Illinois Law To Increase Compost Use On State Funded Projects
Illinois Environmental Council

HB 4790 will help create new market for compost.

U.S. EPA Launches Excess Food Opportunities Map
U.S. EPA Food Opportunities Map

The map identifies more than 500,000 potential generators of excess food (e.g. correctional facilities, educational institutions, healthcare facilities, hospitality industry, food manufacturers and processors, and food wholesalers and distributors) and estimated generation quantities, as well as over 4,000 potential recipients of excess food (e.g. anaerobic digestion and composting facilities, food banks).

Breaking News: September Webinars Of Interest

• Real Estate And Sustainable Soil Management
• Now What? Preparing for China’s Waste Ban
• Business Models For Community Composting

Reducing Wasted Food In Tennessee
The Nashville Food Project (TNFP) brings people together to “grow, cook and share nourishing food, with the goals of cultivating community and alleviating hunger.” Delvin Farms shown donating strawberries to the TNFP.

About 15 percent of Tennessee households are food insecure, and almost 1.2 million tons of food are landfilled annually. The state is moving quickly to address both realities. Part I
Ashley Cabrera
BioCycle August 2017, Vol. 58, No. 7, p. 18

Integrated Solutions On Half-Acre Urban Lot
A greenhouse heated by passive solar and biothermal sources enables year-round food production.

Solar greenhouse, seasonal farm, and food scraps collection and management using microlivestock, insects and composting, are among the activities at educational facility.
Marsha W. Johnston
BioCycle August 2017, Vol. 58, No. 7, p. 30

Quantifying Diversion Impact Of Compostable Packaging
A 3-bin sorting system was used to collect front-of-house materials at Farm Aid, which yielded 22,851 lbs of compostable material. Food scraps comprised 46% of that total; 54% was compostable packaging and uncoated paper.

Waste stream analysis of two events held at a concert venue identified significant quantities of front-of-house compostable material, including a large amount of food.
Charlotte Dreizen
BioCycle August 2017, Vol. 58, No. 7, p. 34

Not Waiting For The Tweets: Sports Already Lead The Way In Sustainability
Green Sports Alliance

Green Sports Alliance calls on sports fans to take Live Green or Die™ Challenge

Keeping Compostables Stream Compostable
Paper straws have replaced plastic (left). Clamshells and cutlery must be certified compostable (middle). Plastic stir sticks, polystyrene lids and plastic-coated cups are prohibited (right).

All to-go food serviceware must be compostable or recyclable in the unincorporated areas of Santa Cruz County.
Tim Goncharoff
BioCycle May 2017, Vol. 58, No. 4, p. 25

BioCycle Live: BioCycle EAST COAST17 Keynote Speaker Kathryn Garcia
Kathryn Garcia, Commissioner, New York City Department Of Sanitation speaks at BioCycle EAST COAST17 Conference, April 5, 2017, Baltimore, Maryland

April 5, 2017 • Baltimore, MD
Intro and closing: Nora Goldstein, Editor, BioCycle
Speaker: Kathryn Garcia, Commissioner, New York City Department Of Sanitation
Presentation Title: Bullish On Organics Recycling

BioCycle Live: BioCycle EAST COAST17 Keynote Speaker Rod Tyler
Rod Tyler. Founder And Inventor, Filtrexx International speaks at BioCycle EAST COAST17 Conference, April 5, 2017, Baltimore, Maryland

April 5, 2017 • Baltimore, MD
Intro and closing: Nora Goldstein, Editor, BioCycle
Speaker: Rod Tyler, Founder And Inventor Filtrexx International
Presentation Title: What’s Your “Big Mac®”?

BioCycle Live: BioCycle EAST COAST17 Keynote Speaker Bob Joblin
Bob Joblin, President Of Cenergy Usa And Co-Manager Of Magic Dirt Horticultural Products, LLC speaks at BioCycle EAST COAST17 Conference, April 5, 2017, Baltimore, Maryland

April 5, 2017 • Baltimore, MD
Intro and closing: Nora Goldstein, Editor, BioCycle
Speaker: Bob Joblin, President of Cenergy USA and Co-Manager of Magic Dirt Horticultural Products
Presentation Title: Selling Your Sustainability Story

Food Recovery Innovators
DC Central Kitchen

Does Your Solution Have Significant Potential To Scale?
BioCycle March/April 2017, Vol. 58, No. 3, p. 49

What’s Your “Big Mac®”?
Palletizable Filtrexx Soxx™ that did not slide when stacked on pallets allowed rapid advancement of palletization, which led to scale, which led to what Rod Tyler calls Filtrexx’s “Big Mac®.”

Compost marketing entrepreneur grew a company that today uses over a million cubic yards of compost annually.
BioCycle March/April 2017, Vol. 58, No. 3, p. 26

Selling Your Sustainability Story
Magic Dirt™

What looks like peat, acts like peat but isn’t peat? That’s the sustainability story behind Magic Dirt™, made from anaerobically digested dairy manure fibers.
BioCycle March/April 2017, Vol. 58, No. 3, p. 31

BioCycle World

BioCycle December 2016, Vol. 57, No. 11, p. 6

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.

