Anaerobic Digest
Storms Hog Power (SHP) facility, Bladenboro, North Carolina

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Symphony Of The Microgrid At An Urban University
The 2.8 MW fuel cell covers an area the size of a tennis court. Combined with an absorption chiller, it will reach 68 percent efficiency.

The University of California San Diego’s microgrid produces 92 percent of its annual electricity load and 95 percent of its heating and cooling load. A fuel cell powered by directed biogas is a cornerstone of the operation.

Marsha W. Johnston
BioCycle July 2014, Vol. 55, No. 6, p. 51

Forging Paths For New York City’s Community Composters
Lower East Side Ecology Center’s original composting site at East River Park in 1998 (top and middle) and its largest recycling drop-off location at 6th Street and Avenue B (bottom).

Christine Datz-Romero of the Lower East Side Ecology Center became a New Yorker in 1980. A need for soil to beautify a recycling drop-off site in 1990 led to offering food scraps drop-off and composting. Part IV
BioCycle July 2014, Vol. 55, No. 6, p. 34

Chicago Restaurant Generates Zero Waste … Literally
All of the food served at Sandwich Me In is sourced from regional farmers. Vrany tries to make as much as he can in-house to reduce food costs and waste.

Tweet In just over two years of being in business, Sandwich Me In has not sent anything to the landfill. Nate Clark BioCycle July 2014, Vol. 55, No. 6, p. 28 From the time Justin Vrany opened the doors of Sandwich Me In in Chicago in May 2012, he set out to be different than

State Of Composting In The U.S.
State Of Composting In The U.S.

New report reviews composting basics, provides national and state-by-state statistics and job generation data, summarizes model programs, technologies and systems, and concludes with recommendations on how to grow composting in the U.S.
Brenda Platt and Nora Goldstein
BioCycle July 2014, Vol. 55, No. 6, p. 19

Agency Shifts To Food-Only Commercial Organics
The first phase of the commercial organics food-only policy at the Metro Central Transfer Station goes into effect in November with restrictions on loads containing regular and waxed cardboard.

TweetA ruling that prohibited an area composting facility from receiving commercial food waste commingled with soiled paper, corrugated and compostable products ultimately led to new policy. Katrina Mendrey BioCycle July 2014, Vol. 55, No. 6, p. 30 Metro, the regional government in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area, recently made a difficult decision. After nine years……

 

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Adding SSO To Yard Trimmings Composting Operations
Figure 1. Contact water monitoring system

The first phase of research at a Minnesota composting site suggests that environmental risk to groundwater is relatively low from addition of source separated organics. Part I
Ginny Black and Marcus Zbinden
BioCycle July 2014, Vol. 55, No. 6, p. 41

 

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Food Waste Collection Innovations
Perkins’ Food Waste Lifter slides the cart straight up over the loading edge of the container. This keeps the tilting pivot close to the cart’s center of gravity, creating a constricted rotating arc and avoiding spillage.

Source separating food waste for diversion to composting and anaerobic digestion is in full swing, leading to innovations in equipment to service the programs.
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle July 2014, Vol. 55, No. 6, p. 46

Digested Dairy Manure To High-End Potting Soil
Magic Dirt is blended with natural recycled materials and packaged in one cubic foot bags that are currently sold in Idaho and parts of several other Western states.

An anaerobic digester development company launched a bagged potting soil product to utilize digested dairy manure fibers and improve long-term success of facilities.
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle July 2014, Vol. 55, No. 6, p. 48

Equipment News
Wastequip Grease Vault lid

BioCycle July 2014, Vol. 55, No. 6, p. 56

BioCycle World
Massachusetts Commercial Food Waste Vendor Fair

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Connections: Good Habits
Sally Brown

Sally Brown
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Composting Roundup
Lehigh University students GR2OW project (Green Resource Recovery of Waste)

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Editorial: Getting It Right
Nora Goldstein, Editor, BioCycle

Nora Goldstein
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