Research Pays Off: Composting Roadkill: Research and Implementation by the Virginia Department of Transportation

Each year, vehicles in Virginia hit more than 56,000 deer. The Virginia Department of Transportation (DOT) spends more than $4 million to remove and dispose of the carcasses of deer and other wildlife. Composting roadkill is not common in the United States, although composting livestock carcasses is a frequent practice not only in the United States but worldwide. Under Virginia law, composting benign roadkill is subject to the same siting, construction, and testing requirements that apply to the disposal of sewage sludge and household waste. In 2009, the Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC) began a series of research projects to evaluate the environmental implications of composting roadkill and the utility of the practice as an option for managing the carcasses in a way that protects the environment and passes regulatory review. This articles reviews VTRC's evaluation of three compost methods: windrows, rotary drums, and forced aeration systems.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 47-49
  • Serial:
    • TR News
    • Issue Number: 302
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0738-6826
  • Publication flags:

    Open Access (libre)

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01599033
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 12 2016 2:28PM