Green Infrastructure, Edible Garden And Composting Showcase
The Outdoor Classroom provides a hands-on learning environment for residents of Farragut — and showcases green infrastructure, composting and growing produce to donate to local pantries.

Farragut, Tennessee’s Outdoor Classroom, located along the town’s greenway, closes the organics recycling to “food for people” loop.
Alle Crampton
BioCycle October 2016, Vol. 57, No. 9, p. 22

Calculating A Community Meal Gap

A Meal Gap Analysis identifies food shortfall in pounds and assists with planning for healthier surplus food donations.
T. O’Donnell and S. H. Katz
BioCycle October 2016, Vol. 57, No. 9, p. 29

Seattle City Council Bans Greenwashing Of Noncompostable Bags

On Oct. 3, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to pass an ordinance that bans use of misleading green- and brown-tined noncompostable plastic bags.

The Ubiquitous Plastic Bag — And What To Do

Local governments around the country have adopted various regulations and incentives to reduce use of plastic bags. Research evaluates their effectiveness.
Megan E. McLaughlin and John M. Halstead
BioCycle August 2016, Vol. 57, No. 7, p. 38

Power Of Partnerships In Sports Greening
Green Sports: Power Of Partnerships

Professional and collegiate sports teams, and their leagues, develop vital partnerships to green their venues, operations and supply chain, while engaging fans to adopt sustainable behaviors.
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle June 2016, Vol. 57, No. 5, p. 22

The ReFED Roadmap To Reducing Food Waste
Figure 2. Food recovery hierarchy

The Roadmap outlines systems for accomplishing a food waste reduction goal of 20 percent in the near term and 50 percent in the next 15 years. The strategy requires further investment — of time, brainpower and dollars.
H. Briggs, J.D. Lindeberg, A. Rein, B. Chorn and K. Tanger
BioCycle June 2016, Vol. 57, No. 5, p. 32

Market Transformation For Sustainable Landscapes
The Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens achieved the highest level of SITES® certification under the pilot program.

SITES® offers a rating system that defines what a sustainable site is and, ultimately, elevates the value of landscapes in the built environment.
Sarah Buente
BioCycle May 2016, Vol. 57, No. 4, p. 24

Food Scraps Diversion At BioCycle West Coast16 Conference Venue
A load of Town and Country Resort and Convention Center‘s food waste being delivered for composting at the Miramar Greenery (left).

The Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego joined the City’s Food Waste Composting Program in 2014. About 200 tons/year are currently diverted.
Ana Carvalho
BioCycle March/April 2016, Vol. 57, No. 3, p. 26

Commentary: Compostable Products: 2016 Outlook
Rhodes Yepsen

Rhodes Yepsen
BioCycle March/April 2016, Vol. 57, No. 3, p. 51

Farm Aid Plants Seeds Of Sustainability
Farm Aid’s 30th Anniversary Concert was held at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island last summer. It was the venue’s first experience collecting a compostables stream (green bin with green bag, above and at left). Farm Aid requires that all food service items coming into contact with food be compostable.

Venues hosting Farm Aid’s annual concert are required to serve food sustainably grown by local family farmers and institute organics recycling.
Stephanie Katsaros
BioCycle January 2016, Vol. 57, No. 1 p.55

BioCycle World
Doug Rauch (left), Andrew Shakman (right)

BioCycle September 2015

Energy Company Of The Future
Green Mountain Power’s (GMP) new solar farm and battery storage facility is being dedicated in Rutland, Vermont. It is built on a closed landfill (battery storage units shown connected to solar array).

Mary Powell, CEO, is leading Green Mountain Power to be a positive force for change, taking the path of lower cost, clean energy. “I am driven to make things better and am not afraid of doing things differently and taking risks,” she tells BioCycle.
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle September 2015

Department Of Corrections Walks The Walk On Sustainability
All compost produced at the correctional facilities is used to improve soil in prison gardens (inmate working in a garden).

Started in 2003, Washington State’s Sustainability In Prisons Project operates 113 programs — from energy efficiency to composting — with approximately 3,000 inmate participants from all 12 prisons across the state.
K. Bush, J. Vanneste, D. Pacholke, J. Trivett, S. Sinclair and E. Heinitz
BioCycle September 2015

Sports Teams Build Food Recovery Awareness
Allstate Arena is advancing organics diversion, recycling and energy efficiency.

Growing numbers of professional sports teams and organizations are capturing edible food in their venues for donation, while continuing to divert food scraps to composting programs.
Marsha W. Johnston
BioCycle June 2015

Commentary: Introducing Compostable Products Into Regional Programs
Michele Riggs

Michele Riggs
BioCycle June 2015

Connections: Water Jobs

Sally Brown
BioCycle May 2015

Sports Venues Tout Reclaimed Water Firsts
The $1.3 billion LEED Gold Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, home of the San Francisco 49ers, uses reclaimed water to irrigate the playing field and a green roof on one of the suite towers, as well as for all toilet and urinal flushing.

