McGill Environmental Systems specializes in manufacturing premium compost products through the processing and recycling of non-hazardous, biodegradable by-products and residuals from municipal, industrial and agribusiness sources.
We also design, build, and operate state-of-the-art indoor facilities — either McGill-owned or customer-owned. All McGill operations provide reliable, weather-independent production year round.
For more than 25 years, we have been operating industrial-scale composting facilities, and in that time, have earned a reputation for sustained, reliable, and cost-effective service. Many of our customers have used McGill transportation and composting services for more than a decade.
McGill has a well-established customer base in bulk sales to the landscaping, construction, and erosion-control industries, as well as bulk and bagged sales to soil products retailers. Our product line includes composts and compost-based mixes and blends, including enriched topsoil and compost formulated for conventional agriculture.
Regional composting operations
McGill Environmental Systems owns and operates regional composting facilities in the U.S. and Ireland. Our newest U.S. plant, McGill-Waverly, is located near Richmond, Virginia, and is the largest enclosed composting facility in that state. Two more plants serve the Carolina coastal and Piedmont regions near Wilmington and Raleigh, respectively. In Ireland, we have facilities in Co Cork and Co Waterford. Locate a McGill facility.
McGill provides management services for biodegradables to hundreds of municipalities and industrial operations in the eastern U.S. and Ireland. Around the world, we have provided expertise to waste management projects from Europe to Southeast Asia.
McGill has customers across many sectors including companies both large and small, municipalities and state and federal agencies.
Services offered by McGill Environmental Systems
McGill Environmental Systems provides a full range of services related to the manufacturing, distribution and sale of high-quality compost, as well as other biological treatment and remediation technologies:
- Commercial processing of biodegradable waste and compatible non-biodegradables
- Sales and marketing of premium compost products
- Marketing services related to feedstock sourcing and procurement
- Transportation and roll-off/trailer rental
- Mobile dewatering and biological sludge drying
- Facility design, build, and operations
- Equipment sales and technology licensing
- Bioremediation systems
- Bioenergy systems
- Troubleshooting and consulting
- Research and demonstration
- Training, outreach and education
McGill Environmental Systems celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016, making us one of the oldest, continuously-operating compost manufacturing companies in the world.
Why McGill is answered with a history that delivers a wealth of experience, a deep knowledge base, and an acute understanding of what it takes to make composting and compost products an economically-viable option for hundreds of customers across a wide range of sectors, including municipalities, industries and agribusinesses.
Our customer list includes some of the most prominent names in the global corporate community. It also includes small municipalities with just a few hundred residents. Some of those names have been on our customer list for over a decade, and what they all have in common is the need for a reliable, cost-effective service … year after year after year. That’s what we deliver.
We make composting work
We know how to compost. But more important, we know how to make composting work for you:
- We are reliable. Our year-round, all-weather composting facilities and infrastructure mean we meet your production/delivery schedules.
- We are reputable. Multi-nationals rely on McGill. Government agencies turn to McGill. Independent growers and green industry professionals entrust their livelihoods and reputations to McGill. You can trust us, too.
- We manufacture quality products. Not all compost is equal. Our scientifically-enhanced composting process creates premium compost products for consistent results every time.
- We deliver quality service. Our experienced teams have expertise in their respective fields and are dedicated to the highest levels of customer care.
- We provide the complete package. We have the facilities, teams and infrastructure to handle almost every aspect of organic waste management, composting, and compost utilization.
- We have no equal. For more than 25 years, we have been designing, building and operating composting facilities, as well as marketing our own compost products. With millions of tons composted and millions of cubic yards distributed, our rich depth of knowledge of the full process, end-to-end, can’t be matched.
Why McGill? Because we do composting right.
Would you like more information? Contact us.
LOCK-THE-LOOP | MADE LOCALLY
Compost is a product manufactured from local materials and used to rebuild depleted soils in the same community. Most of our feedstocks are sourced within a 100-mile radius of a McGill facility, and the products returned to soils within a 50-mile radius.
Some companies and municipalities will send us materials for recycling. Others will take the resulting compost and use it for landscaping, turfgrass management and water management. Entities displaying our Lock-the-Loop label on their websites and literature take full responsibility for their residuals and by-products by doing both. Local landscapers and retailers displaying the Lock-the-Loop remind customers that their purchase of McGill compost products not only gives their soil what it really wants, but also boosts the local economy and helps make their community more sustainable.
Choosing to recycle, choosing to buy recycled and making local a purchasing priority represents a win-win for generators, compost users, local businesses and the planet. Look for our Lock-the-Loop and Made Locally logos when purchasing compost products.
Human activities (farming, development, etc.) strip organic matter from the soil. Together, composting biodegradable waste and using compost products shape the recycling loop for topsoil replenishment. These dual practices lock the loop for soil, resulting in improved stormwater and erosion control management, better protection for water supplies and reduced water pollution.
Robust markets for compost products across a region allow compost manufacturers to offer lower tipping fees. When a waste generator can reduce costs by recycling instead of disposal, most will opt for recycling, even when there is no requirement to do so.
This pulls organics from landfills and incinerators without the need for government-imposed recycling mandates.
To participate in Lock-the-Loop
To recognize those entities who foster and promote not only composting, but also compost use, McGill developed its “Lock the Loop” program. Participants receive door decals, posters and other support from McGill to help with outreach efforts.
Eligible entities include:
- Municipalities, counties, industries and others who send organics to McGill for composting and actively encourage the use of the resulting compost products by using those products themselves and/or promoting compost utilization among constituents through signage, website, and/or other outreach efforts.
- Landscapers, landscape supply companies, resellers and others in a region served by a McGill facility who actively promote the use of McGill compost products through signage, website, sales collateral, and/or other marketing efforts.
- Not-for-profit entities with a compatible mission who promote the use of compost products by using those products themselves and/or promoting compost utilization among constituents through signage, website, and/or other outreach efforts.
Level and manner of McGill support will be determined on a case-by-case basis, proportionate to the outreach effort of the program participant. For more information, contact us.
True sustainability begins and ends with compost.
Published: January 22, 2013
Updated: January 18, 2021