Vermont Compost Operator                   Certification Training

Expected in fall 2020 - Location to be announced

Contact james (at) to get on the notification list

Registration 7:30-8:00

Workshop 8:00-4:30

Cost $30

Compost Technical Services is excited to announce that we will be hosting the 2020 Vermont Compost Operator Certification Training, presented by the VT Agency of Natural Resources (ANR). Through this workshop, participants will receive a Compost Operator Certificate, which meets the requirements of ANR for small, medium and large compost facility site operators. Current or future compost site operators will be certified to manage composting facilities handling food scraps or animal mortalities in Vermont.

This webinar, followed by a daylong workshop is focused on operator competency in compost management and regulatory compliance, and includes a dynamic combination of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises.

Vermont residents and site operators working in the state have priority registration. Out of state attendees may register for any open spots one week prior to the workshop date.


Topics Covered Include:

Principles of Composting

Compost Recipe Development

Materials & Blending

Windrow Construction

Pile Monitoring & Management

Windrow Aeration

Aerated Static Pile Composting

Storm Water & Leachate Management

Neighbor Relations

Site & Operating Permit Requirements



James McSweeney - Compost Technical Services

Ben Gauthier - Vermont Agency Of Natural Resources

Others to be announced


If you have any questions please contact:

James McSweeney at 802-224-6888 or james (at)


Free Webinar: Join James McSweeney and ILSR to learn about planning compost site processing capacity!

As communities, cities, and states push to divert food and other compostables from disposal, the demand for organics recycling infrastructure has never been greater. Yet for a multitude of reasons, there are few places where processing capacity aligns well with demand, and many sites find themselves undersized and lacking the tools to expand.

Join our webinar to hear James McSweeney walk through core concepts related to planning compost site operational capacity, drawing from his newly released  book, Community-Scale Composting Systems, and his experience working with hundreds of composters, large and small.

James will cover both conceptual and practical methods for understanding and planning food scrap composting capacity across different composting methodologies.

This webinar is one in a series offered by ILSR to share working models and tips for replication.

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