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About Us

Over the past decade, more and more large-scale composting facilities have opened in Washington State. Population growth makes for more waste that needs to be processed and, with the observable effects of climate change, communities have become aware of the need for sustainable, environmentally-friendly ways to do so. Municipalities are increasingly funding–and requiring citizens to participate in–large-scale composting programs. At the same time, with the help of technology, composting facilities have grown in size, becoming capable of processing more waste on a smaller footprint. However, complaints about odor and environmental health issues from neighbors of such facilities are on the rise. 

The Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders (INND), a non-profit organization focused on research and education on toxic chemicals, was awarded a Public Participation Grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology in June 2013 to create Facts on Composting–a resource to support both large-scale composting and concerned citizens in Washington State. Areas of focus include odor, air emissions, and potential threats to human and environmental health.


This product was funded through a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology. While these materials were reviewed for grant consistency, this does not necessarily constitute endorsement by the department.

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