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25 Pa. Code § 281.231. Composting pad or vessel.


§ 281.231. Composting pad or vessel.

 (a)  Solid waste may not be composted, loaded, unloaded or stored, except on a composting pad or vessel that meets the requirements of this section.

 (b)  The composting pad or vessel shall be adequate in size and capacity to manage the projected solid waste, compost and residue volumes.

 (c)  A composting pad or vessel shall be:

   (1)  For a pad, capable of preventing the migration of waste and leachate generated from the composting process through the pad.

   (2)  Designed, constructed and maintained to protect the integrity of the pad or vessel during the projected life of the facility.

   (3)  Designed to collect leachate.

   (4)  For a pad, constructed of nonearthen material.

   (5)  Inspected for uniformity, damage and imperfections during construction and installation.

   (6)  Designed and operated so that the physical and chemical characteristics of the composting pad or vessel and its ability to restrict the flow of solid waste, solid waste constituents or leachate is not adversely affected by the leachate.

 (d)  The operator shall inspect the composting pad or vessel in a manner and frequency approved by the Department in the permit.

 (e)  Upon completion of the construction of a composting pad or vessel, the operator shall:

   (1)  Submit a certification by a registered professional engineer on forms provided by the Department. The certification shall describe the composting pad or vessel being certified, using drawings and plans if appropriate and shall state that the actual construction was observed by the engineer or persons under his direct supervision, and that the construction was carried out in a manner that is consistent with the permit.

   (2)  Notify the Department that the facility is ready for inspection. Solid waste may not be composted, and no solid waste or compost may be stored, loaded or unloaded on the composting pad or in the composting vessel, until the Department has conducted an inspection and has transmitted its written approval to the permittee indicating that the construction was done according to the permit.


   The provisions of this §  281.231 amended December 22, 2000, effective December 23, 2000, 30 Pa.B. 6685. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (226362) to (226363).

Cross References

   This section cited in 25 Pa. Code §  281.121 (relating to composting pad design).

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