Beth has a long term interest in Environmental Science and in solving waste management problems. Beth worked for 25 years for the Federal Government as an Environmental Scientist and Hydrologist. After taking an early retirement, she is now able to focus on helping to establish onsite compost systems. Beth has a BS in Geology from the University of Cincinnati, and an MS in Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a certified Compost Facility Operator in the State of Maryland.
In 1994, while I was working for the USGS in upstate New York, I got to see an onsite compost system at a large YMCA Camp. It really struck me how smart this was, and I have been interested in it ever since. Since 2015, when I retired from the EPA, I have made onsite composting my work and my mission.
Twenty five years later, the YMCA camp is still composting all of their kitchen and dining hall waste -ONSITE. In the time period since they started, they have saved a lot of money in hauling and tipping fees, they produce high quality compost, and they are known for their environmental educational program which includes composting and greenhouse gardening. At the same time, they have saved landfill space and prevented methane production in a landfill. This is a win all around!
My approach is a waste management approach. This approach is combined with recognizing the need to create good quality compost that is used to build soil for producing healthy and nutritious food. My training as a compost expert started with community composting at Ecocity Farm in Edmonton, Maryland. Starting in 2014, I took a "Community Compost" Course that was offered and sponsored by the Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR) (https://ilsr.org). This is where I learned about the science of composting and where I started to understand how this relates to soil quality, nutritious food, and healthy communities. Since that time, I have been continuing training and participating in community compost projects in Greenbelt, MD,
Don't pay to haul it away! In many cases, composting onsite is the best option.
Advantages of composting onsite: