BioCycle World
(Left to right) Lori Scozzafava (Executive Director of the US Composting Council (USCC)), Kathy Kellogg Johnson (Kellogg Garden Products), Nora Goldstein (Editor of BioCycle), Michele Young (City of San Jose), Lorrie Loder (President of the USCC)

BioCycle February 2014, Vol. 55, No. 2, p. 6

Greenmarkets Facilitate Food Scraps Diversion In NYC
New York City residents have an opportunity to recycle food scraps at weekly Greenmarkets. Currently, 35 of the 54 Greenmarkets have drop-off sites.

A range of collaborative programs involving city agencies and community composters has helped increase the diversion of household food scraps.
Part II
Nora Goldstein

Composting Roundup
Ranvinder (Rana) Bains of Bluebird Composting in Fulton, Missouri

BioCycle February 2014, Vol. 55, No. 2, p. 10

Patrick Administration Finalizes Commercial Food Waste Disposal Ban
Massachusetts Food Waste Ban

The Patrick Administration announced final statewide commercial food waste disposal ban regulations to take effect on October 1, 2014. The ban will divert food waste to energy-generating and composting facilities and reduce the Commonwealth’s waste stream.

Composting Roundup
Wallenstein Chipper Shredder BXMT4238

BioCycle December 2013, Vol. 54, No. 12, p. 11

Fresh Look At Zero Food Service Waste
Zero Food Service Waste — The Prevention Factor

Going forward, reporting on zero waste performance should offer both a total waste generation figure and a diversion figure to ensure that every zero waste undertaking includes prevention.
Andrew Shakman
BioCycle December 2013, Vol. 54, No. 12, p. 20

Dedicated Food Waste Digester Opens In Ontario
Harvest Power’s new anaerobic digester in London, Ontario includes three holding tanks for incoming feedstocks, a thermophilic acidification reactor that heats substrates to 131°F where they are held for three days and two mesophilic digesters.

Facility in London, Ontario is ramping up to process 71,500 tons/year of food industry residuals. Digestate will be heat-dried into fertilizer products.
Peter Gorrie
BioCycle September 2013, Vol. 54, No. 9, p. 56

 

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Connections: CO2 Math For Food Waste Transport
Sally Brown

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BioCycle July 2013, Vol. 54, No. 7, p. 60

 

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Food To Fuel Demonstration At Us Air Force Academy
Figure 1. Proposed demonstration location at USAFA

Pilot project will demonstrate feasibility of converting food waste from the Academy’s dining hall into biomethane fuel. Part IV
David L. Parry
BioCycle July 2013, Vol. 54, No. 7, p. 58

 

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Massachusetts Formally Proposes Commercial Food Waste Ban
Massachusetts Food Waste Ban

The long-anticipated ban on disposal of commercial food waste — along with funding to support anaerobic digestion (AD) — was formally announced on July 10.

Why New York City Community Composters Are Critical To City-Wide Implementation
New York City Food Waste & Community Composting

We welcome your thoughts on this emerging discourse about how the largest city in the U.S. can divert residential food waste from disposal …

Composting Roundup
Dirt Hugger makes use of wastewater from Hood River region microbreweries.

BioCycle June 2013, Vol. 54, No. 6, p. 12

Food Waste Diversion At International Airport
PDX provides a central collection point for the food waste from the various restaurants. Diverted organics represent about 6 percent of materials recycled at the airport.

After significant program tweaks, including an employee rewards program, the Portland, Oregon International Airport breaks its previous records for food waste diversion.
Maia Nativ
BioCycle April 2013, Vol. 54, No. 4, p. 31

 

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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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Retrofit Facilitates Food Waste Composting
A permanent roof was installed over the entire 220,000 sq. ft. composting area.

Since its grand reopening in November 2012, Silver Springs Organics in Rainier, Washington
has been taking in approximately 190 tons a day of commercial, institutional and residential organics.
Molly Farrell Tucker
BioCycle February 2013, Vol. 54, No. 2, p. 20

Composting Roundup
Greg Walton hopes to reach the 600-customer mark by the end of 2013.

BioCycle February 2013, Vol. 54, No. 2, p. 10

Trimming Costs With Composting
All produce, bakery products, deli meats and salads, floral products and coffee grounds and filters are accepted for composting. Until last fall, meat and seafood also were diverted, but now a renderer services the stores at no charge.

Weis Markets, a regional supermarket chain based in Pennsylvania, is bringing a total of 50 stores onto its food scraps composting program in 2013.
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle January 2013, Vol. 54, No. 1, p. 22

Breaking News: Ohio State University Expands Organics Recycling
Ohio State University Expands Organics Recycling

Since February 2010, The Ohio State University Sustainability Coordinator Corey Hawkey has worked to expand and enhance the institution’s recycling program.

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Vermont Food Bank

BioCycle August 2012, Vol. 53, No. 8, p. 6

Considerations In Container Selection
Wastequip’s Organics2Go program includes a roll-off bin (left) with a patented biofiltration system to keep organic waste aerobic until it is hauled to the transfer station or processing facility (right).

Food waste is heavy and liquefies quickly, two characteristics that help determine the optimum containers for diversion programs.
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle July 2012, Vol. 53, No. 7, p. 34

Food Waste To Resource In India
The author builds the first compost pile at the ashram in Kerala using shavings from the wood shop. Small piles were built daily.

Low tech composting operations are being installed on ashram campuses to mitigate pollution and provide a high value soil amendment for gardens and agriculture.
Peter Ash
BioCycle July 2012, Vol. 53, No. 7, p. 26

 

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Food Waste Digester In Southern California
Digestion takes place in two continuous stirred reactors.

Diversion of 100,000 tons/year of commercial and industrial solid food waste is anticipated, along with generation of transportation fuel as CNG for 40 to 50 solid waste collection trucks.
John McNamara and George Eowan
BioCycle July 2012, Vol. 53, No. 7, p. 42

 

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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

Campus Vermicomposting With Community Partners
Vermicomposting bin preparation, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

BioCycle April 2012, Vol. 53, No. 4, p. 29
After 16 months of operation, a University of Wisconsin-La Crosse program has diverted over 7 tons of food waste and produced several thousand pounds of worm castings.

 

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Composting Roundup
Full Circle Compost, Carson City, Nevada

BioCycle April 2012, Vol. 53, No. 4, p. 12
Lansing, Michigan: Landfill Yard Trimmings Ban Update; Montpelier, Vermont: New Composting Regulations; Lamont, California: Composting Facility Issued Substantial Fines; Wausau, Wisconsin: Growing Ginseng Into A Composting Business; Carson City, Nevada: Full Circle Food Waste Recycling

Composting Roundup
Composting Roundup

Farm Expands Food Waste Composting; Evolution Of A Composting Facility; Kompost Kids Take To The Streets;
Possible Repeal Of State Yard Trimmings Ban

BioCycle March 2012, Vol. 53, No. 3, p. 12

New Jersey Composter Taps Food Waste Opportunities
Ag Choice compost turner

Facility shifts from focus primarily on horse manure to a variety of commercial and industrial vegetative food waste streams. Next is the possibility of postconsumer feedstocks.

Dan Sullivan
BioCycle February 2012, Vol. 53, No. 2, p. 26