Rolling Out A Statewide Organics Ban
The largest generators of food scraps (>104 tons/year) must start separating them on July 1, 2014 if there is a permitted composting facility within 20 miles to receive them. Green Mountain Compost in Williston, Vermont, a municipally-funded operation, is permitted to take food scraps.

Vermont’s Act 148 makes state first in the nation to mandate residential food scraps recycling and pay-as-you-throw solid waste collection to incentivize diversion.
Robert Spencer
BioCycle March/April 2014, Vol. 55, No. 3, p. 82

Entrepreneurs See Opportunity In Food Scraps Collection
Ty Schmidt (middle), with sons Carter (left) and Jameson (right), work together to collect food scraps from their customers. Carter’s Compost employs the services of Jameson and three other kids in Traverse City to “sling buckets” and assist their neighbors in diverting food scraps from disposal. Photo by Beth Price

Interviews with four small-scale collection services offer insights into innovative residential and commercial food scraps diversion.
Nate Clark
BioCycle March/April 2014, Vol. 55, No. 3, p. 71

Codigestion In Central Florida
The codigestion facility includes a mixing tank, two complete mix anaerobic digesters operated in parallel, and a post digestion tank with a biogas holder mounted to the top (seen at right).

New digester in the Orlando region processes 130,000 tons/year of biosolids, fats, oils, grease and food waste,

producing power, a Class AA granular fertilizer and phosphorous-rich struvite.
Meredith Sorensen
BioCycle March/April 2014, Vol. 55, No. 3, p. 48

Food Recovery In San Diego
With 14.8 percent of the San Diego region in the food insecure individuals category, increasing food donation is an integral part of the city’s organics program.

Source reduction, diverting for reuse and composting are the best combined practices for food scraps management. This article highlights food donation potential in the City of San Diego.
Ana Carvalho
BioCycle March 2013, Vol. 54, No. 3, p. 33

Residential Food Waste Collection In The U.S. — BioCycle Nationwide Survey
U.S. Food waste collection programs by number of municipalities and number of households

Growth of residential food waste collection in the U.S. is steady, with existing programs seeking to increase household participation.
Rhodes Yepsen
BioCycle March 2013, Vol. 54, No. 3, p. 23

This expanded online version included expanded tables with additional program details as well as additional information about municipal programs.

 

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Next Frontier Of Organics Recycling In California
The Clean World anaerobic digester installation at the South Area Transfer Station in Sacramento is designed to process 100 tons/day of source separated organics.

To achieve its 75 percent goal, CalRecycle estimates California will need to move about
22 million more tons of organics and other recyclables from disposal to recycling annually.
Caroll Mortensen
BioCycle March 2013, Vol. 54, No. 3, p. 29

Food Waste Diversion In Heart Of Manhattan
Workers separate recyclable wood boxes and food waste on the tipping floor at the Royal Waste facility in Queens.

The Durst Organization’s 54-story, LEED Platinum Bank of America Tower sorts organics as well as traditional recyclables.
Diane Greer
BioCycle June 2012, Vol. 53, No. 6, p. 17

Depackaging Organics To Produce Energy
Depackaging equipment for recovering organics is designed to deal with a variety of materials from plastic wrapping and containers, to wax-coated cardboard and even metal cans and glass bottles.

Systems designed to separate packaging from its contents — in this case food and liquids — are being installed at facilities in the U.S. and Canada.
Dan Sullivan
BioCycle June 2012, Vol. 53, No. 6, p. 42

Building Solutions For Composting, Anaerobic Digestion
The Green Lane Energy anaerobic digester under construction near Junction City, Oregon is using a fabric structure to house its materials receiving and preprocessing operations. Supplied by Legacy Building Solutions, it incorporates structural steel beams.

From feedstock receiving and mixing to finished product storage, organics recycling facilities are investing in fully and partially enclosed structures.
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle June 2012, Vol. 53, No. 6, p. 30

Renewable Energy Solution For Cheese Producer
Montchevré anaerobic digestion system, renewable energy, Wisconsin dairy

Rising costs and challenges of land application lead Wisconsin goat cheese producer to install a complete mix anaerobic digestion system to treat high strength wastewater.
Diane Greer
BioCycle May 2012, Vol. 53, No. 5, p. 38

Managing Odors In Organics Recycling
Round fruits and vegetables composting

BioCycle April 2012, Vol. 53, No. 4, p. 25
New series looks at odor management during composting and anaerobic digestion. First article explores how odors are created, odor sources and regulatory considerations. Part I
Craig Coker

Serving Up Sustainable Food Service Options
Sodexo elliminates food waste

BioCycle April 2012, Vol. 53, No. 4, p. 32
As a growing number of clients seek to become more environmentally friendly, purveyors of dining services compete to meet their needs.

California’s Emerging Carbon Market
California Carbon Credit Prices1

BioCycle April 2012, Vol. 53, No. 4, p. 44
Starting in 2013, California will begin the nation’s most comprehensive cap-and-trade program. Dairy and swine digester projects anywhere in the U.S. are eligible to sell carbon credits.

26th Annual West Coast Conference 2012
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This four-day annual BioCycle event on April 16 — 19, 2012 in Portland, Oregon is at the Red Lion Hotel on the River. Conference sessions and tradeshow featuring more than 60 exhibitors are scheduled on April 17 and 18, followed by all day site tours on April 19.