Lessons In Community Composting: Collection and Processing — Growth And Insights
Rising Sand Organics

Community Composting can be done at different scales depending on business focus, location and goals for growth. The various methods and systems make each operation unique. Part III

AD Update: RINs “Hardship Waivers”

The Tenth Circuit’s decision invalidating most small refinery” waivers triggers familiar tidal waves.
Michael H. Levin

Remembering Eliot Epstein — Mentor And Composting Scientist
Todd Williams and Eliot Epstein

It is only fitting that we give tribute to Dr. Epstein’s legacy as a world-renowned scientist, visionary, teacher, mentor, friend and family man.
Todd Williams

Live And In Person … Telling Our Organics Recycling Stories
Nora Goldstein, BioCycle Editor and Publisher

In January, Ryan Cooper and Katie Kinnear of Rubicon® visited BioCycle’s office in Emmaus, Pennsylvania (PA), to learn more about our company’s history and to get our take on all things organics recycling — from source reduction to zero waste, with a focus on food. Rubicon is a technology company that provides smart waste and recycling solutions to businesses and governments worldwide.

California’s SB 1383 Requires Water Efficient Landscapes

At a workshop at BioCycle’s WEST COAST18 Conference in March 2018 titled, “Compost & Digestate Volumes Are Increasing — Are California Markets Ready?,” MWELO was recognized as a tool for compost market development, but one that wasn’t strictly enforced. With California’s SB 1383 Short-Live Climate Pollutants Reduction Act requiring compost and mulch procurement by jurisdictions, use of the ordinance may increase.

NYS Organics Summit Webinar Recordings

Like many planned events this spring, the annual New York State (NYS) Organics Summit, sponsored by the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling, was cancelled. Instead, several sessions planned for the Summit were held as webinars throughout May. The recordings of each webinar are now available.

Incorporating Depackaging Into Composting Operation

Missouri Organics Recycling has been composting food waste since 2005. It recently invested in a depackaging system to manage contamination and expand the range of materials accepted.
Kevin Anderson and Stan Slaughter

Biogas-To-RNG Project Developer Is Ready To Move The Needle

BioCycle interviewed Bob Powell, founder and CEO of Brightmark, about his company’s growth trajectory in the anaerobic digestion and RNG space.
Nora Goldstein

Compostable Resins Company Celebrates 30th Year

Novamont, based in Novara, Italy, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The bioplastics company, which creates biochemicals and bioproducts, focuses on the integration of chemistry, agriculture and the environment.

Policies To Put Carbon Back In Soils
Barriers impeding soil carbon storage

Carbon 180, the Center for Carbon Renewal, spent the last 3 years working with producers, local organizations, and policymakers in the Rocky Mountain states to understand how policies and science can modernize to support practices that put carbon back into soils.

Biomethane Usage Grows In Europe
Biomethane use in Europe

The natural gas vehicle fleet in Europe is running with 17% biomethane on average, reports the Natural & bio Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA Europe).

Editorial: Pandemic-Induced Organics Recycling
Nora Goldstein, BioCycle Editor

We hope that everyone is staying healthy during this ongoing COVID 19 pandemic. Business as usual is anything but usual, as all of you are likely experiencing as well.
Nora Goldstein

Connections: Why Regenerative Agriculture Needs Recycled Organics
Sally Brown

The importance of recycled organics in regenerative agriculture needs to be understood, not only by the municipalities that manage the feedstocks, but also by climate strategists and most importantly, state and federal agencies. Part VII
Sally Brown

Madison, Wisconsin Rolls Out Food Scraps Drop-Off
Madison, Wisconsin Streets Division food waste drop-off site

The City of Madison began accepting food scraps for recycling at all three of its Streets Division drop-off sites. “This is a special voluntary recycling program available only at the drop-off sites,” explains Bryan Johnson, Madison’s recycling coordinator.

Depackaging And Digestion Demo In California
Smicon depackaging hopper (left), mobile, skid-mounted digesters (right)

A multiyear food waste-to-energy demonstration project in Goleta, California has been evaluating a source separated organics (SSO) food waste depackaging system followed by anaerobic digestion (AD) of the slurried organics.

Controlling Industrial PFAS Discharges In Michigan
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)

According to an updated Environmental Working Group (EWG) analysis of government data, at least 2,500 industrial facilities across the nation could be discharging PFAS (Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances) into the air and water.

