Franciosi Named USCC Executive Director
Frank Franciosi, Executive Director, US Composting Council

The US Composting Council (USCC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Frank Franciosi, a composting industry leader and business executive, to the leadership position of Executive Director of the USCC and its sister foundation, the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation.

2015 Recipients Of The Jerome Goldstein Scholarship Fund For EcoEntrepreneuring
2015 Recipients of the Jerome Goldstein Scholarship Fund For EcoEntrepreneuring

The 2015 recipients of the Jerome Goldstein Scholarship Fund For EcoEntrepreneuring presented their research findings at the Rutgers University EcoComplex in Bordentown, New Jersey on August 31, 2015.

BIOCYCLE REFOR15: Agenda & Keynote Speakers Announced
BioCycle REFOR15 Conference: Kerynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers:
• Curt Spalding
Administrator U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New England Region
• Martin Suuberg
Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP)
• Mary G. Powell
Chief Executive Officer, Green Mountain Power

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BioCycle Sponsors 2015 Food Recovery Summit
Food Recovery Summit

BioCycle is pleased to announce its sponsorship of The Southeast Recycling Development Council’s (SERDC) 2015 Food Recovery Summit.

Requests For Proposals: City of Phoenix & Anne Arundel County, MD
City of Phoenix, Anne Arundel County

• Business Opportunities With City of Phoenix — CFI and RFP Released
• Maryland County Requests Of Interest

Register for BioCycle West Coast Conference 2015
BioCycle West Coast Conference 2015

Monday, April 13: Preconference Workshops | Tuesday, April 14: Sessions, Exhibits
Wednesday, April 15: Sessions, Exhibits | Thursday, April 16: Site Tours

Grant Opportunities: Community Composting In New York, Zero Waste In San Francisco
Fifth Street Farm Project (top) and Yellow Hook CSA (bottom)

Citizens Committee for New York City, in partnership with the Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and her Solid Waste Advisory Board are awarding up to $30,000.
San Francisco Department of the Environment (SFE) announced grant request-for-proposals in the amount of $860,000.

Gresham, Oregon Wastewater Treatment Plant Hits Net-Zero Energy
Gresham net zero energy from biogas

The City of Gresham Wastewater Treatment Plant (water resource recovery facility) achieved its first net-zero energy consumption day on February 12, 2015.

Water Environment Research Foundation Codigestion Survey

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Hazen and Sawyer, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants and Carollo Engineers have collaborated to develop a common survey to obtain information for three separate research projects related to codigestion of high strength wastes.

US Composting Council Announces Election Results

The US Composting Council announced election results for the 2015 Board Of Directors on December 2, 2014.

State Orders Closure Of Peninsula Compost Facility
Wilmington Organics Recycling Center (WORC), circa 2010 Photo courtesy of WORC

On October 20, David Small, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), issued a Secretary’s Order to Peninsula Compost Company LLC of Wilmington requiring closure of its organics recycling facility.

California’s New Laws To Accelerate Organics Recycling
California’s new yard waste and food waste diversion laws

On September 28, California Governor Jerry Brown signed two landmark pieces of legislation that will lead to significant increases in the amount of organic wastes available for composting and anaerobic digestion.

South San Francisco Company To Turn Food Waste Into Fuel For Collection Fleet
Ribbon cutting ceremony for Scavenger Company, Inc.'s new dry anaerobic digester.

Scavenger Company Inc. uses anaerobic digestion to generate clean-burning compressed natural gas.

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Central America Coffee Growers Generate Biogas To Fuel Facilities And Kitchen Stoves

The Energy from Coffee Wastewater project has been implemented in a range of differently sized farms in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

2014 Recipients Of The Jerome Goldstein Scholarship Fund For EcoEntrepreneuring

The 2014 recipients of the Jerome Goldstein Scholarship Fund For EcoEntrepreneuring presented their research findings at the Rutgers University EcoComplex in Bordentown, New Jersey on August 25, 2014.

