April 5, 2016

Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island installed a competitor’s (non-ECS) in-
vessel composting system in the 1990s.  Technical support had been an issue for
some time, and in 2015 the vintage custom control system it came with died.  

ECS won the bid to install new controls, VFDs, sensors, and motorized dampers to
control and monitor their eight ves...

January 15, 2016

Synagro’s South Kern Compost Manufacturing Facility (SKCMF) biosolids composting facility at South Kern Industrial Center is one of the largest biosolids composting facilities in California. Until recently the facility used an Aerated Static Pile (ASP) system with negative aeration with a biofilter, manual aeration controls, and our 2nd Generation E...

December 5, 2014

Take a look at this article in the December 2014 issue of Waste Advantage Magazine entitled, Rural and Suburban Composting: Practices and Tools, by Steve Diddy, ECS.

Many municipalities are leading the call for more composting to reach their zero-waste goals. Successful composting means achieving both biological and economic sustainability, and getti...

April 2, 2014

Odor problems at commercial scale composting facilities are a far too well known problem. The resulting fines, lawsuits, disputed studies, and neighborhood organizations have been well publicized.  Now when new composing facilities are proposed, the “No” folks can Google a large stock of horror stories to help them put up road-blocks in the permitti...

January 14, 2012

I love new acronyms—especially this one: CASP.

It’s kind of hard to say and it’s becoming very popular in the compost industry (particularly in California). I first heard Evan and Neil Edgar use it a year or so ago and I credit them for its origin (although they are so modest they say the term has been around for at least four or more years).


January 14, 2012

In recent years ECS has completed two (2) pilot projects for the US Army using the AC Composter™; and has another permanent CV Composter™ installation at the Pax River Naval Base near Annapolis MD.

You can read about the Army’s pilot projects here:



December 30, 2011

I called Steve Briggs the other day to check in and see how the CV Composter™system they bought from us last year was working out for them. Steve is the Chief Plant Operator at the City of Livingston MT Waste Water Treatment Plant.

We got to talking and I asked him why the city decided to start composting their biosolids. He told me that prior t...

December 29, 2011

I get asked this question a bunch. In fact, I got two phone calls asking me that same question today. I love getting these calls. And everyone has to start somewhere (I know I did).

One of the guys that called me up today told me he had land, a background in construction, a father-in-law (formerly) in the garbage business, high garbage rates, a need...

December 29, 2011

In 1999, Tim O’Neill saw an opportunity to combine his years of engineering and project management expertise with his love of the planet and formed Engineered Compost Systems (ECS). By 2001 it was a small company with a few successful in-vessel and ASP systems, and a handful of dedicated and happy clients.

That same year, Tim hired Chris Hibbard, mec...

January 26, 2011

OK OK, I know it sounds like I’m repeating myself here; and it’s really true. We have another municipal client that had no real previous experience composting their biosolids, and now they are a big success, with their customers wanting their compost product, and the state of Michigan pointing to them as an excellent example of how to recycle biosol...

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