How Much Do Organics Recycling Businesses Contribute To Australia’s Economy?

A new report commissioned by the Australian Organics Recycling Association finds 7.5 million metric tons of organics recycled, putting more than $2 billion into the country’s economy.

Commentary: Composting Is Path Forward In Post Corona World
Jeremy Brosowsky

It’s good for the environment and empowers us to live our values. And it’s the composting mindset that will get us through the pandemic.
Jeremy Brosowsky

Connections: What’s Cooking?
Sally Brown

Finding the ingredients to make a potting mix that plants will love from Class A digested biosolids entails trying a range of recipes, sniff tests and parameter measuring.
Sally Brown

Natural Gas Utility Announces New Source Of RNG

FortisBC, a natural gas utility in British Columbia (BC), has a “30BY30” target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030.

California’s SB 1383 Compost And Mulch Procurement Factsheets

The regulations for California Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383), the Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Reduction Act, are in the final public comment period, established to review “nonsubstantive” changes that do not impact the scope of the regulations.

Market Opportunities For Biosolids

A new study, “North American Biosolids Management Market, Forecast to 2024,” examines growth opportunities for biosolids products.

AgSTAR’s New Digester Project Development Handbook
AgSTAR’s New Digester Project Development Handbook

Hot off the “press,” AgSTAR’s updated handbook is a comprehensive compilation of the latest knowledge in the industry on best practices for anaerobic digestion and biogas systems.
Nick Elger and Vanessa McKinney

Connections: Too Much Nitrogen To Eat
Sally Brown

We’ve gone from famine to feast when it comes to nutrients to help plants grow. One example is nitrogen. Here’s a climate-smart strategy to wean off synthetic N by using the N in recycled organics.
Sally Brown

Draft Soil Enrichment Protocol Incentivizes Carbon Storage

The Climate Action Reserve (CAR) released a first draft of its new Soil Enrichment Protocol (SEP) on April 17th that gives carbon credits for regenerative farming practices.

Letter From Scotland: COVID-19 Impact On AD Sector
Robin Szmidt

Robin Szmidt, Director of Target Renewables, writes the BioCycle Community from his home in Scotland.

EPA Food Recovery Challenge Awards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the winners — both nationally and by EPA Region — of its 2019 Food Recovery Challenge (FRC) winners.

Lessons In Community Composting: Business Focus And Structure
Common Ground Compost (top) and Reclaimed Organics (bottom)

Determining focus generally starts by seeing a need in the community and wanting to provide a solution. The structure supports your overall mission and enables it to scale over time. Plus a COVID-19 update. Part II
Molly Lindsay

Digesting Dumped Milk, RNG For Sea-Tac
Dairy cow milking

The last week has been chock full of anaerobic digestion and biogas news. This roundup includes tips for adding COVID-caused unsold milk to digesters and the latest on a major airport becoming a major RNG offtaker.
Nora Goldstein

Connections: Irrigation + Compost Math
Sally Brown

How much does adding compost to production agriculture soils reduce irrigation needs? Let’s do the math. Part V.2
Sally Brown

New Jersey Governor Signs Food Waste Mandate
New Jersey food waste composting

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the food waste recycling mandate passed by the state legislature on March 5. A2371/S865 requires recycling of food waste by “large food waste generators” (i.e., certain commercial and institutional entities that produce at least 52 tons/year of preconsumer food waste)

COVID-19 Budget Cuts Cause Temporary Suspension Of NYC Organics Collection

The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) announced on April 17 that, due to COVID-19 budget cuts, it is suspending the voluntary curbside composting program for food scraps and yard trimmings, beginning May 4, 2020.

Many Ways To Celebrate Compost In 2020
ICAW Poster 2020

Environmental and recycling businesses, organizations, community groups and individuals around the U.S. are making plans to celebrate the annual International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), May 3-9, 2020.

Connections: Why Compost Is Cheapest Irrigation System
Sally Brown

The bottom line is more organic matter means that the soil holds more water. Part V.1
Sally Brown

Seattle’s Winning Strategy For Managing Organics
Seattle's three collection bins

When programs, garbage collection fees, or regulations cause households to move organics out of the garbage cart and into the organics cart, costs for managing MSW go down.
Jeffrey Morris

Book Review: “The Waste Between Our Ears”
The Waste Between Our Ears

In times of rising heat, fire and rising waters, this new book by Gerry Gillespie presents recycling and composting as the means to achieve a zero waste economy.
Neil Seldman

Readers Respond: COVID-19 And Organics Recycling
BioCycle readers

The BioCycle Community replies to Sally Brown

Market Opportunities for Anaerobic Digestion In India
Market Opportunities for Anaerobic Digestion of Livestock and Agro-Industrial Waste in India

Under the auspices of the Global Methane Initiative, U.S. EPA developed a report, “Market Opportunities for Anaerobic Digestion of Livestock and Agro-Industrial Wastes in India,” to help inform project developers, policymakers, and other interested stakeholders about the potential for biogas capture and use in India.