Announcing BioCycle’s Cultivating Community Composting 2014 Forum
BioCycle Community Composting Workshop 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Baltimore, MD
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Pennsylvania PUC Proposal Jeopardizes Farm Digester Use Of Net Metering — Comments due by 9/3/14
anaerobic digester, on farm, renewable energy, manure, food waste

A proposal by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PA PUC) — Docket L-2014-2404361 “Proposed Net Metering Changes” — would limit the amount of excess energy a farm can sell to utilities through net metering.

Colleges And Universities Invited To Compete In GameDay Recycling Challenge

GameDay Recycling Challenge invites colleges and universities across the nation to compete to see which school will produce the least amount of waste in their stadiums and tailgate areas this college football season.

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RFP For Clean Air Technologies In San Joaquin, California
San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District

Request For Proposal (RFP) for “$4 million to advance the development and to accelerate the deployment of clean air technologies …”

Call For Papers — BioCycle East Coast Conference 2014

BioCycle East Coast 2014 will cover all facets of organics recycling — organics separation and collection, composting and anaerobic digestion, compost and biogas utilization and markets, technologies and systems — for the municipal, commercial, institutional, agricultural and industry sectors.

Deadline Extended For CalRecycle’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Organics Grant Program

Applicants have an additional 4 weeks …

Why Food Only In Portland, Oregon?

The short answer: Excessive contamination in the collected organics from the commercial food scraps composting program combined with challenges of nonfood items at one of Metro’s selected processing facilities.

White Castle Doubles Food Scraps Diversion Rate From Columbus-Area Stores
White Castle food composting

On Earth Day 2014, White Castle announced that in the last year, they have expanded food scraps diversion programs to 16 Columbus, Ohio-area restaurants and plants in Vandalia and Cincinnati, Ohio, doubling their diversion rate to almost 10 tons of food scraps per month.

BioCycle March-April Double Issue
BioCycle March-April Issue, 2014 Double Issue

BioCycle will publish a double issue, March-April, to be mailed March 25. This is the official Conference issue of BioCycle REFOR14 West. The following issue, May, will be in the mail about May 19. A total of 11 issues will be published in 2014.

AgSTAR 2014 National Workshop is at BIOCYCLE REFOR14 WEST
US EPA AgSTAR 2014 National Workshop

Learn more about this Workshop
Learn more about BIOCYCLE REFOR14 WEST

2014 PA Recycling Markets Development Summit
Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center

The 2014 PA Recycling Markets Development Summit will be held on February 20, 2014, 9:30 AM to 3 PM in Philadelphia.

Patrick Administration Finalizes Commercial Food Waste Disposal Ban
Massachusetts Food Waste Ban

The Patrick Administration announced final statewide commercial food waste disposal ban regulations to take effect on October 1, 2014. The ban will divert food waste to energy-generating and composting facilities and reduce the Commonwealth’s waste stream.

New NYC Food Waste Recycling Law Will Have A National Impact, Say American Biogas And Composting Groups
American Biogas Council, US Composting Council

“NYC’s extraordinary action will be a shot of adrenaline to the growing biogas and compost industries which are ready, able and willing to manage organic wastes as a resource …”

Product Policy Institute Becomes UPSTREAM

After ten years as PPI, leading environmental organization changes brand to engage broader audiences

Comment Now On Renewable Fuel Standard 2014 Targets
2014 EPA Renewable Fuel Standards

The American Biogas Council (ABC), based in Washington, DC, issued an Alert to submit comments on the U.S. EPA’s 2014 renewable fuel targets.

Celebrate World Soil Day, December 5, 2013
World Soil Health Day

In honor of World Soil Day on December 5, 2013, BioCycle shares Jerry Goldstein’s thoughts from 1975…

BioCycle Editor Nora Goldstein Receives American Biogas Council’s Visionary Award
Nora Goldstein BioCycle American Biogas Council Visonary Award

Two ABC Visionary Awards were presented at BioCycle REFOR13 Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash
Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash

Review by Neil Seldman

Cultivating Community Composting Forum
Cultivating Community Compost

A one-day event for community composters, urban farmers and community gardeners to learn, network and grow.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Columbus, Ohio

American Biogas Council, US Composting Council & MassRecycle Join In Support of Massachusetts Organics Ban
Massachusetts Food Waste Ban

Composting and anaerobic digestion industry poised to expand in Massachusetts as consequence of proposed ban on disposing organic materials.



