Is This Edible?
broccoli food waste in the U.S.

Increased focus on preventing and recovering edible food begs the question — how do you define edibility?
Laura Moreno

Connections: Compost And Methane Avoidance
Sally Brown

How compost earned its #60 ranking in Drawdown. Part II
Sally Brown

Letter To The Editor: Oregon DEQ And Packaging LCAs
David Allaway

Recent BioCycle CONNECT Editorial misrepresents some of agency’s research.
David Allaway, Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon DEQ

Economics Of Advanced Biofuels
Advanced Biofuels — Potential for Cost Reduction

IEA Bioenergy’s new report, “Advanced Biofuels – Potential for Cost Reduction,” acknowledges the gap between the cost of the advanced biofuels and current fuel prices, and explains how this gap can be reduced in the medium term through process improvements in designing, building and operating plants, financing costs reduction, and technology learning.

26 Years Of Compost Week In Canada
2020 Poster

Compost Week got its start in 1995 in part when the Compost Council of Canada (CCC) turned the popularity of a great image that became a sweatshirt as speakers’ gifts at a workshop into “COMPOST AWARENESS WEEK”, recalls Susan Antler, Executive Director of CCC.

School Waste Characterization Study
South Carolina School Food Waste

To get a more concrete idea about solid waste composition at the schools, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) characterized the solid waste generated throughout one day at 6 public schools in the state.

Potential Game-Changer For RINs “Waivers”

Avalanche of small refinery RFS economic hardship “waivers” may be coming to an end after court ruling.
Michael H. Levin

Connections: Can Compost Draw Down Carbon?
Sally Brown

Series examines all the ways compost reduces CO2 in the atmosphere. Part I
Sally Brown

Design Plans For Low Cost Rotary Drum

A low-tech rotary drum composting unit to compost food waste is in use at several schools. The design is free to download.
Bob Spencer

Third Tier Of NYC Businesses Added To Organics Regulations
NYC Commercial Organics

The third tier of organics regulations for New York City (NYC) businesses has been signed into law and will be hitting the streets on July 31, 2020, reports Common Ground Compost, which offers source separation set-up, training and organics collection services. The following types of businesses are being added to the existing regulations, requiring them

Economics Of Backyard Chickens
Chicken dollar

Maureen Breen is president of Philadelphia Backyard Chickens and an advocate for feeding food scraps to chickens. She also supports regulatory changes in Philadelphia to allow for the urban chickens, which is prohibited at this time.

[Not Quite Healthy] State Of Curbside Recycling
State Of Curbside Recycling

The Recycling Partnership (TRP) released the 2020 State of Curbside Recycling Report in mid-February, and the state of the recycling union is not great — although the potential to reverse that is more promising. More than 20 million tons of curbside recyclable materials are disposed annually, notes the report.

Veteran Compost Hits 10-Year Milestone

Compost manufacturer collects commercial and residential food waste in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metro areas.
Nora Goldstein

Growing The Dairy Biogas-To-RNG Supply
Construction Vanguard Renewables Farm Powered Anaerobic Digester

Strategic partnership between Dominion Energy and Vanguard Renewables to build dairy digesters to produce RNG.
Nora Goldstein

Letter To The Editor: Can Scalable Organics Diversion Happen?
Rhodes Yepsen

Letter To The Editor: Can Scalable Organics Diversion Happen?
Executive Director, Biodegradable Products Institute, Inc.

Ann Arbor Keeps Residents Informed About PFAS
City of Ann Arbor PFAS Fact Sheet

The City of Ann Arbor, Michigan’s Compost Facility PFAS Fact Sheet — “Keeping Our Customers Informed About PFAS” — includes frequently asked questions about PFAS in compost.

LCFS Accredited Verifiers Announced
Low carbon fuel standard

California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) is designed to decrease the carbon intensity of the state’s transportation fuel pool and provide an increasing range of low carbon and renewable alternatives (including from renewable natural gas), which reduce petroleum dependency and achieve air quality benefits.

Maximizing Economic Return On AD Investments

Researchers at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and the University of Wisconsin, Madison have developed a computational model that could boost investment in farm-based sustainable energy projects by allowing investors to more accurately predict whether a project will turn a profit.

Editorial: The 2020 Compostable Packaging Narrative
Nora Goldstein, BioCycle Editor

I’m going to get right to the point. It is 2020, and it is time for a new narrative on compostable packaging.
Nora Goldstein

Treating PFAS Chemicals At Composting, AD Sites
Figure 2. Ion Exchange. (mage courtesy of USEPA

Review of membrane separation and ion exchange processes to treat contact water/leachate or groundwater to remove PFAS chemicals.
Craig Coker

Connections: Time To Go All The Way
Sally Brown

It is time to decide if you’re ready to go all the way. It could feel so good. I’m talking about contaminants in food scraps.
Sally Brown

Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law Update
Estimated Vermont Food Scrap Management Need vs. Capacity 2020

As of July 2020, no food waste can be disposed in the landfill in Vermont, including the residential stream.

Compost Use Workshop At BIOCYCLE CONNECT WEST 2020
UC Davis Russell Ranch

BioCycle and the University of California, Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute are excited to announce: “Compost Use In Agriculture: Healthy Soils, Sequestering Carbon,” on Monday, March 30, 2020.

New Report: Business Strategies For Codigestion
Food Waste Co-Digestion at Water Resource Facilities

A new report provides insights about the strategies water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs) have used to address the range of risks and impediments they face in adopting codigestion.

BPI’s New Standard On Fluorinated Chemicals In Effect
BPI’s updated logo improves labeling of compostable products and distinguishes them from conventional ones.

BPI’s new standard for fluorinated chemicals went into effect on January 1, 2020. Products may no longer be claimed as BPI Certified, whether on the product itself, or on a product’s packaging or marketing materials, unless it meets all conditions of the rule, including no intentionally added fluorinated chemicals (as demonstrated in Safety Data Sheets). 

Draft Report On California SB 1383 Costs Of Compliance

CalRecycle invites stakeholders to review and provide feedback on a draft report, “SB 1383 Local Services Rates Analysis,” submitted by R3 Consulting Group as part of a study completed under a CalRecycle contract.

Microhauling Organics In NYC

New York City’s new Commercial Waste Zone Law has carve-out for small-scale organics collection.
Meredith Danberg-Ficarelli, Renée Peperone and Sandy Nurse

Deploying Capital To Help Organics Recyclers Scale
Nikhil Garg. Aries Clean Energy facility—one of Spring Lane Capital’s early investments.

Private equity firm focuses on catalytic project capital investments in the energy, water, food and waste industries.
Nora Goldstein

Treatment Of PFAS-Contaminated Composting Site Runoff
Figure 2. Flocculation of fine particles with a polymer followed by a quiescent settling chamber or tank

2020 PFAS Update Series, Part II
Requirements in Minnesota for treatment of composting site “contact water” that contains PFAS prompted analysis of available technologies.
Craig Coker

BioCycle World

• School Food Recovery Act
• Collective Adoption Of Sustainable Behavior
• GHG Emissions Reductions In Massachusetts

Composting Roundup
London Correctional Institution composting facility

• New Composting Facility At Ohio Correctional Institution
• CalRecycle Adopts Mandatory Composting Services Regulations

Anaerobic Digest

• RNG Market Analysis
• SoCalGas Pushes Ahead With RNG

Equipment News
BDP agitator (left) installed at the Bennington WWTP, which turns material as it moves down the composting bays (right).

• Agitated Bay Biosolids Facility Back On Line