The Composting Challenge

composting-sustainableComposting is a productive and effective approach to waste reduction. Facilities seeking to take advantage of the benefits of composting must first overcome a number of challenges involved in the process.

First, waste must be sorted to separate organic and inorganic waste. This effort requires significant behavioral changes in staff and management. It also requires excellent communication among staff and a well-designed plan that can be executed with precision. Another challenge is finding a commercial facility that will accept compostable material. The numbers of these facilities are increasing as composting gains support. is a good resource.


Composting material, if not being processed on site as in the case of some agricultural colleges and other rural facilities, must be hauled. If it has to be stored until the next hauling date, the material can cause problems by harboring unhealthy bacteria, attracting vermin and creating unsanitary runoff. Some facilities refrigerate the material, but most don’t have the equipment or amount of space necessary for this approach.


Pulping or dehydrating compostable materials, or doing both, can solve many composting challenges. These processes reduce the material to an odor-free, dry compostable material. It is easier to store and less costly to haul. Somat has the Pulpers and Waste Dehydrators that can help with your composting program. Pulpers take food service waste and mix it with water to create a pulpable slurry that is approximately 95% liquid and 5% solids. The slurry can then be transported to a dehydrator, which removes most of the water and discharges the semi-dry pulp into a container for disposal or composting. The extracted water can be re-used in the pulping process. A Somat ecoSHRED Compostable Waste Shredder is another excellent way to make composting effective. It grinds and shreds waste, drains it of excess water and compacts it to create an ideal mixture for composting.


The cost savings realized can in many cases offset the cost of equipment—to learn more visit Somat’s ROI Calculator.

Why is Somat the company to solve your Composting Challenge?


  • We have the most experience and the longest history in the waste management business.
  • We are the recognized experts across the industry. When it comes to waste management and waste reduction, we are called on by a wide range of high-profile mass feeding operations; from casinos and colleges to hospitals and the U.S. Navy. Somat is the “go to” partner when expertise in waste equipment is essential.
  • We do one thing and do it with excellence—waste management. While some companies may sell pulpers or disposers as part of a larger line, Somat is highly focused on one area—waste management equipment. We have a culture of innovation with all of our R&D activity devoted to advances in waste reduction equipment. Our pioneering spirit inspires the most creative solutions to the challenges our clients bring us.
  • Somat is known for its superior approach to all phases of customer service and support. We start with a plan, continue through installation and follow-up with comprehensive training of client’s staff.
Somat helps Elizabethtown College turn food waste into energy


While colleges and universities nationwide have composted organic materials to reduce waste and limit their environmental impact, few are taking the next step and turning their compost into electricity. With the help of a Somat pulper and a finely tuned waste management program at the school, Elizabethtown’s composting program produces enough energy to power 200 homes and significantly cuts waste – proof that even a small college can make a big step toward protecting the environment.



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