Compost Facility Permitting
Compost Facility Planning & Design
Environmental & Regulatory Compliance
Compost Operator Training
Compost Technical Research
Odor, Water, Air Quality Compliance
Solid Waste Facility Permitting
Permitting a composting, chip & grind, or anaerobic digestion facility is a complicated process in California. As many as seven major permits (and multiple smaller permits) may be required. Matthew Cotton has permitted dozens of solid waste facilities, and understands the permitting and approval process.
Matthew Cotton conducts important research on the organics industry, from studying compost infrastructure to researching the fate of compostable plastics and the GHG impacts of applying compost to agricultural soils, as well as many other projects.
Composting Facilities don't require written Fire Plans in CA (like C&D processing facilities do), but having a written fire plan is a good idea for any facility handling large quantities of dry organic matter. Matthew Cotton has written approved fire plans for composting, chip & grind, and C&D facilities, and is familiar with practical BMPs and operational practices which help mitigate the risk of fire at these types of facilities.
Matthew Cotton has developed training programs for the US Composting Council (USCC), the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), and the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA). He is a lead instructor for the USCC's 40-hour Compost Operator Training Course.
Upcoming Training Opportunites:
In over 25 years of work, Matthew Cotton has become a respected resource for all aspects of the composting industry, from providing permitting assistance to new and expanded composting, anaerobic digestion, and chipping & grinding facilities, to providing hands-on odor mitigation at composting facilities, to conducting important statewide studies of the California organics industry.