Little River Compost

Little River Compost-Lisbon Falls, Maine

“Static Aerated Pile”, Compost System-Mark Goddard, Owner

Thursday Afternoon

Maine Compost School—2013 (photos by Mark King, Maine DEP)

This facility was originally designed as a medium scale sludge compost facility, utilizing the aerated static pile composting methodology.  Currently, Mark uses this facility to compost horse bedding, cow manure, poultry manure and some seafood residuals.

Annually he processes 5000 cubic yards of combined feedstocks, generating between 3,000 and 3,500 cubic yards of finished compost annually.

At each site operators freely share their information and answer questions that students may have.
On Friday, the optional Certificate Exam will be given. Students will also have the opportunity to complete their course evaluation form.

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Receiving Area-Seafood and grocery store produce discards are received and immediately amended into a pile of sawdust shavings in the facilities’ covered receiving area.  Additionally, animal manures are added as further bulking.


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Composting Area-The Compost blend is transferred to a Reel Auggie Mixer for further homogenization before being moved to the compost bays where it is formed into piles, over forced aeration pipes, and composted for 21 days.   Once the active composting phase is complete, piles are broken down and transferred to an asphalt curing pad for long-term curing.  Final product is screened and bagged for retail sales.