Facility operations overview
There is no choice but to run a tight ship when pushing hundreds of tons a day through a composting facility. A state-of-the-art process and great facility design are not enough to guarantee composting done right. The way the facility is operated — from intake to compost sales — is integral to a facility’s success or failure.
Operations must be methodical, systemized and standardized, based on tried-and-true policies, practices and procedures for the successful conversion of biodegradable materials into high-value compost products. Equipment must be designed, customized and sized for manufacturing compost — not rocks or sand or some other bulk material. Team members need to understand not only individual assignments, but also how those various jobs fit into and contribute to total facility output.
Different management philosophies can result in wildly varying outcomes with regard to service reliability, product quality and environmental security — even when companies share similar facility designs and processes. Whether manufacturing candy bars, automobiles or compost, adherence to established routines and methods is the only way to ensure rapid throughput, consistent products and acceptable profit margins.
Over the years, McGill has learned some hard lessons about facility operations. But this schooling has resulted in systems and protocols that ensure our operations stay up and running, even when facing equipment breakdowns or extreme weather conditions.
Manufacturing vs. managing waste
At McGill facilities, composting is a manufacturing process. Just like our facility design objectives, our operations goal is to manufacture quality products, not manage waste. Putting product quality at the top of the operations priority list makes a difference.
We are selective in our feedstocks to ensure quality products move out the door to market. Once inside, the flow of materials is regimented, documented and monitored — just like any other manufacturing facility.
Standard operating procedures (SOPs) are applied to every processing batch. These standards cover everything from blending formulations to maintaining the optimal processing environment to final product screening. Loaders move materials in set patterns designed for safe and efficient materials handling. Bays are filled according to an SOP that all but eliminates leachate generation while establishing the desired degradation environment for the McGill composting process.
As a result, waste comes in and compost goes out on a predictable schedule. Compost quality is consistent year-round — a crucial requirement when selling to professional markets.
McGill package plants include facility operations guidance
McGill Composting Technologies licensees receive operations training, maintenance schedules and other support to keep facility operations on track and the business growing.
Because we’ve “been there, done that,” there are backups and alternative management strategies for almost every hiccup. If you come up with an issue we haven’t seen or heard of before, we’ll help you figure out a solution.
When you need help, evergreen support means we’re only a phone call or email away. Or leave it all in our experienced hands with a long-term management contract.
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