Composting Technology Centre and Plant Physiology Lab

Olds College, Olds, Alberta
Area(s) of Expertise

The Olds College Composting Technology Centre has become a world leader in the research and development of composting technologies through the infrastructure supported with CFI grants. The Centre has conducted numerous projects into the use of composting and compost products for the bioremediation of petroleum contaminated soils and mine tailings from gold and nickel mines. The Centre also receives and produces organic fertilizers from biodegradable municipal solid wastes from Olds, surrounding municipalities, and the county. 

In addition, OCCI in collaboration with Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre have created a centre of excellence in turfgrass cold stress physiology; wear tolerance; alternative approaches to weed control and sustainable turfgrass research.

What the facility does

Composting, Integrated Waste Management, Plant Stress Physiology, Turfgrass Research, Bioremediation

Research Services

Applied research and commercial composting of agricultural/ industrial and municipal waste, Integrated waste management systems, Bioremediation and reclamation of contaminated soil, Stress physiology of plants using turgrass systems as the model – primary foci in cold, drought, salinity, and wear tolerance, disease screening and evaluation of turfgrass health.

Sectors of Application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Chemical industries
  • Clean technology
  • Consumer durables
  • Consumer non-durables
  • Education
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Forestry and forest-based industries
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Mining, minerals and metals

Name of equipment

Description of function

Convirons - Controlled Environment for Growing Plants  

E15- Reach-in Chamber & PGW36 walk-in chamber

Thermo Forma Ultra Low Freezers

Programmable chest freezer

 Revco 3 door refrigerator

Laboratory grade refrigerator

Skid Steer


 Haake bath-C41P

Circulating Chiller Bath

 Yamato DKN810

Drying Oven


  • Town of Olds
  • AB Alberta Turfgrass Research Foundation
  • Esso Imperial Oil
  • Alberta Environment
  • Composting Council of Canada
  • Alberta Transportation
  • Cenovous Energy
  • Livestock Water Recycling
  • Syngenta
  • Alberta Golf Course Superintendents Association
  • Telfer Seeds
  • Earthly Matters
  • Canadian Turfgrass Research Foundation
  • Eagle Lake Sod
  • LANTA-Sod Growers Commodity group
  • City of Lethbridge
  • Living Soil Solutions
  • Saskatchewan Turfgrass Association
  • Manderly Sod
  • Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance
  • Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation