Cover: BioCycle May/June 2019
BioCycle May/June 2019

Earth Care Farm in Charlestown, Rhode Island has been making high quality compost since 1977. Cover story begins on page 15. Photo courtesy of Earth Care Farm. Inset photo by Taylor Cann.

Editorial: Mission Critical
Nora Goldstein, Editor, BioCycle

Nora Goldstein
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BioCycle World
BioCycle REFOR19 Conference, Renewable Energy From Organics Recycling

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Composting Roundup
Soil Cycles of Harrisonburg, Virginia, collects local food waste via bicycle.

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Anaerobic Digest
Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) announce joint venture: Monarch Bioenergy. Partnership will produce RNG from Missouri hog farm manure, deliver ecological services and develop wildlife habitat for monarch butterflies.

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High Quality Compost Farm
The 40-year old family business was started by Michael and Betty Merner (far right), and is now owned by their daughter, Jayne Merner Senecal (3rd from right). Also pictured are several of the Merner’s grandchildren (from left to right, Cooper, Caitlyn and Kaleigh).

Forty-year old farm and composting operation is guided by the intention of creating a place to grow food and make a product that enriches the soils of New England.
Nora Goldstein
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Lean Compost Manufacturing
Tweaking the layout of an operation so processing takes place toward the front of the yard (above), and incoming material is unloaded in the back of the yard, reduces the number of times material has to be handled.

When effectively implemented, adopting lean manufacturing principles can help improve quality, bring efficiency to production and delivery times, and lower associated costs.
Matt Eul
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Winning Food Waste Reduction Strategy
Source separated kitchen food waste and material from the employee restaurant are composted at the City of San Diego’s Miramar Greenery.

What does it take for one of the largest hotels in San Diego, California, to reduce food waste?
Ana Carvalho
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Solana Center Closes The Loop
Solana Center's food cycle flow

Households, organizations and event organizers receive buckets to collect food waste and bokashi bran to mix in. Participants drop full buckets at Solana Center, where contents are composted.
Jessica Toth
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Revisiting And Reframing Risk
Biosolids Compost Exposure Pathways Assumptions

Study examines how to relate concentrations of a select group of personal care and pharmaceutical products found in biosolids and biosolids composts to concentrations in these products for normal home use.
Sally Brown
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Small-Scale Dairy Digester Fits The Bill
Allen Farms installed an anaerobic digester consisting of two fermentation vessels. Manure, used bed pack and crop residues from the 130-cow dairy operation are processed.

Wisconsin farm digester processes 82 percent manure, 12 percent bed pack/manure,
and 6 percent food waste.
Dan Emerson
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Fueling Trash Trucks With RNG
The City of Longmont, Colorado expects to be fueling 11 new collection vehicles by the end of 2019 with RNG from the biogas generatedat the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

Replacing 90,000 gallons of diesel fuel with RNG will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 1,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents annually.
Marsha Johnston
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Power Of Sustainability To Change Inmates’ Lives
The first component of the certificate program introduces students to fundamentals of organic agriculture through classroom lessons.

Collaborative noncredit certificate program provides experiential learning in composting, urban greening and sustainable land care to low-risk inmates in the Philadelphia prison system.
James F. Duffy
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Commentary: Dear Plastics Industry — We Are Headed For A Divorce
Kate Bailey

Kate Bailey
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Equipment News
Smalis Conveyors custom builds conveyors to fit a recycler’s specific needs.

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