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

BIOCYCLE CONNECT WEST 2020 Has Been Cancelled

The JG Press, Inc. has finalized the cancellation of the BIOCYCLE CONNECT WEST 2020 conference with the host facility.

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

Composting Business Management: Composting Facility Operating Cost Estimates
Compost Business Management

Composting is essentially a materials handling exercise. It takes a certain amount of time, at a certain cost, to perform each task in the compost manufacturing process. Part III
Craig Coker

Urban Compost Math — Calculating Carbon Offsets
King County existing program, -0.52 tons of CO2 per dry ton biosolids

Research study modeled likely rates of carbon sequestration for urban uses of compost. Applications included growing lawns, trees, urban agriculture and for use alongside urban roadways.
Sally Brown

NYC City Council To Consider Mandatory Organics Recycling
NYC Availability of residential curbside organics collection, as of March 2020

The New York City Council issued a policy paper this month, “Securing Our Future: Strategies for NYC in the Fight Against Climate Change,” that focuses on four key areas: Resiliency; Energy and Emissions; Sustainable, Circular Economy; and Green Jobs Pipeline.

Baltimore’s Fair Development Plan For Zero Waste
Baltimore's Fair Development Plan For Zero Waste

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance worked with Zero Waste Associates to prepare Baltimore’s Fair Development Plan for Zero Waste for United Workers of Baltimore.

Food Waste Reduction Roadmap For Farms
WRAP's Hand-harvested crops grower guidance

New guidance released on March 17 by the United Kingdom’s Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) provides growers with advice on how best to measure food surplus and waste on farms to identify the causes — and to help inform where action is needed.

PFAS At Minnesota Composting Sites
PFAS At Minnesota Composting Sites

State releases findings of contact water testing at source separated organics and yard trimmings only composting sites.

Lessons In Community Composting: A Series
Molly Lindsay

Monthly series focuses on organics recycling that builds connections to waste on an individual level, which then percolates throughout the community.
Molly Lindsay

Composting Business Management: Capital Cost Of Composting Facility Construction
Composting pad construction

Main categories include site development, and equipment for processing and process monitoring. Part II
Craig Coker

Biogas, Compost In Proposed Ag Resilience Act
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine)

On Feb. 26, 2020, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) introduced the Agriculture Resilience Act (ARA), comprehensive legislation that sets a vision of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in U.S. agriculture by the year 2040.

Counting Food Waste Tons Landfilled In Central Ohio

he Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) released the findings of its 2019 Waste Characterization, which documented that up to 76% of the material currently being sent to the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill could be recycled or composted.

Seeking Farmer Perspectives On AD
Survey on “Farmer Perspectives & Investment in Anaerobic Digestion

Risa Lewis, an undergraduate in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources program at the University of Connecticut, has focused her senior thesis on on-farm anaerobic digestion in the Northeastern United States. A component of Lewis’ thesis is to conduct a survey on “Farmer Perspectives & Investment in Anaerobic Digestion”.

Design Plans For Low Cost Rotary Drum

A low-tech rotary drum composting unit to compost food waste is in use at several schools. The design is free to download.
Bob Spencer

California Becomes First State To Mandate Universal Composting Services For Residents And Businesses
Green waste, food scraps and manure are delivered six days a week and piled into a windrow using a front-end loader.

Three years after California’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy (SB 1383, Lara) was signed into law, formal regulations were adopted by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) at a public meeting today and will be transmitted to the Office of Administrative Law for final codification.

Connections: Compost + Rainwater Infiltration
Sally Brown

It’s all about increasing soil pore space.
Sally Brown

Managing PFAS Chemicals In Composting And Anaerobic Digestion
Sampling For PFAS

2020 PFAS Update Series, Part I
New series explores ramifications of PFAS in recycled organics and process storm water — and technology options to treat the contamination. Part I
Craig Coker

Biogas Tax Credits Resurrected
Anaerobic digesters producing electricity quality for PTC and ITC tax extender credits.

Under new law tax credits come to life again, for some anaerobic digesters.
Michael H. Levin

BioCycle World
METRO food waste programs

• Mandatory Food Waste Ordinance Adoption
• January 31 NEBRA PFAS Update Webinar
• Taco Bell Commits To Packaging Reboot

Composting Roundup

• CompostNow Raises $2 Million
• Rolling Out Residential Collection In Wisconsin