Dairy Digester Opens Doors On Maryland Farm
The covered lagoon digester has a capacity of 680,000 gallons. It treats dairy manure in addition to food wastes, such as chicken and meatball fat and ice cream waste.

The Kilby family in northeastern Maryland operates a dairy farm, ice cream and milk processing plant, ice cream parlor — and an anaerobic digester.
Stephanie Lansing and Nora Goldstein
BioCycle September 2014, Vol. 55, No. 8, p. 66

The Time Is Ripe For Food Recovery
Philabundance, a large regional food bank serving the Philadelphia (PA) region, holds “Fresh For All” distribution events each week to distribute fresh produce to those in need.

Assessment of environmental benefits and efficiency of local and regional food donation events shows big win for all participants. The challenge is how to grow the ranks of surplus food donors.
Steven M. Finn, Tom O’Donnell and Matthew Walls
BioCycle September 2014, Vol. 55, No. 8, p. 42

Advancing Organics Recycling On The East Coast
Demo plots have been installed on the Turf Valley Country Club grounds (adjacent to Conference hotel) to compare standard treatment for turf establishment to “suburban subsoiling” via decompaction and compost amendment. Inset image features core sample of soil prior to treatment.

Tweet Meeting demand for organics processing infrastructure, building climate-resilient communities and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay watershed are hot topics for discussion at BioCycle East Coast Conference 2014. Nora Goldstein BioCycle September 2014, Vol. 55, No. 8, p. 28 BioCycle East Coast Conference 2014 — October 27-30 at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City,

Volunteers, Master Composters At Core Of Organics Diversion
Cayuga Compost services the totes and composts the festival food scraps and compostable serviceware. Starting in 2015, the facility will not accept compostable utensils as they aren’t breaking down in its windrow system.

The Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival draws about 20,000 people to the 4-day event. Compost Crew volunteers, many of them Master Composters, run the organics diversion program.
Claire Siegrist and Dori Chandler
BioCycle September 2014, Vol. 55, No. 8, p. 83

 

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Music Festivals Keep Beat With Composting
Volunteers manually sift through each waste stream at a rudimentary sorting station to remove cross-contamination (inset). Compostable plates, cups and utensils are used at Bonnaroo (shown at composting farm). Vendors are provided purchasing guidelines set forth by the festival.

This year’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts festival, attended by over 80,000 people, generated 120 tons of compostable material being processed on-site.
Stephanie Katsaros
BioCycle September 2014, Vol. 55, No. 8, p. 80

Urban Composting Born Out Of U.S. – Mexico Collaboration
Municipal yard trimmings were chipped in a hand-fed chipper/shredder and windrows were turned by hand during the pilot-scale composting project at the Tijuana Urban Compost Center.

A 3 tons per week pilot project in Tijuana, Mexico illustrated the potential of composting, and is a critical step to protecting a watershed shared with San Diego.
Rich Flammer
BioCycle September 2014, Vol. 55, No. 8, p. 78

Food Waste Collection Companies Grow With The Flow
E.O.M.S. has over 300 food waste collection accounts. Customers use 64-gallon carts and/or 2- and 4-cubic yard containers (inset).

Interviews with haulers yield valuable insights into how to successfully set up and run dedicated organics collection routes.
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle September 2014, Vol. 55, No. 8, p. 70

Breaking Down Renewable Natural Gas Injection Barriers
Figure 1. U.S. sources of methane emissions

Although cleaned and conditioned biogas is indistinguishable from fossil-based natural gas, barriers for injecting it into the natural gas pipeline network persist.
Marsha W. Johnston
BioCycle September 2014, Vol. 55, No. 8, p. 60

 

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Federal Biogas Opportunities Roadmap
A lack of consolidated financial and technical data for the biogas industry made it difficult to tabulate the economic and environmental benefits from anaerobic digesters not located on farms or at wastewater treatment plants.

Roadmap identifies existing federal programs and funding that can increase use of biogas systems to reduce methane emissions and generate energy and fuels.
Patrick Serfass
BioCycle September 2014, Vol. 55, No. 8, p. 54

Understanding The Chemistry Of Compost Contact Water
Figure 1. Current and closed compost sites at Arboretum

Research study analyzed ground water coming into contact with active composting piles — both yard trimmings only and yard trimmings with food waste and paper. Part II
Ginny Black and Marcus Zbinden
BioCycle September 2014, Vol. 55, No. 8, p. 48

 

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10 Trends In The Compost Marketplace
Howard County is running a residential source separated organics collection pilot, and composting materials at its Alpha Ridge Landfill site (feedstock materials grinding shown here).

Veteran compost marketer highlights trends that have helped to shape the expanding marketplace for compost.
Ron Alexander
BioCycle September 2014, Vol. 55, No. 8, p. 32

State Coalition Advances Food Scraps Diversion
Food scraps unloaded at Land and Lakes’ source separated organics composting facility in Chicago.

Illinois Food Scrap Coalition is focusing first on commercial collection programs to provide volume of food scraps necessary to promote route density for the haulers and foster growth of additional processing facilities.
Jennifer Jarland
BioCycle September 2014, Vol. 55, No. 8, p. 37

 

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Connections: A Better WARM
Sally Brown

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BioCycle September 2014, Vol. 55, No. 8, p. 85

Equipment News
Yuengling Brewery's 2G CENERGY cogeneration power plant.

BioCycle September 2014, Vol. 55, No. 8, p. 88

Anaerobic Digest
Geomembrane Technologies Inc. (GTI) installed a floating gas collection cover over the complete 4-acre surface of the Tulare, California's digester.

BioCycle September 2014, Vol. 55, No. 8, p. 20

BioCycle World
Filtrexx's Student Design Competition at the 14th Annual Meeting of the American Ecological Engineering Society.

BioCycle September 2014, Vol. 55, No. 8, p. 8

Composting Roundup
Real Food Farm, in Baltimore, supports a community composting program by accepting food scraps and yard trimmings from residents.

BioCycle September 2014, Vol. 55, No. 8, p. 14

Editorial: Capacity Crunch
Nora Goldstein, Editor, BioCycle

Nora Goldstein
BioCycle September 2014, Vol. 55, No. 8, p. 4