About Atlas Organics

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.

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Our Composting Process

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.

What is compost?

Compost is an organic material that can be used as a soil adaptive or medium to grow plants. The collection and composting of organics allows for the diversion of material such as food waste, yard trimmings, soiled papers, napkins/tissue, wax board, and cardboard from landfills. This material is placed into piles, rows, or vessels depending on the type of composting system in order to produce a high quality of compost. The material is then cured to allow for it to stabilize and mature. Some of the different composting systems include vermicomposting, aerated windrow composting, aerated static pile composting, and in-vessel composting.

How does composting work?

When composting, it is important to understand how the process works. It is important to control feedstock to maintain a nutrient balance of nitrogen heavy organic materials such as food waste and materials that contain large amounts carbon such as wood chips and leaves. These are often referred to as “green” and “brown” organic materials respectively. It is also important to have materials which are ground or shredded so that micro-organisms can feed on them. Finally, it is important to maintain an adequate moisture, oxygen flow (by turning or aerating the pile), and temperatures so that micro-organisms maintain optimal activity.

Why is composting awesome?

The advantages of composting are vast and often go unnoticed. First and foremost it reduced the amount of organics entering landfills. This not only helps save valuable landfill space, but also reduces the 186.4 million cubic tons of methane emissions generated by organics in landfills every year. Composting also allows for the removal of solids, oil, grease, and heavy metals from stormwater runoff. In addition to reducing the effects that organics have in landfills, composting allows for the reduction or elimination of need for chemical fertilizers. When applied to any soil, compost increases moisture retention and promotes higher yields of crops.

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