Call For Papers: BioCycle West Coast Conference 2015
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BioCycle West Coast Conference 2015 in Portland, Oregon, April 13-16, 2015 is now accepting abstracts.

Opening Plenary Session, BioCycle East Coast Conference 2014
BioCycle East Coast Conference 2014 Opening Plenary

Unedited video from opening plenary session of BioCycle East Coast Conference, October 28, 2014.

Leaf Composting Helps Preserve Family Farm
Panorama Pay-Dirt processes fall leaves, wood chips and some poultry litter in windrows on roughly 20 acres of gently rolling hills.

What began with a contract to compost leaves from the City of Charlottesville, Virginia has evolved into a sustainable soil amendment products company.
Ryan Cooper
BioCycle October 2014, Vol. 55, No. 9, p. 30

 

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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

Advancing Organics Recycling On The East Coast
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.

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

BioCycle World
Filtrexx's Student Design Competition at the 14th Annual Meeting of the American Ecological Engineering Society.

BioCycle September 2014, Vol. 55, No. 8, p. 8

Central America Coffee Growers Generate Biogas To Fuel Facilities And Kitchen Stoves
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The Energy from Coffee Wastewater project has been implemented in a range of differently sized farms in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

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.

Colleges And Universities Invited To Compete In GameDay Recycling Challenge
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GameDay Recycling Challenge invites colleges and universities across the nation to compete to see which school will produce the least amount of waste in their stadiums and tailgate areas this college football season.

Composting Roundup
Turf Valley Resort has implemented initiatives in energy efficiency; water conservation; food purchasing; and waste reduction and uses Veteran Compost for their food waste/organic residuals.

BioCycle August 2014, Vol. 55, No. 7, p. 12

Symphony Of The Microgrid At An Urban University
The 2.8 MW fuel cell covers an area the size of a tennis court. Combined with an absorption chiller, it will reach 68 percent efficiency.

The University of California San Diego’s microgrid produces 92 percent of its annual electricity load and 95 percent of its heating and cooling load. A fuel cell powered by directed biogas is a cornerstone of the operation.

Marsha W. Johnston
BioCycle July 2014, Vol. 55, No. 6, p. 51

BioCycle World
Massachusetts Commercial Food Waste Vendor Fair

BioCycle July 2014, Vol. 55, No. 6, p. 6

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

Anaerobic Digest
This Grand Junction (Colorado) fueling station delivers biogas-based CNG generated at the Persigo Wastewater Treatment Facility

BioCycle June 2014, Vol. 55, No. 5, p. 18

Call For Papers — BioCycle East Coast Conference 2014
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BioCycle East Coast 2014 will cover all facets of organics recycling — organics separation and collection, composting and anaerobic digestion, compost and biogas utilization and markets, technologies and systems — for the municipal, commercial, institutional, agricultural and industry sectors.

Deadline Extended For CalRecycle’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Organics Grant Program
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Applicants have an additional 4 weeks …

Connections: How Cool Is Colorado?
Sally Brown

Sally Brown
BioCycle January 2014, Vol. 55, No. 1, p. 62

Anaerobic Digest
Anaerobic Digest

BioCycle September 2013, Vol. 54, No. 9, p. 20

What Is Waste Food?
The U.S. EPA rolled out its “Food: Too Good To Waste” program in 2012, which includes a toolkit with guidance on working with households to reduce wasted food.

From terminology to changing household behaviors, a global discussion and specific actions are well underway to reduce the millions of tons of food discarded.
Maria Kelleher and Janet Robins
BioCycle August 2013, Vol. 54, No. 8, p. 36

BioCycle World
REFOR13, BioCycle Renewable Energy From Organics Recycling Conference

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

Connection: Climate Calculations
Sally Brown

Sally Brown
BioCycle June 2013, Vol. 54, No. 6, p. 52

Editorial: Getting It
Nora Goldstein, BioCycle

Nora Goldstein
BioCycle May 2013, Vol. 54, No. 5, p.4

Kitchen Academy Combines Food Rescue + Job Training
Since 2009, twelve 13-week sessions have been conducted at the Community Kitchen Academy, graduating 87 students with an 86 percent success rate in job placement or continuing education.

