A Path To Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions
Figure 1. Institutional silos

A rich array of opportunities and new infrastructure strategies offer strong and simultaneous affordability, resilience and sustainability benefits.
Rhys Roth
BioCycle March/April 2015, Vol. 56, No. 3, p. 25

Advances In Compost Heat Recovery
A “plug and play” Compost Heat Wagon, operating this winter at Vermont Compost Company, includes a high power aeration fan and an Isobar™ heat recovery system.

Two Vermont enterprises are using heat from active composting piles — up to 1 million Btus of energy per ton of material composted — in greenhouse operations this winter.
Gaelan Brown
BioCycle March/April 2015, Vol. 56, No. 3, p. 34

 

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Wasted Food Pilots Raise Consumer Awareness
King County, Washington’s display at a farmers market, which included information on how to keep the produce being purchased fresh, was popular and effective to recruit participants for its Food: Too Good To Waste (FTGTW) Challenge.

Pilot testing of the Food: Too Good To Waste toolkit in 15 communities illustrated that measuring household food waste activated participants’ natural tendency to avoid wasting.
Marsha Johnston
BioCycle March/April 2015, Vol. 56, No. 3, p. 38

Integrating Digester, Tunnel Composter In France
Figure 1. Illustration of process flow at SMET 71’s Ecocea facility

The Ecocea anaerobic digestion and composting facility is expected to process 80,500 tons/year of household waste, with biomethane fed into an industrial natural gas network.
Marsha W. Johnston
BioCycle March/April 2015, Vol. 56, No. 3, p. 42

 

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Positive Air, Biofilter Cover Layer Control Biosolids Composting Emissions
Figure 1. Example test location

An R&D project at a California facility was executed under commercial-scale operation to evaluate the “+ASPw/BFC” technology’s operational feasibility and air emissions control performance.
T. Cordova, J. Goodwin, T. Card and C.E. Schmidt
BioCycle March/April 2015, Vol. 56, No. 3, p. 49

 

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Growing A Food Scrap Composting Infrastructure In Illinois
Several composting facilities in Illinois have expanded to accept food scraps, such as St. Louis Composting’s operation in Belleville, Illinois.

Stakeholder forums, a survey of Illinois composters and extensive research by the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition have resulted in a comprehensive report that will guide increased diversion and processing capacity.
Jennifer Nelson, Jennifer Jarland and Stephanie Katsaros
BioCycle March/April 2015, Vol. 56, No. 3, p. 52

 

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Agricultural Demand For Compost In Metro Portland Region
Figure 1: Closing the loop between food production and food consumption

TweetEconomic analysis of compost supply, demand and utilization involved gathering data from various sources, including agricultural extension services, Metro and interviews with composters and farmers. Jeri Sawyer, Bonnie Gee Yosick and Erin Harwood BioCycle March/April 2015, Vol. 56, No. 3, p. 57 (This article references tables available in BioCycle Magazine in print.) How can a……

 

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Oregon WWTP’s Energy Net Zero Journey
Haulers connect to the FOG receiving station, comprised of two tanks, a FOG grinder, unload/tank mixing pump and a feed pump. Tipping fee is $.08/gallon. The plant has two 400 kW CAT engines (right).

Energy efficient digester mixers and treatment plant blowers, as well as installation of a solar array, FOG receiving system and two 400 kW CHP engines, are credited with helping to achieve energy net zero performance.
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle March/April 2015, Vol. 56, No. 3, p. 63

Food Scraps Diversion Feasibility In A Small City
Figure 2. Commercial solid waste collection containers in Rolla

A 2014 study sought to answer the question: Can diversion and composting be done cost-effectively, with minimal fiscal impact on Rolla, Missouri’s businesses and residents?
Craig Coker
BioCycle March/April 2015, Vol. 56, No. 3, p. 67

 

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Crowdfunding Collection And Composting
Compost For Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York: Raised $2,030 on ioby to build new composting bins and sifter.

More entrepreneurs and activists working to establish composting businesses and community projects are turning to crowdfunding platforms to raise needed capital.
Marsha W. Johnston
BioCycle March/April 2015, Vol. 56, No. 3, p. 72

Sowing The Seed Of Food Security
To create the urban farm, about 3-feet of wood chips were laid down on the parking lot and then raised beds were created using certified organic compost. A variety of potatoes grown in a “contained” raised bed to facilitate harvesting are shown.

Urban Canopy transformed a 2-acre junkyard in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood into a thriving urban farm — with the help of compost.
Michelle Burwell
BioCycle March/April 2015, Vol. 56, No. 3, p. 77

Editorial: On The Right Track
Nora Goldstein, Editor, BioCycle

Nora Goldstein
BioCycle March/April 2015, Vol. 56, No. 3, p. 6

BioCycle World
MGM Resorts’ 13 Las Vegas resorts diverted a total of 25,398 tons of food from landfill to compost, a 50 percent increase over 2012.

BioCycle March/April 2015, Vol. 56, No. 3. p. 10

Composting Roundup
For feedstock, Community Compost is already collecting food scraps from between 15 and 20 residential customers and 10 businesses in New Paltz, and 40 to 50 residential customers in Hoboken.

BioCycle March/April 2015, Vol. 56, No. 3. p. 16

Anaerobic Digest
The St. Landry Parish Solid Waste Disposal District installed a vehicle fueling system in 2012.

BioCycle March/April 2015, Vol. 56, No. 3, p. 22

Connections: Pride In Product
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Sally Brown
BioCycle March/April 2015, Vol. 56, No. 3, p. 84

 

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BioEnergy Outlook: Sanity Of Carbon Pricing
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Ted Niblock
BioCycle March/April 2015, Vol. 56, No. 3, p. 86

 

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Equipment News
Komptech Hurrifex

BioCycle March/April 2015, Vol. 56, No. 3, p. 88