California Becomes First State To Mandate Universal Composting Services For Residents And Businesses
Green waste, food scraps and manure are delivered six days a week and piled into a windrow using a front-end loader.

Three years after California’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy (SB 1383, Lara) was signed into law, formal regulations were adopted by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) at a public meeting today and will be transmitted to the Office of Administrative Law for final codification.

Commentary: Compostable Products Have A Role
Compostable products

The reason that “Recycle” is one of the 3 R’s is that single-use packaging cannot be eliminated overnight. Recycling can be part of the broader solution, so long as we are actually keeping the material out of landfills and the environment, and getting it authentically recycled or composted.

Governor Phil Scott Announces Vermont Phosphorus Innovation Challenge Finalists
To test production of a P-fortified compost, concentrate from Digested Organics’ ultrafiltration equipment (left) was added as a feedstock prior to active composting (right).

Vermont awards over $1 million for implementation of phosphorus separation and extraction technologies.

“Organic Materials Management in King County” Report
Organic materials management in King County - LinkUp program - King County Solid Waste Division

King County has a Zero Waste of Resources by 2030 goal referenced in King County Code 10.14.020, the Strategic Climate Action Plan, and 2019 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan. Recovering organic material is an essential part of reaching this goal.

New EPA Report: AD Facilities Processing Food Waste
Anaerobic Digestion Facilities Processing Food Waste in the Unit

A total of 198 facilities were surveyed in 2018, and 134 completed the survey …

Help Support NEBRA’s Frontline Work On PFAS
Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS)

The North East Biosolids & Residuals Association (NEBRA) has been a national leader on PFAS related to biosolids and residuals management …

Compost Is Clear Carbon Storage Winner

A recent study from the University of California Davis (UC Davis) confirmed what many of us have known for our professional careers: compost makes the difference.

Register Now SAVE $50: BioCycle WEST COAST19
BioCycle WEST COAST19 Conference

Infrastructure Expansion • Compost And Biogas Markets • Food Recovery
Contamination Management • Behavior Change
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BPI Addresses Claims Of “Toxic” Chemicals In Compostable Products

Certified products already on track to eliminate PFAS by end of 2019

New Food Waste Directory & Resources
Food Waste Directory & Resources

• Food Waste Pretreatment Directory
• State Food Waste Recycling Data Collection, Reporting Analysis
• Quantifying Existing Food Waste Composting Infrastructure in the U.S.

CAST Publication Looks At Crucial Food Waste Issues
Food Loss And Waste

A paper in the series on The Need for Agricultural Innovation to Sustainably Feed the World by 2050

Illinois Law To Increase Compost Use On State Funded Projects
Illinois Environmental Council

HB 4790 will help create new market for compost.

Metro Council (Portland, OR) Votes In Favor Of Food Scraps Policy

The Metro Council voted July 26, 2018 in favor of an ordinance that will require some types of businesses in greater Portland to separate their food scraps from the garbage.

Canadian Survey On Organic Waste Reduction

Colin Isaacs
The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment, a body composed of environment ministers from the federal, provincial and territorial governments, has recently published a report, “National Survey Results: Identification of Stakeholder Views of Opportunities and Barriers for Organics Waste Reduction and Diversion.”

Metro Council (Portland, OR) To Consider Proposed Food Scraps Policy

On Thursday, July 19, the Metro Council (Portland, OR) will consider a proposed ordinance that obligates city and county governments within greater Portland to require the collection of food scraps from certain types of food service businesses.

U.S. EPA Launches Excess Food Opportunities Map
U.S. EPA Food Opportunities Map

The map identifies more than 500,000 potential generators of excess food (e.g. correctional facilities, educational institutions, healthcare facilities, hospitality industry, food manufacturers and processors, and food wholesalers and distributors) and estimated generation quantities, as well as over 4,000 potential recipients of excess food (e.g. anaerobic digestion and composting facilities, food banks).

