Managing Fall Leaves In Victoria, British Columbia
The Residential Leaf Pick-Up Program takes place over four months, starting in October when trees first drop their leaves.

The City Parks Division has taken steps to reduce the carbon footprint of its annual leaf collection as well as expanded applications for finished compost and leaf mulch.
Ken Hilchey
BioCycle October 2014, Vol. 55, No. 9, p. 27

 

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Taking States’ Pulse On Residential
General awareness of what composting is and how compost can be used to beautify neighborhoods are significant benefits of residential food scraps drop-off programs, like this one at a New York City Greenmarket.

State composting, recycling and/or solid waste officials provide perspectives on adoption of curbside collection and composting of source separated residential food scraps. Part I
Rhodes Yepsen
BioCycle October 2014, Vol. 55, No. 9, p. 39

 

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Food Waste Collection Innovations
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.

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

Composting Roundup
CJ Kimbell and Ethan Bumps, Kimbell Compost, LLC, Burlington, Vermont

BioCycle June 2014, Vol. 55, No. 5, p. 12

Food Scraps Diversion Goes To School
Charleston County School District food waste diversion

Beginning with the youngest, more and more residents are learning to source separate organics in Charleston County, South Carolina.
Nate Clark
BioCycle May 2014, Vol. 55, No. 4, p. 21

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

California City Advances Commercial Organics Recycling
Seven grocery stores are participating in Cupertino’s Food Recovery Challenge (example of container above). A total of 2,000 tons of food waste has been diverted.

City of Cupertino receives U.S. EPA Innovation Award for integrating its ambitious food waste reduction goals with its waste hauler.
Molly Farrell Tucker
BioCycle January 2014, Vol. 55, No. 1, p. 36

War Veteran Succeeds On The Composting Front
Justen Garrity (inset) leased an 80-acre property that includes about 30 acres of farmland and 50 acres of woods. About 2 acres are used for the composting operation.

Unable to find a desirable job after returning from Iraq, Justen Garrity decided to open a composting business on a Maryland farm where he employs veterans and their family members.
Molly Farrell Tucker
BioCycle December 2013, Vol. 54, No. 12, p. 16

Composting Roundup
Composting on the Bently Ranch in Carson Valley, Nevada

BioCycle November 2013, Vol. 54, No. 11, p. 11
• Minden, Nevada: Composting On The Ranch
• Malmo, Sweden: Online Composting University
• Upper Marlboro, Maryland: Food Waste Composting Pilot Project
• Cambridge, Massachusetts: Curbside Residential Food Waste Collection Pilot
• Bennington, Vermont: Hauler Expands To Food Waste Composting
• Okeechobee, Florida: Indoor, Industrial-Scale Composting On Tribal Land
• Lansing, Michigan: Bill To Repeal Yard Trimmings Ban Defeated

Sacramento Food Waste Digester Fuels Collection Fleet
The DODA depackaging/ preprocessing system at the Sacramento BioDigester is sized for a 100 tons/day. Loads include cans of off-spec food that are tipped onto the conveyor belt of the system.

An anaerobic digestion facility that expects to be processing 100 tons/day of source separated organics by 2014 is already fueling 10 trucks daily with renewable CNG.
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle July 2013, Vol. 54, No. 7, p. 56

Food Waste Collection Trucks And Lifts
Travis Trailer’s Organics Trailer Tote Dumper is an all-aluminum, self-loading and unloading unit with a bucket that has 4,000 lbs lifting capacity. A battery-powered pallet jack — used to bring full containers of food waste to the truck — is transported in the bucket between stops.

Haulers, as well as manufacturers of trailers, floors and lifts used to collect and transport food waste, are experiencing growing demand for their services and equipment.
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle July 2013, Vol. 54, No. 7, p. 33

Alternate Weekly Waste Collections Work
Recyclables set out for curbside collection are segregated into multiple streams in Stirling Council, including clear glass.

In the United Kingdom, 299 out of 406 local authorities have introduced alternate weekly collection of household refuse. Many combine it with weekly collection of food waste.
David Riggle
BioCycle July 2013, Vol. 54, No. 7, p. 52

 

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Rural Communities And Single Stream Adoption
The typical rural community in New England has community transfer stations where there is no curbside recycling or trash collection. Households bring their recyclables to dropoff centers where they sort them by material.

Survey data shows households prefer transporting recyclables to the transfer station and sorting them there, and favor programs that increase the community recycling rate.
Christopher Wright and John M. Halstead
BioCycle April 2013, Vol. 54, No. 4, p. 40

 

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Composting Roundup
Gore® Cover at Florence, Oregon Wastewater Treatment Plant's composting facility

BioCycle April 2013, Vol. 54, No. 4, p. 12

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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BioCycle World
Halton Region multifamily collection bins

BioCycle November 2012, Vol. 53, No. 11, p. 6

Composting Roundup
Chesapeake Compost Works opened October 1, 2012 in a 54,000-square-foot building in the industrial section of Baltimore City. The building housing the composting facility is more than 100 years old and has had many past uses, including airplane and train manufacturing.

BioCycle October 2012, Vol. 53, No. 10, p. 12

Making The Move To Alternate Week Trash Collection
Portland, Oregon rolled out its residential three-stream solid waste collection service last fall with weekly pick-up of organics and biweekly pick-up of trash. Diapers and pet waste are not allowed in the organics cart.

Biweekly garbage collection is being implemented to increase recycling and either introduce or enhance the diversion of source separated organic wastes.
Peter Gorrie
BioCycle August 2012, Vol. 53, No. 8, p. 25

 

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Fresh Composting Start In Guelph, Ontario
Guelph, Ontario composting tunnel

BioCycle April 2012, Vol. 53, No. 4, p. 37
New facility is designed to process 33,000 tons/year of source separated organics from residential curbside collection.

 

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The number of communities in the U.S. with residential food waste collection service has grown by more than 50 percent since 2009.
Rhodes Yepsen
BioCycle January 2012, Vol. 53, No. 1, p. 23