BioCycle World
A Strategic Guide for Using Data to Drive Food Loss and Waste

BioCycle October 2017, Vol. 58, No. 9, p. 6

Composting Roundup
Central Soils' (New Zealand) Loadscan volumetric scanner

BioCycle August 2017, Vol. 58, No. 7, p. 13

Composting Roundup
Gail Kozel Foley in malt field

Pale Ale, With Boost From Compost • District Ramps Up Composting, Food Waste Diversion • Composting Foundation Seeks Young Investigators • Soil-To-Soil Textile Production
BioCycle May 2017, Vol. 58, No. 4, p. 12

Connections: Soils Alive!
Sally Brown

Sally Brown
BioCycle May 2017, Vol. 58, No. 4, p. 54

Site Restoration With Compost And Subsoiling
Figure 1. Before (a) and after (b) aerial photographs of subsoiling test site at elementary school near Baltimore, MD showing the suburban subsoiling treatment area (SS), the topsoiling treatment area (TS) and the control reference site (RS)

Field-scale trial utilizes urban soil husbandry practices — compost amendment and soil decompaction — to earn an impervious area reduction credit.
Craig Coker and Stuart Schwartz
BioCycle March/April 2017, Vol. 58, No. 3, p. 50

California Climate Smart Ag Initiative Launched
Cover crops in an orchard reduce soil erosion.

Gov. Jerry Brown announced creation of the Healthy Soils Initiative in 2015. A recent Summit brought stakeholders together to discuss implementation and funding.
Chelsea Mitchell
BioCycle March/April 2017, Vol. 58, No. 3, p. 63

Connections: Soil Glue
Sally Brown

Sally Brown
BioCycle March/April 2017, Vol. 58, No. 3, p. 69

BioCycle World
Hierarchy to reduce food waste and grow community

BioCycle February 2017, Vol. 58, No. 2, p. 6

University Campus Restoration Earns SITES Certification
Storm water is directed through a series of arroyo and acequia bioswales, which reconnect historic arroyos that were filled during UTEP’s construction. Compost was added to soils where needed to increase organic matter.

Project is designed to mimic the function of natural desert riparian corridors using native soils, rocks and vegetation to slow and cleanse storm water.
Sarah Buente and Heather Venhaus
BioCycle December 2016, Vol. 57, No. 11, p. 20

Breaking News: Composting Collaborative Launch, Nov. 17, 2016

Composting Collaborative was officially launched on November 17 in Washington, D.C. The Collaborative was created by GreenBlue, in partnership with BioCycle and the US Composting Council, to drive sustainable materials management of organics and all compostables.

Composting Tool For Drug Addiction Rehab
Paper, food scraps from grocery stores and yard trimmings from the main floral distributor in the city of São Pedro de Alcântara are composted at SSRTC.

Clinic in Brazil uses participation in composting program as therapy for its patients.
Ana Carvalho
BioCycle October 2016, Vol. 57, No. 9, p. 25

Connections: New Green Revolution
Sally Brown

Sally Brown
BioCycle October 2016, Vol. 57, No. 9, p. 46

Using Drones To Measure Compost Piles
Example of flight patterns for drone.

Unmanned Aerial Systems provide composting facilities with more accurate data to manage inventory, contract grinding — and perhaps detect hot spots in piles.
Craig Coker
BioCycle July 2016, Vol. 57, No. 6, p. 17

Diversifying Into Compost Soil Blends
In 2015, Luck Ecosystems incorporated over 11,000 cubic yards of compost into its products at its blending and screening facility (above), including a biofiltration media (left) used in rain gardens (right).

Virginia mining company purchases compost to meet certain soil and amendment blend specifications.
Molly Farrell Tucker
BioCycle July 2016, Vol. 57, No. 6, p. 20

Composting Roundup
Jack Johnson

BioCycle June 2016, Vol. 57, No. 5, p. 10 Stamford, Connecticut: Celebrities Promote Composting As part of its ongoing educational mission, Sustainable America has released a mini documentary in which popular singer Jack Johnson teaches Hawaiian school children why they should compost. In the video, Johnson visits Lanikai Elementary Public Charter School in Oahu and

Connections: Color Purple
Sally Brown

Sally Brown
BioCycle June 2016, Vol. 57, No. 5, p. 54

Campus Composting Closes Food System Loop
A 4-bin composting system (left) was installed at the campus’ newly constructed Intergenerational Garden (right).

Cuyamaca College in San Diego County involves young children, students and seniors in composting
and gardening on campus.
Rich Flammer
BioCycle March/April 2016, Vol. 57, No. 3, p. 41

Connections: Grow Your Own
Sally Brown

Sally Brown
BioCycle March/April 2016, Vol. 57, No. 3, p. 70

Low Lead Poisoning Risk From Urban Gardening
Researchers found that plants actually take up very little lead in their stems and leaves, and are safe to eat.

Recently published journal article finds low risk of lead poisoning when growing food in urban soils. Using compost is a key tool in risk mitigation.
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle February 2016, Vol. 57, No. 2, p. 26

BioCycle World

BioCycle January 2016, Vol. 57, No. 1 p. 6

Connections: Bolted Lettuce

Sally Brown
BioCycle January 2016, Vol. 57, No. 1 p.63

Connections: Mud Pies

Sally Brown
BioCycle September 2015, Vol. 56, No. 8, p. 69

Connections: California Almonds

Sally Brown
BioCycle June 2015, Vol. 56, No. 5, p. 53

“Soil Health” And Compost
Compost is spread heavily to focus fertility for row crops on Gardens of Eagan farm in Eureka Township, Minnesota.

