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Editorial: What Business Are We In?
Nora Goldstein, Editor, BioCycle

Nora Goldstein
BioCycle January 2016, Vol. 57, No. 1 p. 4

BioCycle World
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BioCycle January 2016, Vol. 57, No. 1 p. 6

Composting Roundup
Zero to Go (ZTG), an education-oriented company that provides recycling and organics collection services at small (under 500 people) and large (3,000+ people) events in the Hudson Valley.

BioCycle January 2016, Vol. 57, No. 1 p.14

Anaerobic Digest
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BioCycle January 2016, Vol. 57, No. 1 p.18

Food Scraps Service For Urban Dwellers
Bootstrap Compost, Boston

Bootstrap Compost started out collecting household food scraps via bicycles and has expanded into cargo vans and commercial organics.
Dan Emerson
BioCycle January 2016, Vol. 57, No. 1 p.21

Volume-Based Measuring At Composting Facilities
An open-top truck containing materials passes under a load volume scanner, which maps a 3-D image of the load.

Scanning technology calculates volumes of inbound and outbound loads, accounting for variability in raw feedstocks and finished products.
Craig Coker
BioCycle January 2016, Vol. 57, No. 1 p.24

 

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BioCycle, The Organics Recycling Authority
Composting • Renewable Energy • Sustainability

 

Compost And The Organic Farming Connections
Figure 1. Microbial seed treatment using freeze-dried compost on cucumber shows a dose response in the rate of application when attempting to suppress Pythium damping-off.

BioCycle talks to the Rodale Institute’s new executive director and its compost production specialist about composting and compost use in organic agriculture.
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle January 2016, Vol. 57, No. 1 p.26

 

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BioCycle, The Organics Recycling Authority
Composting • Renewable Energy • Sustainability

 

Residential Food Scraps Drop Off
Residents bring food scraps to the Drop Spots, where they are collected and taken to Cayuga Compost. Tompkins County provides households a tool kit that includes a countertop kitchen caddy, a supply of compostable liners and a 6-gallon transport container.

Tompkins County, New York is utilizing Drop Spots to offer food scraps diversion to residents, an economic option enabling more household participation.
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle January 2016, Vol. 57, No. 1 p.26

 

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BioCycle, The Organics Recycling Authority
Composting • Renewable Energy • Sustainability

 

Egg Laying Operation Finds Solutions Via Composting
A Brown Bear PTO composting aerator attached to a farm tractor is used to blend the feedstocks and agitate and aerate the composting piles. Photo courtesy of Brown Bear Corp.

Baer Brothers Egg composts manure from approximately 1.2 million laying hens. In 2015, composting also took care of birds killed by the avian flu outbreak.
Dan Emerson
BioCycle January 2016, Vol. 57, No. 1 p.34

 

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BioCycle, The Organics Recycling Authority
Composting • Renewable Energy • Sustainability

 

Composting Solution To Avian Flu Mortality Management
Figure 1. Cross section of windrow

Experience in 2015 demonstrated that composting can be a viable carcass disposal option for large avian flu outbreaks, with applicability for all types of poultry operations.
Gary Flory and Bob Peer
BioCycle January 2016, Vol. 57, No. 1 p.37

Weighting Factors In Organics Recycling Facility Development
Agromin's Chino, California organics recycling facility.

Noneconomic factors of importance include proven performance at an appropriate scale, and environmental and socioeconomic impacts. In Part I, net present value factors were reviewed. Part II

 

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BioCycle, The Organics Recycling Authority
Composting • Renewable Energy • Sustainability

 

2016 Food Waste Forecast
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Those working on solving the global issue of wasted food had a big year in 2015. Will the momentum continue in 2016?
Andrew Shakman
BioCycle January 2016, Vol. 57, No. 1 p.48

Patriot Place Steps Up To State Organics Ban Compliance
Pre and postconsumer food scraps, compostable bags and PLA cups, and milk cartons are accepted in the organics stream. Waste Management (WM) supplied 96-gallon totes with a yellow body and green lid for all organics (1, on right). Totes for single-stream recyclables have a green body and yellow lid (1, on left). WM hauls organics (totes ready to be tipped into truck (2)) to the Town of Needham (MA) composting site.

A 1.3 million-square-foot shopping, dining and entertainment destination located adjacent to Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots, diverts food scraps to composting.
Marsha W. Johnston
BioCycle January 2016, Vol. 57, No. 1 p.52

 

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BioCycle, The Organics Recycling Authority
Composting • Renewable Energy • Sustainability

 

Farm Aid Plants Seeds Of Sustainability
Farm Aid’s 30th Anniversary Concert was held at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island last summer. It was the venue’s first experience collecting a compostables stream (green bin with green bag, above and at left). Farm Aid requires that all food service items coming into contact with food be compostable.

Venues hosting Farm Aid’s annual concert are required to serve food sustainably grown by local family farmers and institute organics recycling.
Stephanie Katsaros
BioCycle January 2016, Vol. 57, No. 1 p.55

 

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Composting • Renewable Energy • Sustainability

 

Biogas And The Clean Power Plan
The contribution that anaerobic digesters can make to reduce CO2 emissions while generating electricity paves the way for inclusion of these systems in each state’s Clean Power implementation plans.

American Biogas Council explains a major opportunity for anaerobic digestion and biogas in all 50 states in 2016. But action is needed.
Maureen Walsh
BioCycle January 2016, Vol. 57, No. 1 p.57

 

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Composting • Renewable Energy • Sustainability

 

Biomass-To-Electricity Tax Credits Extended
Biomass-to-electricity tax credits

The Omnibus Act passed by Congress and signed into law in December includes short extensions of production and investment tax credits for biogas-to-electricity projects.
Craig Coker
BioCycle January 2016, Vol. 57, No. 1 p.60

Connections: Bolted Lettuce
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Sally Brown
BioCycle January 2016, Vol. 57, No. 1 p.63

Equipment News
WELTEC BIOPOWER anaerobic digestion biogas plant in South Korea

BioCycle, January 2016, Vol. 57, No. 1 p. 64