Another great BROME Compost project is up and running as of July 2022 in the Mi’gmaq community of Listuguj, Quebec, which is situated at the end of the beautiful Matapedia valley and just across the bridge from Campbellton, New Brunswick. The current population of Listuguj is around 2000 inhabitants, and is continuing to grow.
This project, developed in collaboration with the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Sustainable Development Institute (FNQLSDI), is one of the first of our projects to install curing bays to continue the composting and curing processes after exiting the cylinder.
A project like this makes sense for the community, helping to reduce transportation costs and tipping fees at the landfill. Keeping organic matter within the community will create a value-added product, compost, to take care of the soils in their beautiful collective garden and for Listuguj Public Works projects.
- Curing Bays
- Thorough tracking of process parameters and characteristics of the compost at all phases
- Collection system with user-friendly buckets
- Final use of the compost in the collective garden and for public works projects.
The system is composed of a BROME 632 rotary drum composter, a 140 cubic-foot PATZ mixer, two conveyors and an automatic rotary sifter. To complete the system, the community installed storage and curing bays.
Apart from this, a good tracking program is in place to observe process parameters and compost characteristics at all phases which will help optimise their operations, particularly for the curing phase.
The collection of ta’n goqwe’l gissugul’ga’tmg, ‘’compostable materials’’ in the Mi’gmaq language, occurs 3 times a week using buckets with lids that are quite user-friendly. What’s more, the bucket has a red latch, and just like the red flags on old-fashioned mailboxes, it can be left in the ‘up’ position after collection to let the user know the truck has passed and that they can pick up their bucket.
The FNQLSDI offered the training in collaboration with Brome Compost. As with all of our projects, communication with the operator is of the utmost importance to ensure project success. Particularly right after commissioning, BROME’s compost technician offers regular follow-ups with the operator until the process is active and the operator becomes more independent.