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

Washington State’s Revised Composting Rules
Cedar Grove Composting did not have to make design or operational changes at either of its composting facilities in Washington State to comply with the revised state rule.

TweetThe amended rule, which became effective in April 2013, specifically deals with issues seen to hinder development of the composting industry. Katrina Mendrey BioCycle October 2013, Vol. 54, No. 10, p. 26 Prior to 2003, legal standards regarding composting in the State of Washington were minimal and incorporated into the established solid waste regulations known……

 

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Tapping Hidden Energy In Organic Waste
Kenneth L. Kimmell

Kenneth Kimmell, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, shares insights on anaerobic digestion potential in an interview with the American Biogas Council.
Patrick Serfass and Nora Goldstein
BioCycle September 2013, Vol. 54, No. 9, p. 28

Big Business Of Bioproducts
Figure 2. Catalyzing cluster formation

Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center leads the charge to commercialize biorefining.
Dennis Hall and Ron Smith
BioCycle September 2013, Vol. 54, No. 9, p. 54

 

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Advancing Organic Materials Management In Puerto Rico
The program engaged students to demonstrate organics management science and systems, as well as compost’s use to support food production (students at a high school in Vieques seen here).

Recycling partnership is building a local coalition of sustainable materials management stewards by engaging college students and other community members to foster organics diversion through composting.
R. Fernández, A. Arache, J. Alsina, J. Bonhotal, A. Arroyo-Rodríguez and C. Pacheco
BioCycle August 2013, Vol. 54, No. 8, p. 40

 

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Anaerobic Digestion And Algal Raceway System
Figure 1. Flowchart of Novel Integrated Farm-Based Biorefinery

Michigan State University integrates AD with other biological processes to convert organic wastes into value-added fuels that are needed to enhance the economic and environmental performance of organic waste management.
Louis Faivor, Wei Liao and Dana Kirk
BioCycle May 2013, Vol. 54, No. 5, p. 29

 

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Implementation Realities Of Organics Ban In Massachusetts
Figure 1. Food waste generators in Massachusetts

Anticipated disposal ban on commercial and industrial organics is expected to be added to the state’s existing ban structure. The more pressing issues are ensuring robust generator training and hauling and processing capacity are in place to manage the materials. Part III
Zoë Neale
BioCycle April 2013, Vol. 54, No. 4, p. 34

 

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Integrated Organics Management In Central Washington
Figure 1. Components of PacifiClean’s organics processing facility

PacifiClean Environmental is building a composting and anaerobic digestion facility about 90 miles from Seattle to process a wide range of source separated organics.
Nicole Rinauro
BioCycle March 2013, Vol. 54, No. 3, p. 52

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Ohio State University achieves its goal of going zero waste at its stadium

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BioCycle December 2012, Vol. 53, No. 12, p. 6

Massachusetts Sets The Table For An Organics Ban

The state recently issued final rules amending its solid waste site assignment and wastewater regulations, streamlining permitting of facilities needed to process materials generated by an expected disposal ban on commercial and institutional organics. Part I
Zoë Neale
BioCycle December 2012, Vol. 53, No. 12, p. 30

 

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Halton Region multifamily collection bins

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

Organics Diversion Policy Developments
Mater-Bi® compostable shopping bag

The United Kingdom’s organics recycling industry is thriving as a result of pioneering legislation and a surge in source separation of household organics.
Tony Breton
BioCycle November 2012, Vol. 53, No. 11, p. 38

 

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Anaerobic Digest
New digester for Port of Tillamook Bay industrial park

TweetBioCycle November 2012, Vol. 53, No. 11, p. 17 Diamond Bar, California: RFP For Emission Control Technologies For Biogas Engines The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) has released an RFP to solicit proposals for the deployment of selective noncatalytic reduction (SNCR) emission control technologies for internal combustion engines operating on landfill and/or digester

Composting Roundup
Jane Curtis Gazit, Keep Magnolia Clean

BioCycle November 2012, Vol. 53, No. 11, p. 12

Practical Plan For Hospital Food Waste Recovery
A typical 1,000-bed hospital reported serving over 8,600 meals/day. Over half were patient meals, and the rest divided between the main cafeteria, small food service vendors and the doctors’ dining room.

A comprehensive food waste progam for a typical 1,000 bed hospital can be carefully designed to become successful and sustainable.
Nicole Chardoul and Beth Coddington
BioCycle September 2012, Vol. 53, No. 9, p. 29

Composting Roundup
Los Angeles County Sanitation District's Westlake Farms Biosolids Compost Project under construction

BioCycle September 2012, Vol. 53, No. 9, p. 12

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

Composting Roundup
Charleston County South Carolina Food Waste Composting Demonstration project

BioCycle July 2012, Vol. 53, No. 7, p. 10

Depackaging Organics To Produce Energy
Depackaging equipment for recovering organics is designed to deal with a variety of materials from plastic wrapping and containers, to wax-coated cardboard and even metal cans and glass bottles.

Systems designed to separate packaging from its contents — in this case food and liquids — are being installed at facilities in the U.S. and Canada.
Dan Sullivan
BioCycle June 2012, Vol. 53, No. 6, p. 42

Tribal Community Launches SSO Facility
Food waste from Gedney Pickle to be composted at Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s Organics Recycling Facility

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s composting facility opened last fall, with capacity to process 400,000 cy/year of source separated organics.
Dan Emerson
BioCycle May 2012, Vol. 53, No. 5, p. 21

 

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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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Connections: Food Fight
Sally Brown

BioCycle April 2012, Vol. 53, No. 4, p. 60
Lines are being drawn. Battles are being fought. And all over the organic residuals that in many places, are still considered to be garbage. To understand the basis for these battles, it is really important to understand the role that fixed carbon plays in so much of the discussion about climate change, food security and the dwindling reserves of fossil fuels.

 

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Farm Digester Industry In America
Figure 1. Anaerobic Digester Projects 2000-2011

Growth in facility installations is steady, but lack of capital and antiquated energy policies remain obstacles to realizing the broad suite of benefits that manure-based digester systems could achieve.

Allison Costa and Chris Voell
BioCycle February 2012, Vol. 53, No. 2, p. 38

Composting Roundup
Community gardens use compost, Lorain County, Ohio

Biosolids composting facility expansion; Vermicompost; New business offers organics pick up; Food waste recovery; Community gardens

BioCycle February 2012, Vol. 53, No. 2, p. 12