Healthy soil is critical to feeding the world’s growing population and mitigating impacts of climate change. But how to define “soil health” is tricky.
Ron Alexander
BioCycle January 2015, Vol. 56, No. 1, p. 39

Connections: Understanding Urban Soil Lead

Sally Brown
BioCycle December 2014, Vol. 55, No. 11, p. 46

Connections: Dirt Cheap
Sally Brown

Sally Brown
BioCycle November 2014, Vol. 55, No. 10, p. 54

Composting Roundup
Compostable cutlery dispersed in bay; overs (with pen for scale); unders (with glove for scale)

BioCycle November 2014, Vol. 55, No. 10, p. 12

BioCycle Live: Opening Plenary Session, BioCycle East Coast Conference 2014

Unedited video from opening plenary session of BioCycle East Coast Conference, October 28, 2014.

Ordinances To Amend Soils Boost Compost Demand
New properties within Denver Water’s service area are required to amend soils with 4 cy of compost/1,000 sq. ft. of permeable area to a depth of 6 inches.

Municipalities everywhere are realizing that some of the environmental issues they are grappling with locally
may be mitigated by healthier soils.
Rachel Cernansky
BioCycle October 2014, Vol. 55, No. 9, p. 22

Leaf Composting Helps Preserve Family Farm
Panorama Pay-Dirt processes fall leaves, wood chips and some poultry litter in windrows on roughly 20 acres of gently rolling hills.

What began with a contract to compost leaves from the City of Charlottesville, Virginia has evolved into a sustainable soil amendment products company.
Ryan Cooper
BioCycle October 2014, Vol. 55, No. 9, p. 30

BioCycle World
Filtrexx's Student Design Competition at the 14th Annual Meeting of the American Ecological Engineering Society.

BioCycle September 2014, Vol. 55, No. 8, p. 8

Connections: Navigating Clear Water Rules
Sally Brown

Sally Brown
BioCycle August 2014, Vol. 55, No. 7, p. 53

Digested Dairy Manure To High-End Potting Soil
Magic Dirt is blended with natural recycled materials and packaged in one cubic foot bags that are currently sold in Idaho and parts of several other Western states.

An anaerobic digester development company launched a bagged potting soil product to utilize digested dairy manure fibers and improve long-term success of facilities.
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle July 2014, Vol. 55, No. 6, p. 48

Composting Roundup
Lehigh University students GR2OW project (Green Resource Recovery of Waste)

BioCycle July 2014, Vol. 55, No. 6, p. 13

Call For Papers — BioCycle East Coast Conference 2014

BioCycle East Coast 2014 will cover all facets of organics recycling — organics separation and collection, composting and anaerobic digestion, compost and biogas utilization and markets, technologies and systems — for the municipal, commercial, institutional, agricultural and industry sectors.

Connections: Cleaning Powers Of Soil
Sally Brown

Sally Brown
BioCycle April 2013, Vol. 54, No. 4, p. 52

Managing Nutrient Release In Compost-Amended Bioswale Soils
Soils put into the columns were mixed at a base ratio of 40 percent compost to 60 percent silica sand by volume. Targeted PSI levels were achieved before additions of water to mimic two types of storm events.

Research shows adding water treatment residuals to a bioswale soil mix immobilizes nutrients in compost that might otherwise leach.
Katrina Mendrey
BioCycle March 2013, Vol. 54, No. 3, p. 36

State Fertilizer And Soil Amendment Rules
BioCycle West Coast Conference 2013 Preview

Departments of Agriculture in every state regulate fertilizer and soil amendment sales/distribution, including compost and digestate products. Here’s a summary of the latest rule developments, FAQs and more.
Ron Alexander
BioCycle March 2013, Vol. 54, No. 3, p. 44

Building Sustainable Sanitation Systems
Sugarcane bagasse is added to the toilet waste at the composting sites as a bulking agent, and to absorb excess leachate and help control odors.

A low cost system of resource management such as composting toilets is helping to mitigate many of Haiti’s social and ecological challenges.
Rich Flammer
BioCycle November 2012, Vol. 53, No. 11, p. 34

Commentary: Soils, Nutrients, Organic Amendments — And Human Health

BioCycle April 2012, Vol. 53, No. 4, p. 57
In addition to calories, people and animals need a range of nutrients, including amino acids, lipids, vitamins and minerals, to stay healthy. Most of these come from our diets (Vitamin D from sunshine is one exception). While the amino acids, lipids and vitamins in our diets are produced by plants or animals, all the required minerals originate in soils.

Urban Farming Grows In Oakland
Urban farm in Oakland: City Slicker Farms in Fitzgerald Park

Making soils productive via organics recycling is a cornerstone of meeting this California city’s goal to get 30 percent of its food from within the immediate region.

Paul Hagey
BioCycle March 2012, Vol. 53, No. 3, p. 23

Sustainable Sites Initiative: 2012 Update
Novus Corporation Headquarters Campus in Missouri, pilot project testing the SITES™ guidelines

Voluntary national guidelines and rating system for landscapes raise the bar on rebuilding America’s green infrastructure from the ground up.

David McDonald and Danielle Pieranunzi
BioCycle March 2012, Vol. 53, No. 3, p. 37