2017 Survey Results: Anaerobic Digestion Of Food Waste In The U.S.
US Stand Alone Food Waste Anaerobic Digestion Facilities

Results of a 2017 survey of anaerobic digesters (AD) in the U.S. processing food waste was just released by the U.S. EPA Region 3 office.

BioCycle West Coast18 Conference

Deadline is November 30, 2017.
Click here to learn more and submit an abstract.

Breaking News: September Webinars Of Interest

• Real Estate And Sustainable Soil Management
• Now What? Preparing for China’s Waste Ban
• Business Models For Community Composting

What The AD Industry Can Learn From Solar Standardization
Figure 1. Example counterparty structure

Applying a proven project finance model to the anaerobic digestion industry is the best way to ensure projects get built and operate profitably over the long-term. John Dannan and Janice Tran BioCycle July 2017, Vol. 58, No. 6, p. 37 THE U.S. anaerobic digestion (AD) market represents an attractive, multibillion dollar investment opportunity. However, structural industry

Feedback Requested On Ontario RNG Document
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Invites you to provide feedback on a Renewable Natural Gas Discussion Document so that OMAFRA may understand the level of interest and business readiness for production and use of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) as transportation fuel.

Not Waiting For The Tweets: Sports Already Lead The Way In Sustainability
Green Sports Alliance

Green Sports Alliance calls on sports fans to take Live Green or Die™ Challenge

How New York Is Turning Food Waste Into Compost and Biogas

City officials hope to divert organic refuse from landfills. Where will it all go?

Maryland To Explore A Decentralized Composting Infrastructure

Governor Hogan Signs Two Bills – HB171/SB99 & HB1349 – to Advance Food Waste Recovery and Ensure Compostable Plastics Meet Standards

ReFED Names Executive Director

Chris Cochran, Walmart’s Senior Manager of Corporate Sustainability, has been named the first Executive Director of ReFED, a multistakeholder nonprofit, powered by an influential network of the nation’s leading business, nonprofit, foundation and government leaders committed to scaling solutions to reducing U.S. food waste.

BioCycle, EPA Workshop: Food System Data Tools, Food Loss And Waste Strategies
BioCycle workshop image

Workshop will use mapping tools and GIS data to set the foundation for analyzing wasted food reduction opportunities and solutions.

BioCycle, American Biogas Council Workshop: AD Odor Management
ABC Workshop

While targeted at the anaerobic digestion sector, the knowledge and strategies to be shared is equally pertinent to composting facility managers. Vendors of odor control technologies and services will have the opportunity to present during Vendor Lightning Rounds.

Breaking News: Perris, CA Anaerobic Digester

BioCycle Editor Nora Goldstein and Publisher Rill Ann Miller toured the new CR&R anaerobic digester in Perris, CA last month. Still in the commissioning phase, the facility is designed to process source separated green waste and food scraps from municipalities in the Los Angeles region, along with commercial source separated food waste streams. CR&R and

BioCycle Food Recycling News—February 1, 2017

In This Issue:
• Wasted Food Dude
• Food News Digest
• Events Calendar

Breaking News: Wisconsin Clean Water and Renewable Energy RFP
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection

The goal is to alleviate water quality concerns, stated Governor Walker, who made the announcement at the Heritage Farm Site in Kewaunee to address nutrient management and water quality challenges in Kewaunee County.

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Breaking News: Massachusetts’ Food Waste Reduction Initiative Creates 900 Jobs, $175 Million Of Economic Activity
Mass DEP

MassDEP Study Highlights Positive Economic Benefits of Reducing Food Waste

Breaking News: Composting System Design Competition
Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council

Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council (FPAC) seeks designs for neighborhood-scale, in-vessel composting systems that can be used by schools and community organizations.

Breaking News: Composting Collaborative Launch, Nov. 17, 2016

Composting Collaborative was officially launched on November 17 in Washington, D.C. The Collaborative was created by GreenBlue, in partnership with BioCycle and the US Composting Council, to drive sustainable materials management of organics and all compostables.

The BioCycle Portals

These BioCycle portals are publicly searchable databases of:
Composting Facilities
Anaerobic Digestion Site
Organics Collection Service
in the United States and Canada.

