The TLC Process

Designed to Protect the Environment


  1. Hauling: Natural gas fueled trucks arrive at the facility with biosolids and agricultural green wastes, called “amendments,” which add the carbon that is necessary to complete the composting process. TLC receives five biosolids trucks and a couple of amendment trucks per week.
  2. Mixing: As biosolids are delivered to the facility, biosolids trucks enter the Mixing and Receiving Building where the biosolids are unloaded indoors. Amendments are delivered and temporarily stored outdoors. The biosolids and amendments are combined using stationary mixers located inside the Mixing and Receiving Building or in a specialized mixer truck.
  3. Composting: The blended material is delivered to the composting area where it is laid out in piles, an engineered cover is placed on top, and it is broken down by the activity of tiny microbes. The composting area is equipped with an oxygen controlled, positively aerated system, and an oxygen and temperature monitoring device. This system creates ideal composting conditions within the pile, while efficiently trapping odors and other emissions such as dust, ammonia, and volatile organic compounds.
  4. Screening: After the composting process is completed, the composted material is screened to produce a fine and consistent product. Material too large to pass through the screen is returned to the composting process.

34318 23rd Ave, Kettleman City, CA 93239
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