Cover: BioCycle September 2018
BioCycle September 2018

BioCycle REFOR18 Conference Preview section:
Federal Biogas Policies Update
Fate Of Compostable Bags In Digester Field Trials
Organic Waste Bans And Recycling Laws To Reduce Food Waste
Technology Combo Yields RNG And Compost
Moving The Biogas Needle In North Carolina

Editorial: Dollars And Sense
Nora Goldstein, Editor, BioCycle

BioCycle September 2018, Vol. 59, No. 8, p. 4
Nora Goldstein

BioCycle World
Francis R. Gouin

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Composting Roundup
Harvest Power's Fraser Richmond Organics facility (near Vancouver, British Columbia)

BioCycle September 2018, Vol. 59, No. 8, p. 15

Anaerobic Digest

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Federal Biogas Policies Update
Federal Biogas Policies Update

The 2018 Farm Bill Reauthorization, U.S. EPA renewable fuel targets, and carbon utilization are among the legislative and federal agency activities in 2018.
Maureen Walsh
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Fate Of Compostable Bags In Digester Field Trials
Compostable plastic film fragments sorted out from biowaste and cleaned prior to analysis.

Certified biodegradable and compostable bags containing municipal biowaste were processed at four German facilities with AD and composting systems.
M. Kern, T. Turk, A. Hüttner and U. Koj
BioCycle September 2018, Vol. 59, No. 8, p. 30

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Organic Waste Bans And Recycling Laws To Tackle Food Waste
Organic Waste Bans And Recycling Laws To Tackle Food Waste

State and local governments have explored policy avenues to reduce and manage food waste.
E. Broad Leib, K. Sandson, L. Macaluso and C. Mansell
BioCycle September 2018, Vol. 59, No. 8, p. 35

Technology Combo Yields RNG And Compost
Leachate from the dry AD tunnels is collected and put into the wet AD tank along with any liquid organics that Surrey Biofuel receives.

The Surrey Biofuel facility employs wet and dry anaerobic digestion, and tunnel composting, to manage municipal and commercial organics.
Peter Gorrie
BioCycle September 2018, Vol. 59, No. 8, p. 42

Moving The Biogas Needle In North Carolina
A microgrid pilot project was installed at Butler Farms, a hog producer with an anaerobic digester. Components include a battery system and controller (below), solar panels, a diesel generator and a biogas-powered generator.

Could this state serve as a national model for how to catalyze the biogas economy?
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle September 2018, Vol. 59, No. 8, p. 46

Extreme Composting At Standing Rock
Filled bags were put in 55-gallon black contractor bags and stored in 40-foot shipping containers.

Composting toilets were put into action at a temporary camp for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Marsha W. Johnston
BioCycle September 2018, Vol. 59, No. 8, p. 50

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Home Composting Infrastructure To Manage Organics
The City of Orlando created Valentine’s Day cards that residents could use to gift a home composter to a loved one as part of its “Get Dirty” campaign.

New report from Institute for Local Self-Reliance details benefits of home composting for local government.
Brenda Platt, Colton Fagundes and Virginia Streeter
BioCycle September 2018, Vol. 59, No. 8, p. 54

Testing Vermicompost In Hydroponic Systems
Figure 1. Mean yield of lettuce grown in various ratios of hydroponic nutrient solutions and vermicompost (VC) teas

Alternative sources of nutrients such as organic-based vermicomposts could supplement a large portion of conventional fossil fuel-based hydroponic solutions.
N.Q. Arancon, John Dean Owens and C. Converse
BioCycle September 2018, Vol. 59, No. 8, p. 58

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Connections: Back To Composting School
Sally Brown

Sally Brown
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Equipment News
HRS Heat Exchangers

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