Seattle City Council Bans Greenwashing Of Noncompostable Bags

On Oct. 3, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to pass an ordinance that bans use of misleading green- and brown-tined noncompostable plastic bags.

DSNY Expands Curbside Food And Yard Waste Recycling Collection
NYC Expand food waste, yard trimmings curbside collection

Additional Neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens Added to NYC Organics Pilot Program

Food Recovery Entrepreneurs Workshop Summary
Food Recovery Entrepreneurs Workshop

Carrie Nash Over the past decade, a network of food recovery entrepreneurs has emerged alongside the established food supply industry, bringing safe and wholesome food to hungry people that would otherwise go to waste. On June 27, researchers at Harvard’s Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) and Harvard Business School teamed up to bolster that

Grinding Cheese Chunks
(And Gummy Bears)
Biogas Industry Applauds Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act (HR 5489)
American Biogas Council

New bipartisan legislation helps increase investment in healthy and clean soils and water.

Dear Wasted Food Dude …
Jonathan Bloom, Wasted Food Dude

“Dear Wasted Food Dude,” by Jonathan Bloom, a thought leader, speaker and consultant on food waste. Jonathan is the author of American Wasteland and creator of

Spring Issue of US Composting Council Newsletter: Compost Communicator …
USCC Compost Communicator

The US Composting Council’s Compost Communicator newsletter is published quarterly in BioCycle, the official magazine of the USCC.

BioCycle Equipment & Systems Directory

The BioCycle Online Buyer’s Guide includes companies recognized as BioCycle advertisers and exhibitors.

Franciosi Named USCC Executive Director
Frank Franciosi, Executive Director, US Composting Council

The US Composting Council (USCC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Frank Franciosi, a composting industry leader and business executive, to the leadership position of Executive Director of the USCC and its sister foundation, the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation.

2015 Recipients Of The Jerome Goldstein Scholarship Fund For EcoEntrepreneuring
2015 Recipients of the Jerome Goldstein Scholarship Fund For EcoEntrepreneuring

The 2015 recipients of the Jerome Goldstein Scholarship Fund For EcoEntrepreneuring

Requests For Proposals: City of Phoenix & Anne Arundel County, MD
City of Phoenix, Anne Arundel County

• Business Opportunities With City of Phoenix — CFI and RFP Released
• Maryland County Requests Of Interest

Grant Opportunities: Community Composting In New York, Zero Waste In San Francisco
Fifth Street Farm Project (top) and Yellow Hook CSA (bottom)

Citizens Committee for New York City, in partnership with the Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and her Solid Waste Advisory Board are awarding up to $30,000.
San Francisco Department of the Environment (SFE) announced grant request-for-proposals in the amount of $860,000.

Gresham, Oregon Wastewater Treatment Plant Hits Net-Zero Energy
Gresham net zero energy from biogas

The City of Gresham Wastewater Treatment Plant (water resource recovery facility) achieved its first net-zero energy consumption day on February 12, 2015.

Water Environment Research Foundation Codigestion Survey

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Hazen and Sawyer, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants and Carollo Engineers have collaborated to develop a common survey to obtain information for three separate research projects related to codigestion of high strength wastes.

US Composting Council Announces Election Results

The US Composting Council announced election results for the 2015 Board Of Directors on December 2, 2014.

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.

California’s New Laws To Accelerate Organics Recycling
California’s new yard waste and food waste diversion laws

On September 28, California Governor Jerry Brown signed two landmark pieces of legislation that will lead to significant increases in the amount of organic wastes available for composting and anaerobic digestion.

South San Francisco Company To Turn Food Waste Into Fuel For Collection Fleet
Ribbon cutting ceremony for Scavenger Company, Inc.'s new dry anaerobic digester.

Scavenger Company Inc. uses anaerobic digestion to generate clean-burning compressed natural gas.

Central America Coffee Growers Generate Biogas To Fuel Facilities And Kitchen Stoves

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

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.

