ComposTex Covers - Customer Testimonials

"We don't have quantitative measurements, but through observational and anecdotal experience, we've observed (by using the "squeeze test") that piles covered with ComposTex maintain more consistent moisture despite seasonal weather variability. Specifically, by shielding the surface from the drying effects of sun and wind, piles covered with ComposTex contain more moisture during our dry seasons and then are protected from becoming too wet during our spring snow-melt and late-summer monsoon seasons."

Patrick Pfeifer
MA Sustainable Communities, Northern Arizona University
Co-Founder, Roots Composting, LLC, Flagstaff, AZ
Program Developer and Coordinator, NAU Composting Program (2011-2013)

"We had used ComposTex covers in a food waste composting demonstration/reserach trial in the winter of 1999. The composting system was a turned windrow system processing vegetable waste [fresh cuts of lettuce, onions, cabbage, etc] blended with a bulking agent [wood chips or synthetic bulking agents]. The purpose of using the compost covers was to prevent infestation with fly larvae and rain water infiltration of the windrows. Although we did not quantitatively evaluate these benefits, based on qualitative observations we concluded that these two objectives were met."

K.C. Das
Bioconversion Research and Education Program
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602

"We compost food waste, animal manure, and leaves as part of a public-private food recycling initiative through our prison industries program. ComposTex covers have easily increased processing temperatures 15 - 20 F. and greatly improved processing efficiencies by keeping the material from getting too wet. I highly recommend these covers to any compost operation looking to improve their operation."

Mike Warden - Correction Industries Manager
Maine Correctional Industries Compost Project
"A Regional Food Recycling Initiative"
Maine Correctional Center, Windom, Maine

"We've just completed using ComposTex covers for a season and they've been excellent. They shed water really well and are very light weight and durable in comparison to other materials we've tried. We will be ordering more covers soon."

Gavin Rodway, Remediation Manager
CELTIC Technologies Ltd.
British Isles

"Composting is one of three disposal options for biosolids generated by the Laguna Wastewater Treatment Plant. This is an in-vessel, agitated bed composting system (Longwood Manufacturing) consisting of twelve 10'x6'x10' bins. During the past year (1998), 12,000 cubic yards of compost were produced and production of 30,000 cubic yards is anticipated during the coming year.

Our two objectives for trying ComposTex was to create additional curing capacity beyond our covered curing pad and to be able to cure outdoors during our rainy season. The results we have seen have exceeded our expectations. Windrows covered with ComposTex maintain significantly higher temperatures than windrows curing in our covered storage area, reducing curing time significantly. And while we've found that ComposTex is very effective in shedding rainwater, we also use the covers during dry weather to reduce water loss. Compared to plastic sheeting we used previously, ComposTex is relatively easy to keep on piles and has resulted in labor and cost savings which have easily offset their additional cost. In addition, the air-permeability of ComposTex prevents anaerobic pockets from forming in our curing piles which has reduced odor problems. Finally, we've also found that in summer, the UV-light resistant fabric also outlasts plastic by far. I have recommended ComposTex to other composters and will continue to do so."

Mike Reynolds, Biosolids Coordinator
City of Santa Rosa Subregional Utilities
Santa Rosa, California

"When we began looking for a biosolids composting cover, we considered several options before deciding to buy ComposTex. By keeping the piles from getting too wet from the rain, these covers have done exactly what we needed them to do."

Bill Southwell
Webster Wastewater Treatment Plant
Village of Webster, New York

The City of Monroe composts all of the biosolids generated from Monroe, the City of Sultan, and the City of Duvall. We utilize the static aerated pile method in covered bays with positive aeration. In 2000, we produced approximately 6000 cubic yards of class A biosolids compost. We were first interested in ComposTex compost covers as an alternative to cured compost or sawdust for insulating piles. We've now been using two covers with great success since the Fall of 1999 . The covers retain heat while allowing moisture vapors to escape. This saves us money by eliminating the need for sawdust and also ensures more uniform insulation. We've been very happy with the results and our state regulatory agency has given the covers complete acceptance as well. The ease of handling and its durablity has met all our expectations.

John Lande, Lead Operator
City of Monroe WW Treatment Plant
Monroe, Washington

We produce about 2,000 tons per year of biolsolids from our 9 mgd wastewater treatment plant. Using an aerated static pile system, we produce a Class A compost which is distributed to the public. We started using ComposTex three years ago as an alternative to insulating our 20 compost piles with wood chips. Because this fabric both provides the insulation we need and speeds up the drying process (by protecting the piles from rainfall, increasing the internal temperature, and allowing moisture to escape), we've determined that they paid for themselves within the first six months. We're presently expanding our biosolids composting program and ComposTex is an integral part of this expansion.

Larry Cobler, Operations Engineer
Rockingham WW Treatment Plant
Rockingham, North Carolina