Compostable Cutlery Disintegration Trials
Figure 1. Green Mountain Compost cutlery degradation data

Nine brands of cutlery marketed as compostable were put through a degradation test at a Vermont composting facility that utilizes the aerated static pile method.
Nate Clark
BioCycle December 2014, Vol. 55, No. 11, p. 25

Wastewater Treatment Plant In Compliance — And Off The Grid
A biomass equalization tank is used to mix the treatment plant solids with other substrates, such as food waste, prior to loading into the digesters.

Partnership between the City of Wooster, Ohio and an anaerobic digester developer to retrofit WWTP solids handling is already yielding positive results.
Marsha Johnston
BioCycle December 2014, Vol. 55, No. 11, p. 35

Composter Brings On Residential Food Scraps Stream
The mass bed is turned a minimum of every 7 days with a Vermeer elevating face compost turner.

Eight months into processing curbside collected source separated organics from the City of Seattle, Lenz Enterprises’ strategy for contaminant removal is effective.
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle December 2014, Vol. 55, No. 11, p. 20

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Composting, Zero Waste On NYC’s Governors Island
Volunteers assist with mixing foods scraps from New York City’s Greenmarkets with an equal amount of preblended carbon amendment to create an aerated static pile. Earth Matter NY cofounder Marisa DeDominicis in on right.

Earth Matter NY, located on Governors Island in New York Harbor, operates a Compost Learning Center, training programs, zero waste initiatives and a community composting site. Part V
BioCycle October 2014, Vol. 55, No. 9, p. 35

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BioCycle Equipment & Systems Directory 2014
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A guide to equipment and services for the composting, anaerobic digestion and organics recycling industries.

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

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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.