Compost Use in Construction

Compost Use in Construction

The top four reasons why any sediment control Best Management Practice (BMP) fails on a construction site are issues with installation, maintenance, performance, and design. Compost filter socks are specifically designed to remove each of these issues, minimizing risk on any construction site or land disturbing activity.

  1. Compost filter socks are one of the only BMPs on the market that do not require trenching, which is both labor intensive and a land-disturbing activity. Simply prepare the ground, lay down the compost filter sock, and stake. It is the industry leader in installation simplicity.
  2. Compost filter socks combine one of the highest stormwater flow-through rates and heaviest weight of any BMP in the industry, creating a product that rarely moves, floats, overtops, or undercuts – creating minimal maintenance requirements.
  3. Compost filter socks are one of the only sediment control BMPs whose performance has been researched by multiple major U.S. universities and a U.S. federal agency, with results published in leading U.S. environmental scientific peer-reviewed publications.
  4. Compost filter socks are one of the only sediment control BMPs that have detailed site specific design and engineering criteria available for virtually any site and regional design storm/rainfall condition. Without this information a BMP is impossible to design correctly, leading to a much higher risk of major failure from under design or paying too much due to over design.

In addition, compost filter socks are one of the only BMPs that are accepted by state regulatory agencies across the US, and can significantly reduce environmental impacts both on and off the project site.

Britt Faucette, Ph.D., CPESC, LEED AP, Director of Research, Technical, & Environmental Services with Filtrexx International, is a member of USCC and the International Erosion Control Association (IECA). IECA is a non-profit professional organization that provides specialized training, networking and business opportunities for members to develop their skills and further their careers. Learn more at

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