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BioCycle Conference Scheduled May 17-19 in Albuquerque

LAS CRUCES--Composting and recycling will be the themes of the 29th Annual BioCycle National Conference, held May 17-19 at the Albuquerque Hilton.

"This is the first time the conference will be held in our state," said George Dickerson, horticulture specialist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service. "The goal of everyone involved is to convert organic wastes like yard trimmings, animal manures and biosolids into assets like compost that can benefit the environment."

Speakers from throughout North America and Europe will discuss the "state of garbage" in America, the future of the compost industry and what it takes to convert and major disposal company to composting. "Technical presentations will address aeration, moisture management, computer control of composting and pathogen destruction when preparing wastes for reuse," said Jerome Goldstein, editor and publisher of BioCycle Journal of Composting and Recycling.

Other topics will include finding markets for compost and encouraging buyers to pay fair prices for processed wastes. Researchers will discuss the costs and benefits of compost application and the use of biosolids, or sludge, in rangeland restoration and contaminated soil clean-up.

Conference attendees also will tour innovative sites in the Albuquerque area that are successfully composting biosolids, brush, manure and yard trimmings. "We also will see the automated processing facility that sorts commingled recyclables," Goldstein said.

The registration fee is $385 and includes all conference sessions and a field trip. For a complete agenda and registration card, visit the BioCycle Conference's World Wide Web site at www.jgpress.com or call (610)967-4135.