Making the switch from Grinding Service Vendor to Composter takes a little planning.
If you are an onsite grinding contractor or even if you currently have a mulch or soil yard and want to make the switch to full scale composting. What do you do? Most of the Mulch suppliers are quasi-composters. They pile up wood or bark Mulch and let it darken before they sell it. Well, THAT IS COMPOSTING!
So what are some points you should consider:
What are the Site needs? And do you currently have what is necessary?
· What are you going to Compost? Yard Waste, Sludge, Food Waste
· Type of Composting- Windrow, Static Pile, Aerated Systems
· Permitting- Depends on State
· Space- Windrow, Piles
· Water- YW mostly, Sludge and Food Wastes maybe not necessary
· Leachate Collection
· Contouring of Property for drainage
· Additional Feedstocks- Mixing, Cover Material
Use these points and apply them to your current situation and see what you can achieve with what you currently have as a facility.
What additional Equipment needs are necessary?
· Equipment Utilization is the Key
· Can you use Subcontractors? Grinding, Screening
· Do you need more Wheel Loaders? Moving Materials, Turning Screening, Etc.
· Another Grinder? Or Subcontract
· Windrow Turner- Number One Question? Do you need one?
· Screen- Need to sell the product you create
· Water Truck or Water Pumps- Water and oxygen equal composting
· Compost Equipment- Temperature Probes, Testing Sieves
Do you have what is needed or do you need to purchase more equipment?
How do you change operationally?
· Contracts- Need materials to compost and blend
· Marketing- Have to find the customers
· Screen Sizes- For screener and grinder
· More Products- Soils, Potting Mixes
What can you use internally and what volumes do you need to sell?
What are the projected goals?
· Increase Revenue? Diversify?
· Exhaust Inventory? Eliminate current inventories?
· Reduce/Eliminate Competition? If you don’t, someone will
If you have been a subcontractor grinding for others that may be in the business or a similar business, learn from your customers:
· See what they do and how they do it
· Note what you like
· Note what you think is not working
· Ask for Advice- There are others that have been in your situation
Dave Whitelaw “The Grinder Guy” www.askthegrinderguy.com