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Lake County, Ohio - Utilities

Sponsored by

The Board of Lake County Commissioners
Jerry C. Cirino
John R. Hamercheck
Daniel P. Troy 
Lake County Department of Utilities
Gary Fedak, P.E. Director of Technical Operations
Matthew Armand, Director of Business Operations
Randall J. Rothlisberger, Sanitary Engineer
Ohio State University Extension – Lake County
Randall H. Zondag, Commercial Horticulture Agent

Buy Compost

    Buy Compost

    We re-purpose solid waste materials into an eco-friendly compost that benefits residents yards. 

    Name: Lake County Groganix

    Great for the following:

    • Lawns
    • Vegetable Gardens
    • Flower Beds
    • Shrubs
    • Soil Amendment
    • Potting Soil
    • Compost Material


    $8.00 per yard (pick-up only). 

    *REQUIRED bring a tarp to cover your load of Groganix

    *We do not make delivers to residents at this time

    To place your order: Contact Glen Oldaker, at the Gary L Kron Water Reclamation Facility.

    Tel: (440) 350-3431 ext. 3023

    Tel: (440) 637-2510

    Standard Business Hours:

    Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 2:00PM

    To pick-up your order: Pickup your Groganix at the Lake County Solids Waste Facility located at:

    Lake County Solid Waste Facility

    2039 Blase Nemeth Road

    Painesville Township, OH 44077

    Near the merge of Route 2 and Route 20 in Painesville Township

    Compost Process

    We re-purpose solid waste materials into an eco-friendly compost that benefits private gardens and commercial nurseries. 

    At the Gary L. Kron Water Reclamation Facility (GLKWRF), digested sludge (a solid waste removed from homes and businesses) is dewatered on belt filter presses and turned into a sludge cake.  A sludge cake is bio-solids that have been dewatered through the treatment process to a moisture content of 60-85 percent.  The sludge cakes are then transferred to the compost building for processing.


    The compost building contains 8 windrow channels in the concrete floor, each 500 feet long, which hold the piping to provide airflow through the constructed windrow.  Windrow composting involves piling organic matter, or biodegradable waste, in long rows (windrows). This method is preferred when producing large volumes of compost. The rows are generally turned to improve porosity and oxygen content, remove moisture, and redistribute cooler and hotter portions of the pile.


    Prior to placing the sludge cake on the windrow, the air channel grating is covered with a layer of woodchips, sawdust and/or recycled compost to provide bedding for the sludge cake.  Bulk material consisting of woodchips, sawdust and recycled compost (at a solids concentration greater than 55%) are added to the sludge cake windrow.  Bulk mix calculations are used to achieve an initial mixture between 42% and 45% dry solids.  The sludge cake and bulk material are thoroughly mixed with a composting machine to form the 4 ft. high, 13 ft. wide and 100 ft. long compost windrow.


    In the first few days, depending upon the ambient air temperature, air may not be drawn through the windrow.  This allows the temperature to rise during this initial phase, as sufficient air is provided by mechanically mixing the windrow with the composting machine on a daily basis.  After temperatures have reached the desired level within the windrow, air blowers are cycled on five minutes and off twenty-five minutes to provide the necessary oxygen to the composting process.  During the last 2-3 days of the one-month composting period, air is supplied continuously to promote drying of the finished product.


    Since windrows are constructed on a daily basis, each windrow is a different age and requires varying amounts of air for optimum maturation.  This is accomplished by controlling the amount of air to each section of the windrow.  Temperatures and oxygen content are monitored at five locations in each section of the windrow on a daily basis to determine the need for mixing or air adjustment. 


    After approximately 4 weeks, the compost is removed from the windrow and transported to the final curing area.  This product meets exceptional quality criteria established by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for Class A compost.  The regulations require that the temperatures be maintained above 55 degrees Celsius for a minimum of three days and that the pathogens be reduced below detectable levels.  To assure pathogen reduction, the densities of indicator organisms, such as salmonella, sp. bacteria and fecal coliform, must be below the requirements of the sludge regulations in the finished product.