Announcing BioCycle’s Cultivating Community Composting 2014 Forum

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Baltimore, MD
Register Now!

Pennsylvania PUC Proposal Jeopardizes Farm Digester Use Of Net Metering — Comments due by 9/3/14
anaerobic digester, on farm, renewable energy, manure, food waste

A proposal by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PA PUC) — Docket L-2014-2404361 “Proposed Net Metering Changes” — would limit the amount of excess energy a farm can sell to utilities through net metering.

Colleges And Universities Invited To Compete In GameDay Recycling Challenge

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.

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RFP For Clean Air Technologies In San Joaquin, California
San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District

Request For Proposal (RFP) for “$4 million to advance the development and to accelerate the deployment of clean air technologies …”

Deadline Extended For CalRecycle’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Organics Grant Program

Applicants have an additional 4 weeks …

Why Food Only In Portland, Oregon?

The short answer: Excessive contamination in the collected organics from the commercial food scraps composting program combined with challenges of nonfood items at one of Metro’s selected processing facilities.

White Castle Doubles Food Scraps Diversion Rate From Columbus-Area Stores
White Castle food composting

On Earth Day 2014, White Castle announced that in the last year, they have expanded food scraps diversion programs to 16 Columbus, Ohio-area restaurants and plants in Vandalia and Cincinnati, Ohio, doubling their diversion rate to almost 10 tons of food scraps per month.

BioCycle March-April Double Issue
BioCycle March-April Issue, 2014 Double Issue

BioCycle will publish a double issue, March-April, to be mailed March 25. This is the official Conference issue of BioCycle REFOR14 West. The following issue, May, will be in the mail about May 19. A total of 11 issues will be published in 2014.

AgSTAR 2014 National Workshop is at BIOCYCLE REFOR14 WEST
US EPA AgSTAR 2014 National Workshop

Learn more about this Workshop
Learn more about BIOCYCLE REFOR14 WEST

2014 PA Recycling Markets Development Summit
Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center

The 2014 PA Recycling Markets Development Summit will be held on February 20, 2014, 9:30 AM to 3 PM in Philadelphia.

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.

New NYC Food Waste Recycling Law Will Have A National Impact, Say American Biogas And Composting Groups
American Biogas Council, US Composting Council

“NYC’s extraordinary action will be a shot of adrenaline to the growing biogas and compost industries which are ready, able and willing to manage organic wastes as a resource …”

Product Policy Institute Becomes UPSTREAM

After ten years as PPI, leading environmental organization changes brand to engage broader audiences

Comment Now On Renewable Fuel Standard 2014 Targets
2014 EPA Renewable Fuel Standards

The American Biogas Council (ABC), based in Washington, DC, issued an Alert to submit comments on the U.S. EPA’s 2014 renewable fuel targets.

Celebrate World Soil Day, December 5, 2013
World Soil Health Day

In honor of World Soil Day on December 5, 2013, BioCycle shares Jerry Goldstein’s thoughts from 1975…

BioCycle Editor Nora Goldstein Receives American Biogas Council’s Visionary Award
Nora Goldstein BioCycle American Biogas Council Visonary Award

Two ABC Visionary Awards were presented at BioCycle REFOR13 Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash
Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash

Review by Neil Seldman

Cultivating Community Composting Forum

A one-day event for community composters, urban farmers and community gardeners to learn, network and grow.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Columbus, Ohio

American Biogas Council, US Composting Council & MassRecycle Join In Support of Massachusetts Organics Ban
Massachusetts Food Waste Ban

Composting and anaerobic digestion industry poised to expand in Massachusetts as consequence of proposed ban on disposing organic materials.

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 …

How To Hit Pay Dirt*
Institute For Local Self-Reliance

A new report released on May 8 by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) — “Pay Dirt: Composting in Maryland to Reduce Waste, Create Jobs, & Protect the Bay” — found that 1,400 new full-time jobs could be supported in the state of Maryland for every million tons of yard trimmings and food scraps converted into compost that is used locally.