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.


January 26, 2011

OK OK, I know it sounds like I’m repeating myself here; and it’s really true. We have another municipal client that had no real previous experience composting their biosolids, and now they are a big success, with their customers wanting their compost product, and the state of Michigan pointing to them as an excellent example of how to recycle biosol...

October 15, 2010

Several of our biosolids composting clients are both municipally operated Waste Water Treatment Plants (WWTP) and first time composters with no previous experience. We do a good job of training our clients on how to use ECS systems; teaching them the fundamentals of composting, and providing them with a range of mix recipes. During the first couple...

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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