Food Waste Solutions Amid The Pandemic
ReFED, Better Together: Food system best practices for navigating COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how food waste solution providers and food businesses must operate to safely do their work, states ReFED, a food-focused organization.

Letter To The BioCycle Community: COVID-19 And Organics Recycling

Our existing knowledge of the behavior of coronaviruses in the environment can be applied to the current outbreak.
Sally Brown

Feed Chickens, Not Landfills
chickens eat food waste

A backyard chicken is expected to consume approximately 1.6 pounds of food scraps per week.
Maureen Breen

Composting Business Management: Composter Tool For Triple Bottom Line Assessment
Compost Business Management

TBL is a nonfinancial analytical tool that uses economic, environmental and social criteria to answer the question: “Is this a good long-term investment?” Part V
Craig Coker

International Outlook For Biogas, Biomethane

A new International Energy Agency (IEA) study provides estimates of the sustainable potential for biogas and biomethane supply based on a detailed assessment of feedstock availability and production costs across all regions of the world.

Modify, Don’t Rescind Bag Bans
Seattle accepted bags

The City of Seattle, Washington has had ordinances restricting use of plastic bags and food service packaging for many years. In a notification to parties required to comply with the rules, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) acknowledges that the COVID-19 crisis is impacting grocery and other food service retailer operations and may temporarily affect compliance with requirements.

BPI, AgSTAR Announcements

The Biodegradable Products Institute’s (BPI) Stakeholder Members are entities with an interest in BPI’s mission and the broader effort to keep organics out of landfills, but who don’t currently certify materials, products or packaging.

Organic On The Front Line Of California’s Climate Resilience
Figure 1. Organics builds healthy communities from the soil up to the economy.

Fundamentally, organic farming practices, including use of compost, build healthy soils that store carbon and water — and yield food that builds healthy people.
Nora Goldstein

Composting Business Management: Net Present Value Of Composting Expenditures
Compost Business Management

Steps to compare costs when evaluating alternatives for significant expenditures such as site development or an equipment purchase. Part IV
Craig Coker

Connections: Hail To The Trees … And The Biosolids

Drawdown series continues with carbon sequestration related to trees and the benefits of adding recycled organics. Part IV
Sally Brown

COVID-19 Resources For Organics Recycling Operations

Ireland’s Cré, the Mid-Atlantic Biosolids Association (MABA), and the US Composting Council (USCC) provided their members with links to valuable guidance for managers and employees of composting and anaerobic digestion facilities, wastewater treatment plants, and biosolids recycling programs. We’ve compiled them for easy access.

Biomethane Pathway To 2030
Biomethane: The Pathway To 2030

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of the United Kingdom’s Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA), wrote the following in the foreword to “Biomethane: The Pathway To 2030,” an ADBA report released in early March: “Time and time again, prominent organizations with the ear of our government have highlighted biomethane’s vital role in the [current] decade of decarbonization.

ISWA Global Assessment Of Municipal Organics
Estimated quantities of MSW produced per capita per day and the contribution of mega cities

The International Solid Waste Association’s Working Group on the Biological Treatment of Waste (WGBTW) released the Global Assessment Of Municipal Organic Waste Production And Recycling in mid-March, authored by Marco Ricci-Jürgensen, Jane Gilbert and Aditi Ramola. The report summarizes global estimates of the amount of organic solid wastes produced — principally from municipal origin — and separately collected (source segregated) and treated through a composting and/or anaerobic digestion process.

COVID-19: A Biosolids Science Perspective

Remember those good old days about 6 weeks ago, when our major concern was PFAS? That all changed in Seattle a few weeks back. And the rest of the country has quickly followed suit.
Sally Brown

SB 1383: A Revolution For Organic Waste

Following a brief public comment period, regulations to implement California’s sweeping changes to organics management will be in place.
Heather Jones