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Ms. Jean F. Bonhotal

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Senior Extension Associate,

Phone: (607) ***-****  
Cornell University
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca , New York 14850
United States

Company Description: Founded in 1865, Cornell is a leading private institution of higher learning located in Ithaca, New York. Approximately 20,000 students from 120 countries enroll in...   more

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Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • solid waste education
    Cornell Waste Management Institute
  • A.A.S. , Natural Resources
    SUNY Morrisville
  • M.S. degree , Education and Communication
    SUNY Binghamton
  • B.S. , Biology
    Utah State University
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Jean Bonhotal - Associate ..., 1 April 2014 [cached]
Jean Bonhotal - Associate Director, Cornell Waste Management Institute
Road-kill deer get mulched as U.S. states turn to composting ·, 9 Feb 2015 [cached]
Dragging the carcasses into nearby bushes or dropping them into pits can pollute groundwater, said Jean Bonhotal, director of the Waste Management Institute at New York's Cornell University.
Virginia, the No. 5 U.S. state for deer-vehicle collisions, is among the few states where composting is a new tool for highway officials faced with cleaning up after deer-vehicle collisions while also reducing the load on landfills.
Virginia had been spending some $4.1 million a year to dispose of road-kill carcasses, with much of the cost going for landfill fees, according to the state Transportation Department.
Its new $140,000 system began operating at the highway yard in southeastern Virginia at the start of December. The program was developed by North Carolina's Advanced Composting Technologies for farm carcasses and tailored for Virginia.
"Environmentally, it's the best way to dispose of the animals," said Cornell's Bonhotal.
She said only a few states were composting road-kill, including New Jersey and New York along its state-run Thruway. Western states have avoided composting out of fear of spreading chronic wasting disease, the deer equivalent of mad cow disease and most commonly found in western mountains, Bonhotal said.
A survey of 23 states by the American Association of State Highway and Traffic Officials found that four compost road-kill, though mostly in scattered sites. Composting is also encouraged by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
With composting, "a 1,200-pound (540-kg) cow will disappear in three months, except for bones," Bonhotal said.
@griculture Online - News - Composting solves problem of 'downer' disposal [cached]
"The heat generated by thermophilic composting, 130 -160 degrees Fahrenheit, reduces most pathogens entering the compost pile," says Jean Bonhotal, the Waste Management Institute researcher who studied natural rendering and produced a set of printed and videotaped instructions."But we doubt that composting destroys the prions associated with mad cow disease, so we emphasize this important exception: Animals showing signs of neurological disease must be reported to authorities and disposed of in the manner they recommend."
Otherwise, livestock that are composted with the approved technique - placed on a bed of wood chips and completely covered with high-carbon material such as sawdust or silage and more wood chips - are reduced to clean bones in four to six months and to a usable soil amendment in a year.The same technique works with butcher "residuals," the 60 percent of slaughtered livestock that is not salable meat, according to Bonhotal.
"Most people don't realize that composting is a legal and acceptable way of disposing of these materials," Bonhotal says."Composting of dead livestock can be accomplished in compliance with environmental regulations in most states," she adds.
Composting conquers whale of a problem
Here's an example of how well the process works: A 300,000-pound right whale that died off the coast of New Jersey was obtained by a museum, trucked to Ithaca and covered with horse manure.After 12 months the compost pile was opened by museum workers, who separated bones from composted soil and assembled the whale skeleton for display at the Paleontological Research Institution's Museum of the Earth.
"If natural rendering works on a 15-ton whale, it won't have a problem with a 1,200 pound steer," Bonhotal says.
Even before the December 30, 2003, order by USDA Secretary Ann Veneman banning downer cattle from the human food supply, dealing with the estimated 150,000 disabled animals a year in the United States was becoming problematic, Bonhotal notes.Sending downer cattle to rendering plants had become more costly because of declines in price and demand for hides, tallow, bone meal and other commodities produced from carcasses.
Some rendering plants closed altogether and others hiked the fees to pick up carcasses from farms, while more farmers resorted to burying carcasses in shallow pits or leaving them to decay above ground.Either of those disposal practices can endanger the health of domestic livestock, wildlife and pets, Bonhotal observes, while run-off can contaminate nearby water sources.
Jean Bonhotal, Director, ..., 5 Oct 2014 [cached]
Jean Bonhotal, Director, Cornell University
Board Of Advisors, 1 Aug 2012 [cached]
Jean Bonhotal Technical Advisor
Jean Bonhotal is an Associate Director at Cornell Waste Management Institute. She has worked at the Cornell Waste Management Institute in solid waste education for over 20 years, first working for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Broome County, then for Cornell Waste Management Institute. For the last ten years, Ms. Bonhotal has been working on composting feedstock from food waste to manure to animal carcasses. Currently her time is split between manure, carcass and butcher waste composting, education and research. Prior to joining Cornell Waste Management Institute, Ms. Bonhotal worked with different agencies including US Forest and National Park Service, US EPA, NYS DEC and the landscape and greenhouse industry. She received an M.S. degree in Education and Communication from SUNY Binghamton in 1991, a B.S. in Biology from Utah State University in 1984 and an A.A.S. in Natural Resources from SUNY Morrisville. She has published and lectured extensively on organics recycling and is a frequent speaker at industry events.
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