Cover: BioCycle January 2019
BioCycle January 2019

Benefits of preventive maintenance, such as inspecting and lubricating bearings (as seen on cover), include less downtime and reduced costs.

Editorial: 2019 = 60 Years Of BioCycle
Nora Goldstein, Editor, BioCycle

Nora Goldstein
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BioCycle World
Dianne Saxe

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Composting Roundup
Solana Center For Environmental Innovation’s food waste drop-off

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Anaerobic Digest

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Food Waste Composting Infrastructure In The U.S.
Figure 4. Composting methods utilizedat full-scale food wastecomposting facilities

A recently completed BioCycle survey identified a total of 185 full-scale food waste composting facilities in the U.S.
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle January 2019, Vol. 60 No. 1, p. 23

Managing Compost And Mulch Fires
Photos taken from the safety of a vehicle illustrate the level of devastation at the LCEC. High winds at 50 mph spread the Creek Fire through the site, quickly engulfing large equipment.

Planning for proper procedures to prevent fires, and to manage them when they occur, are key components of every facility’s operation protocol.
Craig Coker
BioCycle January 2019, Vol. 60 No. 1, p. 26

Composting Facility Maintenance
Infrared thermography uses a specialty camera (below) that displays and captures images color-coded by temperature (top, right). Users can quickly identify high temperatures on rotating equipment such as a bearing (bottom, right).

Composting facilities can develop a maintenance plan to ensure that the right resources are being used at the right time, minimizing surprises.
Jeff Ziegenbein
BioCycle January 2019, Vol. 60, No. 1, p. 29

Positioning Your Product For Sales Success
Market positioning considerations include typical characteristics of your product and how well it meets the requirements of your end markets, e.g., topdressing.

Appropriate engagement of the marketplace, and investing in sales staff and tools, are key factors in developing a successful compost marketing program.
Ron Alexander
BioCycle January 2019, Vol. 60 No. 1, p. 34

Agriculture, Compost And Water Quality Intersections
Agriculture, Compost And Water Quality Intersections

A more defined connection between compost, soil health, and water quality is vital for inclusion in predictive watershed modeling and consequently, nutrient management plans.
Tom Zimnicki
BioCycle January 2019, Vol. 60 No. 1, p. 37

The Composting Culture
CompostNow’s engagement includes: attend farmers markets, speak in classrooms, meet with city officials and other community stakeholders, partner with community farms and gardens, and tour groups through its composting locations.

Municipalities and communities of all sizes are putting forth a growing investment to bring the composting experience to the consumer.
David Paull
BioCycle January 2019, Vol. 60 No. 1, p. 39

Should My Composting Facility Invest In A Fabric Structure?
Depending on the manufacturer, fabric buildings provide a clean span design that is absent of support posts. This enables operators to arrange their composting facility for maximum efficiency.

Factors to consider are discussed in this Question and Answer article.
Jessica Batchelor
BioCycle January 2019, Vol. 60 No. 1, p. 41

Smithfield Foods Goes Big On Biogas
Preconditioned biogas from the farms is routed to Optima KV’s central gas clean-up facility (above) on Smithfield Foods’ property. The cleaned biomethane is pressurized to pipeline standards and sold to Duke Energy.

A commitment to anaerobic digestion on 90 percent of its hog finishing farms in 3 states was followed by formation of a joint venture with Dominion Energy, called Align Renewable Natural Gas.
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle January 2019, Vol. 60 No. 1, p. 44

Digester Developer Finds Sweet Spots
Aerial photo of Crescent Farm facility.

Vanguard Renewables uses an “everybody wins” approach as it builds, owns and operates anaerobic digesters on dairy farms to process food waste and manure.
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle January 2019, Vol. 60 No. 1, p. 47

Connections: Fasten Your Seatbelt
Sally Brown

Sally Brown
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Equipment News
Eco-Products: “Official Zero Waste Partner” of Vail Resorts

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