BioCycle’s FindAComposter.com® was launched in April 2007, in collaboration with the Biodegradable Products Institute, as a publicly searchable database of composting sites in the U.S. and Canada. Today, listings include three categories of composting sites — full-scale, captive (e.g., at institutions) and community composting — and anaerobic digestion facilities (FindADigester.com®) and organics collection services (FindOrganicsHauler.com®). BioCycle originally created FindAComposter.com® to facilitate access to organics collection and composting infrastructure in the United States and Canada.
About the Listings
Verification: All listings in FindAComposter.com®, FindADigester.com® and FindOrganicsHauler.com® have been verified by the editors of BioCycle, the leading magazine and website for the organics recycling industry. BioCycle, published by The JG Press, Inc., was founded in 1960 as the journal, Compost Science, and is the internationally recognized authority on collecting and processing organic waste streams into high value products via composting and anaerobic digestion.
The following criteria have been established for a composting or anaerobic digestion site to be included in BioCycle’s organics recycling portals:
- Facility is permitted, registered and/or officially exempt from permits to process feedstocks currently receiving or intending to receive (e.g., are permitted to take food scraps but not doing so at current time). These feedstocks include yard trimmings, food scraps, wood, livestock manure, municipal biosolids, and other nonhazardous organic waste streams.
- Any type of permitted composting or anaerobic digestion operation is eligible for inclusion, including on-farm composting, captive food waste composting sites located at universities, colleges and correctional facilities, as well as sites in urban neighborhoods, and at community gardens and farms.
- Facility is in compliance with its permit requirements and local public health and environmental protection rules.
- Facility receiving feedstocks from off-site can be accessed year round (e.g., by delivery vehicles such as waste haulers, providers of amendments, customers for compost, etc.).
Create A Listing
Composting Sites: Composting facilities that want to be listed in the database can log on to BioCycle’s FindAComposter.com® and Create A Listing. All required fields must be completed before a pending listing can be reviewed by BioCycle editors. Once the data has been verified, the composting facility is added to FindAComposter.com®, and the listing is active.. Not all information provided will be viewable to FindAComposter.com® visitors. Information provided that is not publicly viewable, e.g., estimated amount of compost produced annually, will be available only to BioCycle editors to report trends in the aggregate, e.g., 2.2 million tons of compost were manufactured in 2015.
Composting Facility Types & Definitions:
Full-Scale: A municipal or commercial facility equipped to receive and process organic waste streams arriving by truckload volumes from generators and haulers on year-round basis.
Captive: Only compost organics from own facility; utilize compost on-site. No outside materials accepted.
Community: Small-scale operation that enables community members to manage organic material on a neighborhood scale, e.g. at community garden or urban farm. Accepts feedstocks, e.g., food scraps, from off-site. Seeks to keep organics in a closed loop (e.g., neighborhood), from source of feedstocks to use of compost.
Anaerobic Digestion Sites: Anaerobic digestion facilities that want to be listed in the database can log on to BioCycle’s FindADigester.com® and Create A Listing. All required fields must be completed before a pending listing can be reviewed by BioCycle editors. Once the data has been verified, the anaerobic digestion facility is added to FindADigester.com®, and the listing is active. Not all information provided will be viewable toFindADigester.com® visitors. Information provided that is not publicly viewable, e.g., estimated amount of digestate produced annually, will be available only to BioCycle editors to report trends in the aggregate, e.g., 2.2 million tons of digestate were manufactured in 2015.
Organics Collection Services: Food scraps collection services — including bike-powered — that want to be listed in the database can log on to BioCycle’s FindOrganicsHauler.com® and Create A Listing. All required fields must be completed before a pending listing can be reviewed by BioCycle editors. Once the data has been verified, the organics collection service is added to BioCycle’s FindOrganicsHauler.com®, and the listing is active.
Find A Listing
Users of BioCycle’s FindAComposter.com®, FindADigester.com® and FindOrganicsHauler.com® can search by city, state and zip code. Proximity searches can be conducted.