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 in his community for composting, and the desire to start a new business. (All very good.) He had reviewed our website, sent in the questionnaire and wanted to talk technology. Then, he then asked a very typical question: “how much does a compost facility cost?”
That is a very, very good question…and it’s one that I cannot answer until I can visualize the facility.
So we talked about tipping fees, the difference between CASP (covered aerated static piles) like the AC Composter™, and in-vessel systems like the SV Composter™ and CV Composter™, retention time, the odor sensitivity of the site, distance to the city etc. It was obvious that this guy had done some of his homework, and yet still needed some very basic knowledge about the compost industry before he could adequately frame his questions…so I suggested some timely education at an upcoming conference…and he was way ahead of me.
It’s time for the US Composting Council 20th Annual Conference & Tradeshow at the Renaissance Hotel in Austin, TX—January 17-20, 2012. You will find almost everyone in the compost industry assembled under one roof. There you can meet me (and all my competition) in the exhibit hall, attend the technical secessions and hang with the industry leaders.
And perhaps more importantly, for those of you that are considering getting into the business, you can attend the pre conference classes. Take a look.
Rob and Matt are knowledgeable instructors and the time and cost of the class is money very well spent.
Remember, we all have to start somewhere, and if starting a composting business is on your bucket list, I suggest you start here.
Good luck, and see you at the Conference.