California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Compostable Materials

Publications and Web Sites

Following are recommended publications on the topic of compostable materials.

BioCycle: Journal of composting and organics recycling.

Compliance and Enforcement Response Guide: Developed primarily to assist Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control managers and staff in developing comprehensive compliance assurance strategies and in designing appropriate case-specific enforcement strategies.

Compost...Because a Rind is a Terrible Thing to Waste! (1996): Food scrap composting for businesses and institutions Provides detailed guidance for large institutions (i.e. universities, hospitals, prisons, adult homes) and businesses (i.e., grocery stores, businesses with food service) to help them implement food scrap composting through source separation of scraps and composting either on-site or collection for composting elsewhere. The 65-page manual includes "how to" information and worksheets and describes the experiences and cost savings realized in 9 case studies. A 30-minute video (Quicktime, 65.35 MB) shows how source separation and composting are done at different businesses and institutions. A 7-minute video (Quicktime) describes the benefits of food scrap composting, and can help promote the concept to decision-makers in businesses and institutions. From the Cornell University Resource Center, 7 Business & Technology Park, Ithaca, NY 14850.

Composting Animal Mortalities Minnesota Department of Agriculture: Describes mortality composting, answers commonly asked questions, outlines what is needed to compost on your farm, explains how to compost step-by-step, outlines applicable regulations and provides resources for more information.

Composting Guide: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management: Includes information on the states regristration and operating requirements.

Composting Layer Mortalities, Agri-Food Composter, University of Missouri Extension: Information on composting poultry carcasses. 

Composting: Nature's Way to Recycle, CalRecycle publication #500-1994-0014: A simple guide on the basics of composting. The publication can be downloaded in PDF format.

EPA Municipal Solid Waste Composting Publications: A list of publications available through the US EPA.

Environmental Regulations and Technology--Control of Pathogens and Vector Attraction in Sewage Sludge: A document by the USEPA that analyzes and provides guidance on the control of pathogens and vector attraction in sewage sludge.

Farm-Scale Composting Resource List: Information provided by Appropriate Technology Transfers for Rural Areas (ATTRA).

Field Guide to On-Farm Composting, $22 (ISBN 0-935817-39-5): Published by the Plant and Life Sciences Publishing. Designed as a companion book to the On-Farm Composting Handbook for use in the field. It does not provide the in-depth information on a number of topics presented in the Handbook, especially relative to site selection, economics and marketing.

Master Composter: A newsletter and web-based resource on a wide array of compost related topics.

Mortality Composting in Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin Extension: A slide presentation on the basics of carcass composting.

Odor Pollution in the Environment and the Detection Instrumentation: In this paper odor pollution in the environment is reviewed as well as the physical and chemical properties of odor and odor monitoring and control technologies.

On-Farm Composting Handbook, Robert Rynk, $25 (ISBN 0-935817-19-0): An excellent resource that discusses a variety of methods of on-farm composting. The book also discusses the carbon to nitrogen ratio of common farm feedstock. This information will help you figure out the best mixture of ingredients to facilitate the composting process. Excerpts of the book are included in the referenced web site. It is produced by and available from the Plant and Life Sciences Publishing, Cornell University, 152 Riley-Robb Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853; 607-255-7654.

A Plain English Guide to the EPA Part 503 Biosolids Rule: This rule, The Standards for the Use or Disposal of Sewage Sludge, became March 22, 1993. This guidance document is a helpful tool for implementing the rule.

Soil Biology Primer, US Department of Agriculture, National Resources Conservation Service: The Soil Biology Primer is an introduction to the living component of soil and how it contributes to agricultural productivity, and air and water quality.

Last updated: January 14, 2015
Compostable Materials, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/SWFacilities/Compostables/
Martin Perez: Martin.Perez@calrecycle.ca.gov (916) 323-0834