Q: How is Barnes managing the impact of the compost facility on the community?
A: We continue on our path of continuous improvement. Barnes is always seeking ways to improve our best management practices during the composting process. During the past two years we have made a number of improvements, including the use of organic odor control agents and inoculants. We also track weather forecasts and wind conditions when scheduling our operations to minimize impact on our neighbors.
Q: Does the compost facility benefit Erie County?
A: The compost facility has been serving the community for more than 21 years, effectively diverting organic materials from landfills and recycling them into high performing horticultural products that help remediate our soil and water resources while reducing our need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Q: Does the compost facility operate under a license?
A: Yes, the facility is operated under an Ohio EPA Class 2 composting license. We work closely with the Erie County Health Department as well as our regulators at the Ohio EPA to ensure the facility is compliant with all the rules and conditions the facility operates under.
Q: How does Barnes work in conjunction with the Health Department?
A: We provide daily reports to the Erie County Health Department which works closely with us and the Ohio EPA to ensure the facility is compliant with all the rules it operates under. Together, we listen to our neighbors and diligently look into any concerns to identify solutions as needed.
Q: How does weather affect the facility?
A: Wind and weather conditions can affect our facility. We carefully monitor weather forecasts to attempt to schedule our operations so that they have minimal impact on our neighbors.