McGill offers CEUs for industry groups

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International Compost Awareness Week poster 2017

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ICAW – May 7-13, 2017

The International Compost Awareness Week poster for 2017 has been revealed.  Congratulations to the 2017 ICAW winning designer Ursula Gutowski from Niles, IL.

This year, the event runs May 7-13.

Green industry resellers and retailers can take advantage of Earth Day momentum by extending special compost-related promotions and educational events through mid-May.

Customers can contact their McGill sales reps for information about ordering copies of the poster for Earth Day or ICAW promotions.  We will consider requests for other types of promotional support (speakers, display materials, etc.), as well.

Not in a region served by a McGill composting facility? Keep up with the latest on the U.S. Composting Council’s  website or this Facebook page.

 

Cre recognizes McGill’s 25 years

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Cre recognizes McGill's 25 yearsOur thanks and warmest regards go out to Cre, the Composting Association of Ireland, for recognizing McGill for its 25 years in the composting industry.

A brief history of the company is featured in Cre’s December 2016 issue. McGill’s “cover guys” are Noel Lyons (left),  company co-founder and chairman of McGill-Ireland, and Niall Carroll, partner and manager of the McGill companies in Ireland.

In Ireland, McGill owns and operates the McGill-Glenville facility in County Cork and Molaisin Compost in County Waterford, plus 3 other composting facilities in the U.S.

All are indoor, industrial-scale operations.  McGill has also designed similar facilities for other composting companies.

Read the article

 

 

Virginia loves compost

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Virginia loves compost and has demonstrated its enthusiasm by becoming the newest state to form a regional group to support the compost manufacturing industry.

The Virginia Composting Council (VCC) became an official chapter of the U.S. Composting Council in March 2015.  Chapter board members include McGill’s own Kyle White and Bob Broom.

It is the country’s fourth regional chapter, joining California, Minnesota and North Carolina.  There are also working groups in the Maryland-Delaware region and Colorado.

View the full press release here.

Gary Gittere — DIY lawn care aficionado

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Gary's lawn grows greener with compost

Gary’s lawn grows greener with compost

It has been seven years since we built our new home here in North Carolina, arriving from Maryland excited about the opportunity to create a beautiful lawn to complement our beautiful home.

Well, after our initial year of very hot weather, which caused the wonderful lush sod the contractor had installed to become dry and sparse, I found out how challenging it is to maintain a lawn of cool season grass in the south.

I asked  the contractor why my lawn had so many bare spots.  He said fescue does not spread to fill in bare spots and it requires a lot of water to establish roots.

So after three summers of extreme heat and drought wreaking havoc on my lawn, I began with the “tried and true” method of applying fertilizer, lime, and various other chemicals in an attempt to rejuvenate the fescue.  Four years later, I was still filling in spots that did not want to grow grass in an effort to develop that nice, lush lawn all “do-it-yourselfers” strive for.

It became apparent that applying various fertilizers and way more water — which cost more than I ever imagined — was not providing the results I wanted.

After joining the McGill team last year, I attended seminars about the use of compost on turfgrass to build the organic matter in soils, helping turfgrass establish deep root systems with limited or no chemicals.  I became excited when speaking with our many customers and hearing their success stories, with one landscaper stating: “McGill SoilBuilder compost grows grass on concrete.”  Now,  I didn’t believe our product was that impressive, but I couldn’t wait to find out for myself.

Getting the lawn of our dreams

After convincing my wife that I had not given up turning our lawn into the green gem of our dreams, I ordered a load of our compost and, with her help, spent an unseasonably warm Saturday morning in early March spreading the compost with nothing but a shovel, wheelbarrow, and rake.

I had rented a lawn plug aerator the weekend before to prep the yard by opening small plug holes that would be filled with the compost.  After we spread our wonderfully screened and easy-to-handle compost, I over-seeded the following day and watered in, as directed.

We have obtained the results that I have been striving for the past seven years — without the use of harmful chemicals.  I had great germination results with the seeding and the turfgrass has greened up amazingly, but the main thing I have been working to achieve — to establish a thick root system — is now reality.

I am looking forward to the water savings that compost has been shown to provide (25-50 percent less water use, according to the research).  I feel much more comfortable not having to add various chemicals, because compost provides slow release of nutrients for years of benefit.  And if we ever build another home, I now know that applying a thin layer of topsoil does nothing to prepare the soil for growing a good stand of turfgrass.  Instead, to get the beautiful lawn we want, we’ll add a couple inches of compost BEFORE we lay sod or seed to add organic matter and build healthier soil.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  When he’s not concentrating on his lawn, Gary works as McGill’s compost sales and marketing manager for its U.S. operations.

Waste Handling magazine features McGill

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waste handlingMany thanks to the folks at Waste Handling and Equipment News East who were kind enough to run a story about our Composter of the Year award from the U.S. Composting Council.  You can find the article on Page 6 of the April 2012 edition.

 

 

 

Portable Plants & Equipment features McGill

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Portable Plants & Equipment coverInterested in learning more about the screening equipment McGill uses in its operations?  Check out our profile in the March 2012 issue of Portable Plants & Equipment.  Page 23.  Our thanks to the folks at PP&E.

NCSU Park Scholars welcomed by McGill-Merry Oaks

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NCSU Park Scholars

NCSU Park Scholars with McGill president, Noel Lyons (2nd from right)

For a group of students exploring links between economics and the environment, what better place for a tour stop than the McGill Regional Composting Facility at Merry Oaks just south of Raleigh, NC?  Students from the Park Scholarships program at North Carolina State University made a late-March visit to hear Noel Lyons, McGill president, talk about the company’s milestones and challenges through 20-plus years of growth.

Eco-savvy Cary closes the loop with compost use

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cary promotes compost useLast month, town officials in Cary, North Carolina, organized another of their popular compost giveaway events, providing residents an opportunity to load up free compost manufactured from waste materials generated by the community.  The line of cars, trucks and SUVs often spills into the street for Cary compost distributions.  Vehicle count for this “while it lasts” divvy-up was 204.

It’s good to remember that sending waste off to be recycled only takes us halfway around the recycling loop.  To close it, we must use the products manufactured from those residuals and by-products.

The folks in Cary get it.  They also get gallons of irrigation water saved, buckets of stormwater runoff reduced, and dollars of water treatment costs lowered for every patch of suburban lawn or sports field amended with compost.