BioCycle Portals To Organics Recycling In U.S. & Canada

Updated BioCycle and the brand new BioCycle and are launched and open for listings.

Nora Goldstein
BioCycle June 2016, Vol. 57, No. 5, p. 16


New home page BioCycle

New home page BioCycle

In April 2007, BioCycle launched®, a publicly searchable database of composting facilities in the United States and Canada. The intent was to make it easy to find composting facilities to divert organic waste streams as well as buy compost. This online directory is a free service to all users.

In the almost 10 years since BioCycle was created, the organics recycling infrastructure has blossomed into a wider variety of facilities and services. This includes several distinct categories of composting operations, more types of anaerobic digesters, and growing options for organics collection. To accommodate this diversity in infrastructure, BioCycle decided to expand its organics recycling portals.

In May 2016, BioCycle introduced an updated version of BioCycle and the brand new BioCycle and BioCycle These BioCycle portals list composting and anaerobic digestion (AD) sites, and organics collection services in the U.S. and Canada. There are five separate “listing entry” forms: three categories of composters, and one form each for digesters and organics collection services.

The three separate categories of composting facilities are:

• Full-scale: Municipal or commercial facility equipped to receive and process organic waste streams arriving by truckload volumes from generators and haulers on year-round basis.

• Captive: Compost only organics from own site.

• Community: Composting at scale that is typically smaller than full-scale, servicing a neighborhood and/or surrounding community. Accepts feedstocks from off-site.

Composting and AD facilities that also offer organics collection will be able to provide details on the collection service while completing the listing entry form for their facilities. For AD facilities, different questions appear depending on the feedstocks being processed, e.g., livestock manure.

On the “Submit Listing” page, composting facilities are separated into three types: full-scale, captive and community. There also are listing forms for organics collection services and anaerobic digesters.

On the “Submit Listing” page, composting facilities are separated into three types: full-scale, captive and community. There also are listing forms for organics collection services and anaerobic digesters.

All submitted listings are reviewed by BioCycle editors before the site or service is approved and added to the database. Once the listing is approved, it can be found via a search by facility/company name, location, or type of operation (e.g., full-scale composter, anaerobic digester). The following details are viewable in the BioCycle Portal: Facility name, phone, website, location; Year started; Description; Feedstocks accepted; Composting or AD method; Compost or Digestate for Sale; Compost certification (if applicable); Organic certification (if applicable); Offer organics collection.

BioCycle will use other information requested for its reports on organics recycling industry trends. Data gleaned from the database will only be reported in the aggregate.

Update Your Existing Listing

All facilities and organics collection facilities that were in BioCycle prior to May 2016 must complete a new listing entry form. Once on the website (FindAComposter, FindADigester, FindOrganicsHauler), click “Register Your Account To List A Site.” Enter an email and password. Click register. Next click on List A Site in the top menu bar and the questionnaire will appear. Organizations with multiple facilities must repeat this procedure for each site. The “old” listing(s) will be deleted and replaced with the updated listing.

All listings in BioCycle, and will be updated every 12 to 18 months. Listers will be notified when it is time to update their information, if necessary.

Search results based on 50-mile proximity radius.

Search results based on 50-mile proximity radius.

The Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) is the Founding Sponsor of BioCycle BPI and BioCycle collaborated on creating the original online directory in large part due to a perception that the infrastructure to compost food scraps was limited, especially in the U.S. Over the past nine years, BioCycle’s (FAC) has become populated with sites that are permitted to receive pre and/or postconsumer food scraps. Information is also available on sites that accept compostable bioplastic and compostable paper packaging and products. These are frequently asked questions by generators of food scraps and users of compostable products.

Additional sponsors of BioCycle FindAComposter, FindADigester and FindOrganicsHauler are the Foodservice Packaging Institute, the Closed Loop Foundation, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the Compost Council of Canada. Bright Beat International and Technofisch Design Studio assisted with BioCycle on the creation and launch of the new BioCycle Portals.

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