Massachusetts Formally Proposes Commercial Food Waste Ban
Massachusetts Food Waste Ban

The long-anticipated ban on disposal of commercial food waste — along with funding to support anaerobic digestion (AD) — was formally announced on July 10.

Why New York City Community Composters Are Critical To City-Wide Implementation
New York City Food Waste & Community Composting

We welcome your thoughts on this emerging discourse about how the largest city in the U.S. can divert residential food waste from disposal …

How To Hit Pay Dirt*
Institute For Local Self-Reliance

A new report released on May 8 by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) — “Pay Dirt: Composting in Maryland to Reduce Waste, Create Jobs, & Protect the Bay” — found that 1,400 new full-time jobs could be supported in the state of Maryland for every million tons of yard trimmings and food scraps converted into compost that is used locally.

SMUD Seeks RSOI For Development Of Dairy Digesters

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is seeking Requests for Statements of Interest (RSOI) for active involvement in the development of dairy anaerobic digestion (AD) project(s) in Sacramento County, California.

REFOR13: Call For Papers
REFOR13, BioCycle Renewable Energy From Organics Recycling Conference

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BioCycle’s 13th Annual Conference
Renewable Energy From Organics Recycling 2013 (REFOR13)
October 20-23, 2013, Columbus, Ohio

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USCC Announces Lori Scozzafava As New Executive Director

The United States Composting Council (USCC) is pleased to announce Lori Scozzafava as its new Executive Director. Ms. Scozzafava is a highly experienced association executive who has been involved in solid waste management for over 25 years.

Million Tomato Compost Campaign

The US Composting Council celebrated Earth Day on Good Morning America and planted some of the many tomatoes that will be planted with the Million Tomato Compost Campaign.

Los Angeles Organics Waste Processing RFP
City of Los Angeles Organics Waste Processing RFP

The Los Angeles Business Assistance Virtual Network (BAVN) has posted a newly-opened Request for Proposals from experienced contractors to provide receipt, processing, and reuse of green material, food material, and horse manure collected from the City of Los Angeles curbside collection program.

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Breaking News: RFP Issued For Regional Organic Waste Digester
Regional Organic Waste Digester Locator, Eureka, California

The Humboldt Waste Management Authority (HWMA) in Eureka, California released its request for proposals (RFP) soliciting professional design services for the development, installation, start-up and commissioning of an anaerobic digestion system. All interested parties must register for the mandatory Pre-Proposal Net Meeting by 5:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time on September 26, 2012.

Breaking News: Ohio State University Expands Organics Recycling
Ohio State University Expands Organics Recycling

Since February 2010, The Ohio State University Sustainability Coordinator Corey Hawkey has worked to expand and enhance the institution’s recycling program.

BioCycle Renewable Energy Conference: Anaerobic Digestion | Biogas Markets | Manure | Food Waste | Composting | Biofuels

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NRDC Report: 40% of Food Produced In U.S. Goes Uneaten — Most Is Thrown Away
Food Waste

Reducing the amount of food America wastes is critical. Equally critical is capturing the food that is wasted to build healthy soils and generate renewable energy. How?

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Yet Another Persistent Herbicide Found In Vermont Horse Manure, Commercial Feed And Compost
Persistent Herbicide Horse

Active ingredient in recalled DuPont product Imprelis, detected in samples taken across the state.

BioCycle Breaking News:
High Levels Of Clopyralid Found In Commercial Horse Feed
Photo courtesy of Washington State University Extension

Updated August 10, 2012 with response from Land O’Lakes Purina Feed.

Vermont composting facility reports four samples of off-the-shelf Purina horse feed it had tested for clopyralid indicate the presence of the herbicide at levels between 142 ppb and 465 ppb (.142-.465 ppm).