Cover: BioCycle March/April 2019
BioCycle March/April 2019

The BioCycle WEST COAST19 Conference Preview. Articles cover the range of topics and issues to be presented in the Workshops and Sessions.

Editorial: Panic And Prosper
Nora Goldstein, Editor, BioCycle

Nora Goldstein
BioCycle March/April 2019, Vol. 60 No. 3, p. 4

BioCycle World

BioCycle March/April 2019, Vol. 60 No. 3, p. 6

Composting Roundup
Collins Farm

BioCycle March/April 2019, Vol. 60 No. 3, p. 15

Anaerobic Digest

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Is Organic Certification Right For Your Compost?
Number of certified organic farms by state, 2016

The ability to produce a ”Listable” product greatly depends on its input materials and how those are processed. Typical composts and digestates are relatively inexpensive to List.
Ron Alexander
BioCycle March/April 2019, Vol. 60 No. 3, p. 23

Setting Rates For Organics Diversion In California
Setting Rates For Organics Diversion In California

The next few years present a paradigm shift in the handling of solid waste, and organic waste in particular, which has real impacts on programs and, consequently, the rates charged to customers.
Carrie Baxter
BioCycle March/April 2019, Vol. 60 No. 3, p. 27

Environmental Impacts Of Packaging Options
Figure 1. Material attribute evaluation framework and guide to charts

Oregon DEQ study analyzed if materials with compostable and biobased attributes consistently have lower environmental impacts than materials without the attributes.
Allaway, J. Rivin, M. Mistry and P. Canepa
BioCycle March/April 2019, Vol. 60 No. 3, p. 30

Commentary: Zero Waste Requires Visionary Thinking

Rhodes Yepsen
BioCycle March/April 2019, Vol. 60 No. 3, p. 35

Biogas To RNG Projects: What, Why And How
Figure 2. Greenhouse gas emission reduction by fuel type

With prices for renewable electricity low in many states, biogas producers are turning to the renewable natural gas marketplace. This road map is a valuable navigation tool.
Brad Pleima
BioCycle March/April 2019, Vol. 60 No. 3, p. 38

101 For Low Carbon Fuel Standard
In-state RNG projects, such as this anaerobic digestion facility in South San Francisco, are eligible under the LCFS for either self-use, direct sale as a conventional fuel replacement, or by injecting into a pipeline and demonstrating RNG use as a vehicle fuel.

California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, which grew out of the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act, is stimulating markets for biogas, including renewable natural gas.
Paul Greene
BioCycle March/April 2019, Vol. 60 No. 3, p. 43

2019 Renewable Fuel Standard Update

Three associations, including the American Biogas Council, filed a petition in February to activate the renewable electricity pathway of the RFS. Maureen Walsh BioCycle March/April 2019, Vol. 60 No. 3, p. 46 On February 6, 2019, the RFS Power Coalition, newly formed by the American Biogas Council (ABC), Biomass Power Association (BPA) and Energy Recovery

Managing Moisture In The Desert
With strict dust control requirements, maximizing composting moisture content and using dust suppression equipment are key to operations in the desert environment.

At the City of Phoenix’s aerated composting facility, air is preconditioned with moisture to mitigate overdrying of the piles, also providing a cooler air stream to the biofilter.
Craig Coker
BioCycle March/April 2019, Vol. 60 No. 3, p. 48

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Rhode To End Hunger

Rhode Island Department of Health program addresses the related issues of food wastage and state residents going hungry by connecting food donors and receivers such as pantries.
Kristy M. Whitcomb
BioCycle March/April 2019, Vol. 60 No. 3, p. 52

Practical How To Compost Guide
"Community-Scale Composting Systems" by James McSweeney

New book, Community-Scale Composting Systems, covers a spectrum of topics related to composting program development and management.
Rich Flammer
BioCycle March/April 2019, Vol. 60 No. 3, p. 54

Toronto Advances RNG Projects
The City of Toronto’s Dufferin anaerobic digestion facility generates over 5 million cubic meters/year of biogas and is scheduled to begin injecting RNG into the Enbridge pipeline by early 2020.

Biogas produced from anaerobic digestion of residential organics is on track to be upgraded to renewable natural gas via partnership with gas utility.
Peter Gorrie
BioCycle March/April 2019, Vol. 60 No. 3, p. 56

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Maryland Nutrient Trading Update
The final rule bars direct trades between wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) as a means to avoid new pollution “hotspots” and requires a tighter WWTP “performance baseline” for trades of credits from WWTPs to other sources.

Recent developments in the state of Maryland show that progress can be a work in progress.
Michael H. Levin
BioCycle March/April 2019, Vol. 60 No. 3, p. 60

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Connection: Beach Glass
Sally Brown

Sally Brown
BioCycle March/April 2019, Vol. 60 No. 3, p. 63

Equipment News
BioCycle WEST COAST19 Exhibit Hall

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