In 2015, our founders formed Atlas Organics to develop a company that provides access to composting to homes, companies and municipalities through a comprehensive organics recycling platform that includes collection, processing and consulting services.
Atlas Organics is now an award-winning company in the industry that employs more than 35 professionals to serve 500+ homes, 50+ businesses, 5+ municipalities, and sells products to more than 110 organizations. Atlas Organics is a growing company that is reducing methane emissions and landfill waste while improving soil and the environment.
Atlas Organics manages and processes a variety of organic waste products including yard waste, food waste, and biosolids at various facilities. Our process begins with the acceptance and grinding of yard waste utilizing Rotochopper B66 horizontal grinders fed by Volvo EC220e excavators. These machines take loose unground municipally-collected yard waste and reduce it to a 4 to 6 inch minus single ground mulch. This material acts as a carbon source for the composting process. After the yard waste is processed, it is either added directly to the composting process or mixed with a nitrogen source such as food waste or biosolids at a ratio of approximately 50:50 by weight. This material is then added to the composting system which is comprised of a system of air blowers and an aeration floor/piping system. All material movement on site is done through the utilization of Volvo L70 wheel loaders.
Atlas Organics utilizes Extended Aerated Static Pile (EASP) composting systems engineered by O2 Compost. With EASP composting, fresh air (i.e., oxygen) is blown into the pile under positive pressure to maintain aerobic conditions throughout the pile, eliminate the need for pile turning, accelerate the decomposition of the organic waste material, achieve pathogen reduction requirements, and prevent generation of offensive odors. Compared to typical windrow composting operations, Atlas avoids using a diesel-powered windrow turner and avoids generating dust by avoiding pile turning, all while keeping optimal operating composting conditions to process material faster. Throughout the process the material is monitored through various quality control methods including Solvita, bulk density test, temperature monitoring, and moisture monitoring through a batching protocol.
Once the material is fully composted, it is removed from the composting system and screened to a ⅜ or ¼ inch minus utilizing a Powerscreen Phoenix 2100 trommel screen. This material is then lab tested by Soil Control Labs and is part of the US Compost Council STA Certification. After results are analyzed to confirm national and state limits are met, the material is sold into the marketplace.