• Storms Hog Power (SHP) facility, Bladenboro, North Carolina

    Anaerobic Digest

    BioCycle July 2014, Vol. 55, No. 6, p. 16

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  • The 2.8 MW fuel cell covers an area the size of a tennis court. Combined with an absorption chiller, it will reach 68 percent efficiency.

    Symphony Of The Microgrid At An Urban University

    The University of California San Diego’s microgrid produces 92 percent of its annual electricity load and 95 percent of its heating and cooling load. A fuel cell powered by directed biogas is a cornerstone of the operation.

    Marsha W. Johnston
    BioCycle July 2014, Vol. 55, No. 6, p. 51

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  • Lower East Side Ecology Center’s original composting site at East River Park in 1998 (top and middle) and its largest recycling drop-off location at 6th Street and Avenue B (bottom).

    Forging Paths For New York City’s Community Composters

    Christine Datz-Romero of the Lower East Side Ecology Center became a New Yorker in 1980. A need for soil to beautify a recycling drop-off site in 1990 led to offering food scraps drop-off and composting. Part IV
    BioCycle July 2014, Vol. 55, No. 6, p. 34

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  • All of the food served at Sandwich Me In is sourced from regional farmers. Vrany tries to make as much as he can in-house to reduce food costs and waste.

    Chicago Restaurant Generates Zero Waste … Literally

    In just over two years of being in business, Sandwich Me In has not sent anything to the landfill. Nate Clark BioCycle July 2014, Vol. 55, No. 6, p. 28 From the time Justin Vrany opened the doors of Sandwich Me In in Chicago in May 2012, he set out to be different than any Read the full story >

     
  • State Of Composting In The U.S.

    State Of Composting In The U.S.

    New report reviews composting basics, provides national and state-by-state statistics and job generation data, summarizes model programs, technologies and systems, and concludes with recommendations on how to grow composting in the U.S.
    Brenda Platt and Nora Goldstein
    BioCycle July 2014, Vol. 55, No. 6, p. 19

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  • The first phase of the commercial organics food-only policy at the Metro Central Transfer Station goes into effect in November with restrictions on loads containing regular and waxed cardboard.

    Agency Shifts To Food-Only Commercial Organics

    A ruling that prohibited an area composting facility from receiving commercial food waste commingled with soiled paper, corrugated and compostable products ultimately led to new policy. Katrina Mendrey BioCycle July 2014, Vol. 55, No. 6, p. 30 Metro, the regional government in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area, recently made a difficult decision. After nine years Read the full story >

     
  • Figure 1. Contact water monitoring system

    Adding SSO To Yard Trimmings Composting Operations

    The first phase of research at a Minnesota composting site suggests that environmental risk to groundwater is relatively low from addition of source separated organics. Part I
    Ginny Black and Marcus Zbinden
    BioCycle July 2014, Vol. 55, No. 6, p. 41

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  • Perkins’ Food Waste Lifter slides the cart straight up over the loading edge of the container. This keeps the tilting pivot close to the cart’s center of gravity, creating a constricted rotating arc and avoiding spillage.

    Food Waste Collection Innovations

    Source separating food waste for diversion to composting and anaerobic digestion is in full swing, leading to innovations in equipment to service the programs.
    Nora Goldstein
    BioCycle July 2014, Vol. 55, No. 6, p. 46

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  • Magic Dirt is blended with natural recycled materials and packaged in one cubic foot bags that are currently sold in Idaho and parts of several other Western states.

    Digested Dairy Manure To High-End Potting Soil

    An anaerobic digester development company launched a bagged potting soil product to utilize digested dairy manure fibers and improve long-term success of facilities.
    Nora Goldstein
    BioCycle July 2014, Vol. 55, No. 6, p. 48

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  • Wastequip Grease Vault lid

    Equipment News

    BioCycle July 2014, Vol. 55, No. 6, p. 56

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