Editorial: Salute To A Vision
Jerome Goldstein, Founding Publisher, BioCycle

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Nora Goldstein
May 8 would have been Jerome Goldstein’s 84th birthday. For those not familiar with our history, Jerry founded BioCycle in 1960 …

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Composting Roundup
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Anaerobic Digest
Anaerobic_Digest

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Food Scraps Composting At County Yard Trimmings Site
Food scraps, some arriving in compostable bags (top photo), are unloaded onto a bed of mulch, then mixed in with a front-end loader.

Prince George’s County, Maryland began a food scraps composting pilot using a covered composting system, and is processing about 125 tons/month.
Nora Goldstein
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Calculating Costs Of Organics Processing
Figure 1. Equipment cost model

An understanding of what equipment costs to operate — by calculating machine rates — is part of sound financial management of an organics processing facility.
Craig Coker
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Building A Composting Niche
Amendments are placed in a truck-mounted vertical mixer, which is driven to GNP Company to collect the solids.

Mississippi Topsoils, Inc. in Minnesota has built its expertise and product markets around composting poultry solids and woody materials.
Dan Emerson
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Composting Pilot Expands In North Carolina School District
The county provides schools with 64-gallon green Toter collection containers, posters and other educational material. Foods scraps, soiled paper and napkins can be included.

About 25 schools are participating in a separation and composting pilot in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system, where 164 schools generate about 72 tons/week of food scraps.
Ryan Cooper
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Growing A Composting Company 
Earth Farms’ compost (being screened above) is certified by the USCC’s Seal of Testing Assurance.

Earth Farms Organics was born out of seeking a better solution to manage grease trap solids. Today, about 70,000 tons/year of food scraps, FOG and wood chips are processed.
Ryan Cooper
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Anaerobic Digestion In The UK — 2015 Update
Over 90 food waste AD facilities are in operation in the United Kingdom, such as the one near Bridgwater, England (shown above during construction), with many more in the pipeline.

The state of the AD industry in the United Kingdom is dynamic but the potential for further growth is huge, according to the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association.
Charlotte Morton
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Insights Into Biogas Project Financing
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Recent American Biogas Council webinar focused on tools and strategies to raise capital for anaerobic digestion facilities targeting food waste feedstocks.
Marsha Johnston
BioCycle May 2015, Vol. 56, No. 4, p. 46

 

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On The Road To Power Positive Wastewater Treatment
Construction of a $3 million receiving facility for food waste and other high strength organics was completed in January (left). Biogas from the AD tanks is directed to a gas storage membrane system (right).

Claire Siegrist
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Connections: Water Jobs
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Sally Brown
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Commentary: Biosolids: A Sustainable Nutrient Solution?
William E. Toffey

William E. Toffey
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Equipment News
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