Nate Clark
BioCycle May 2013, Vol. 54, No. 5, p. 18

Waste Not In Asheville
Asheville, North Carolina

What happens to spent malting grains from the craft breweries, coffee grounds from cafés, leftovers in the award-winning kitchens, and the old frying oils from food trucks and diners?
Sean Clark
BioCycle April 2013, Vol. 54, No. 4, p. 20

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

School Recycling Lessons
Kitchen staff at the Far Hills Country Day school cut hot dogs and hamburgers in half before serving to help reduce wasted food.

After two decades of engaging K-12 schools to implement recycling and food waste composting, the author provides insights on how to ensure program longevity.

The Massachusetts Waste Conundrum

With landfill capacity expected to decline to 600,000 tons in 2020 and combustion capacity remaining flat, a gap begins to emerge that may exceed 2 million tons a year by 2020 — depending on how successful the state is at improving the diversion rate. Part II
Zoë Neale
BioCycle February 2013, Vol. 54, No. 2, p. 35

 

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On-Site Food Waste Composting Closes The Loop
Food residuals are collected in red barrels at the dining and residence halls (1). Yard trimmings and food residuals are blended in a mixer (2) and then loaded into a rotary drum (3). After a 3-day retention time, material is conveyed to a composting area (4), where windrows remain for 4 weeks prior to curing.

Pre and postconsumer food scraps from dining and residence halls are mixed with yard trimmings and processed in a rotary drum followed by windrow composting.
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle December 2012, Vol. 53, No. 12, p. 28

Seattle Mariners Push The Zero Waste Envelope
A prototype compostable snack bag of peanuts was given out to the first 10,000 fans to arrive at Safeco Field in September.

Introduction of compostable snack bags at a game in September has potential to help this major league baseball team reach a goal of 90 percent diversion.
Molly Farrell Tucker and Nora Goldstein
BioCycle December 2012, Vol. 53, No. 12, p. 25

London Strives For Zero Waste Summer Olympics 2012
The color-coding was also utilized on the packaging and service ware — as shown above in the top symbol on the McDonald’s cups and container — to match with the proper receptacle, in this case, orange for composting.

Compostable packaging and existing process infrastructure help UK make good on its promise to leave a sustainable legacy.
Dan Sullivan
BioCycle September 2012, Vol. 53, No. 9, p. 32

BioCycle World
Ohio State University expands organics recycling

BioCycle September 2012, Vol. 53, No. 9, p. 6

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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Recycling Stimulates Economic Development
A mattress recycling and refurbishing plant in Bridgeport, Connecticut that opened in June will process 100,000 mattresses/year and employ 20 workers.

The recycling industry has created well over 1 million jobs and is projected to add another million as recycling levels continue to divert more and more material to industry and agriculture.
Neil Seldman
BioCycle July 2012, Vol. 53, No. 7, p. 22

Serving Up Sustainable Food Service Options
Sodexo elliminates food waste

BioCycle April 2012, Vol. 53, No. 4, p. 32
As a growing number of clients seek to become more environmentally friendly, purveyors of dining services compete to meet their needs.

Urban Farming Grows In Oakland
Urban farm in Oakland: City Slicker Farms in Fitzgerald Park

Making soils productive via organics recycling is a cornerstone of meeting this California city’s goal to get 30 percent of its food from within the immediate region.

Paul Hagey
BioCycle March 2012, Vol. 53, No. 3, p. 23

 

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Wastewater Treatment Facilities As Renewable Resource Centers
Seattle, King County Wastewater Treatment

One of the great public health triumphs of the last century — wastewater treatment — is poised for transformation into a community sustainability centerpiece.

Sally Brown
BioCycle March 2012, Vol. 53, No. 3, p. 41

 

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Sustainable Food Management In Action
New Seasons Market sustainable food management

The US EPA’S Food Recovery Challenge asks for a commitment to three food diversion actions: prevention, donation and composting. Program participants share their stories.

Ashley Zanolli
BioCycle March 2012, Vol. 53, No. 3, p. 48

Mississippi Gulf Coast Advances Sustainability Plan
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Integrating food systems into Gulf Coast sustainability plan was a novel idea because food was not a topic high up in the minds of the region’s leaders.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley and Angel Arroyo-Rodriguez
BioCycle January 2012, Vol. 53, No. 1, p. 52