my answers to their questions begin with: “Well, that depends...”

Today, for example, I was contacted by a person looking for information for developing a decision-making matrix that would gui...

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