• 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.

    Dairy Digester Opens Doors On Maryland Farm

    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

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  • 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.

    The Time Is Ripe For Food Recovery

    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

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  • 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.

    Advancing Organics Recycling On The East Coast

    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

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  • 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.

    Volunteers, Master Composters At Core Of Organics Diversion

    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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  • 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.

    Music Festivals Keep Beat With Composting

    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

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  • 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.

    Urban Composting Born Out Of U.S. – Mexico Collaboration

    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

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  • 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).

    Food Waste Collection Companies Grow With The Flow

    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

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  • Figure 1. U.S. sources of methane emissions

    Breaking Down Renewable Natural Gas Injection Barriers

    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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  • 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.

    Federal Biogas Opportunities Roadmap

    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

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  • Figure 1. Current and closed compost sites at Arboretum

    Understanding The Chemistry Of Compost Contact Water

    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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