State Orders Closure Of Peninsula Compost Facility
Wilmington Organics Recycling Center (WORC), circa 2010 Photo courtesy of WORC

On October 20, David Small, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), issued a Secretary’s Order to Peninsula Compost Company LLC of Wilmington requiring closure of its organics recycling facility.

The Time Is Ripe For Food Recovery
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.

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

2014 Recipients Of The Jerome Goldstein Scholarship Fund For EcoEntrepreneuring
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The 2014 recipients of the Jerome Goldstein Scholarship Fund For EcoEntrepreneuring presented their research findings at the Rutgers University EcoComplex in Bordentown, New Jersey on August 25, 2014.

Winning With Zero Waste
Zero waste sports

In the sports greening arena, the adoption of recycling and composting programs is proceeding at an increased pace. To ensure efficient and effective implementation, buy-in must occur at all levels of an organization, starting at the top.
Nate Clark
BioCycle June 2014, Vol. 55, No. 5, p. 21

Revisiting Urban Water Infrastructure
Green storm water infrastructure, such as this rain garden in Portland, Oregon, is becoming increasingly common to capture and infiltrate rainwater. Compost is often used in the engineered soil mixes for the rain gardens.

Transitions to practices such as green storm water infrastructure, grey water use and recycling treated wastewater are becoming more common. Part II
Sally Brown
BioCycle May 2014, Vol. 55, No. 4, p. 37

 

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Green Infrastructure Incentives In Nation’s Capital
Figure 1. Example of an enhanced bioretention design with an underdrain and infiltration sump/storage layer

Innovative storm water regulation establishes private market that pays dividends to property owners for retrofits and improves Washington, DC’s waterbodies in the process.
Marsha W. Johnston
BioCycle September 2013, Vol. 54, No. 9, p. 25

 

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Editorial: Energy “Independence”
Nora Goldstein, BioCycle

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BioCycle September 2013, Vol. 54, No. 9, p. 4

Editorial: Getting It
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Nora Goldstein
BioCycle May 2013, Vol. 54, No. 5, p.4

Composting Roundup
Green Mountain Technologies’ Earthflow-22 in-vessel composting unit at the IOS Ranch of Bainbridge Island.

Tweet BioCycle March 2013, Vol. 54, No. 3, p. 12 Atlanta, Georgia: City Adopts Green Infrastructure Policies In mid-February, the Atlanta City Council unanimously adopted a Post-Development Stormwater Management Ordinance that promotes use of green infrastructure practices in new and redevelopment projects in the city. Drafted by the Department of Watershed Management, the ordinance offers

Managing Nutrient Release In Compost-Amended Bioswale Soils
Soils put into the columns were mixed at a base ratio of 40 percent compost to 60 percent silica sand by volume. Targeted PSI levels were achieved before additions of water to mimic two types of storm events.

Research shows adding water treatment residuals to a bioswale soil mix immobilizes nutrients in compost that might otherwise leach.
Katrina Mendrey
BioCycle March 2013, Vol. 54, No. 3, p. 36

Editorial: Integrated Solutions
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Nora Goldstein
BioCycle October 2012, Vol. 53, No. 10, p. 4

Compost In The Green Infrastructure Tool Box
Runoff curve numbers (CN) have been developed to assist designers in using compost blankets as a storm water volume reduction management practice. These include vegetated blankets.

Compost blankets are very effective at “keeping rainfall where it falls,” helping to achieve maximum storm water volume reduction in tandem with bioretention cells and rain gardens. Part II
Britt Faucette
BioCycle October 2012, Vol. 53, No. 10, p. 33

 

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Economic Case For Green Infrastructure
Green infrastructure enhancements as a result of the City of Seattle’s Green Streets program have increased real estate values there by 6 percent.

Reducing the amount of storm water and load of pollutants entering the treatment system “grid” or conveyed directly to surface waters can have an immediate impact on how much money is spent to treat these waters. Part I
Britt Faucette
BioCycle August 2012, Vol. 53, No. 8, p. 36

 

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Plastic Bag Ban And Residential SSO Diversion
Residential source separated organics service is now available to 24 million people in Italy. In 2010, 2.8 million tons of food scraps were collected for composting and anaerobic digestion.

Italy’s nationwide ban on plastic shopping bags in 2011 exempts compostable bags, which has in turn benefited organics diversion.
Christian Garaffa and Rhodes Yepsen
BioCycle August 2012, Vol. 53, No. 8, p. 48

Recycled Organics Make Splash In Green Infrastructure
Seattle storm water management

The cities of Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon have been early leaders in using storm water management tools that incorporate compost.

David McDonald, Shanti Colwell and Henry Stevens
BioCycle March 2012, Vol. 53, No. 3, p. 39