The San Francisco 49ers’ new stadium, and an ice hockey arena in Los Angeles, both tap municipal systems to utilize recycled water.
Marsha Johnston
BioCycle March/April 2015

BioCycle World
MGM Resorts’ 13 Las Vegas resorts diverted a total of 25,398 tons of food from landfill to compost, a 50 percent increase over 2012.

BioCycle March/April 2015 MGM Resorts’ Food Recovery Accomplishments MGM Resorts International received two national Food Recovery Challenge awards from the U.S. EPA for reducing food waste and, in the process, conserving natural resources. “MGM’s zero waste leadership has turned mountains of food scraps into compost to help fight waste and climate change,” said Jared Blumenfeld,

A Path To Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions
Figure 1. Institutional silos

A rich array of opportunities and new infrastructure strategies offer strong and simultaneous affordability, resilience and sustainability benefits.
Rhys Roth
BioCycle March/April 2015

Grant Opportunities: Community Composting In New York, Zero Waste In San Francisco
Fifth Street Farm Project (top) and Yellow Hook CSA (bottom)

Citizens Committee for New York City, in partnership with the Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and her Solid Waste Advisory Board are awarding up to $30,000.
San Francisco Department of the Environment (SFE) announced grant request-for-proposals in the amount of $860,000.

BioCycle World
Food Waste Reduction Alliance

BioCycle December 2014, Vol. 55, No. 11, p. 6

Water Environment Research Foundation Codigestion Survey

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Hazen and Sawyer, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants and Carollo Engineers have collaborated to develop a common survey to obtain information for three separate research projects related to codigestion of high strength wastes.

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

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

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

The Time Is Ripe For Food Recovery
Philabundance, a large regional food bank serving the Philadelphia (PA) region, holds “Fresh For All” distribution events each week to distribute fresh produce to those in need.

Assessment of environmental benefits and efficiency of local and regional food donation events shows big win for all participants. The challenge is how to grow the ranks of surplus food donors.
Steven M. Finn, Tom O’Donnell and Matthew Walls
BioCycle September 2014, Vol. 55, No. 8, p. 42

Advancing Organics Recycling On The East Coast
Demo plots have been installed on the Turf Valley Country Club grounds (adjacent to Conference hotel) to compare standard treatment for turf establishment to “suburban subsoiling” via decompaction and compost amendment. Inset image features core sample of soil prior to treatment.

Meeting demand for organics processing infrastructure, building climate-resilient communities and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay watershed are hot topics for discussion at BioCycle East Coast Conference 2014.
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle September 2014, Vol. 55, No. 8, p. 28

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

Composting Roundup

BioCycle August 2014, Vol. 55, No. 7, p. 12

Symphony Of The Microgrid At An Urban University
The 2.8 MW fuel cell covers an area the size of a tennis court. Combined with an absorption chiller, it will reach 68 percent efficiency.

The University of California San Diego’s microgrid produces 92 percent of its annual electricity load and 95 percent of its heating and cooling load. A fuel cell powered by directed biogas is a cornerstone of the operation.

Marsha W. Johnston
BioCycle July 2014

BioCycle World
Massachusetts Commercial Food Waste Vendor Fair

BioCycle July 2014

Winning With Zero Waste
Zero waste sports

In the sports greening arena, the adoption of recycling and composting programs is proceeding at an increased pace. To ensure efficient and effective implementation, buy-in must occur at all levels of an organization, starting at the top.
Nate Clark
BioCycle June 2014

Anaerobic Digest
This Grand Junction (Colorado) fueling station delivers biogas-based CNG generated at the Persigo Wastewater Treatment Facility

BioCycle June 2014

Connections: How Cool Is Colorado?
Sally Brown

Sally Brown
BioCycle January 2014

Anaerobic Digest
Anaerobic Digest

BioCycle September 2013, Vol. 54, No. 9, p. 20

What Is Waste Food?
The U.S. EPA rolled out its “Food: Too Good To Waste” program in 2012, which includes a toolkit with guidance on working with households to reduce wasted food.

From terminology to changing household behaviors, a global discussion and specific actions are well underway to reduce the millions of tons of food discarded.
Maria Kelleher and Janet Robins
BioCycle August 2013, Vol. 54, No. 8, p. 36

BioCycle World
REFOR13, BioCycle Renewable Energy From Organics Recycling Conference

BioCycle June 2013, Vol. 54, No. 6, p. 6

Connection: Climate Calculations
Sally Brown

Sally Brown
BioCycle June 2013, Vol. 54, No. 6, p. 52

Editorial: Getting It
Nora Goldstein, BioCycle

Nora Goldstein
BioCycle May 2013, Vol. 54, No. 5, p.4

Kitchen Academy Combines Food Rescue + Job Training
Since 2009, twelve 13-week sessions have been conducted at the Community Kitchen Academy, graduating 87 students with an 86 percent success rate in job placement or continuing education.

Nate Clark
BioCycle May 2013, Vol. 54, No. 5, p. 18

Waste Not In Asheville
Asheville, North Carolina

What happens to spent malting grains from the craft breweries, coffee grounds from cafés, leftovers in the award-winning kitchens, and the old frying oils from food trucks and diners?
Sean Clark
BioCycle April 2013, Vol. 54, No. 4, p. 20

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

School Recycling Lessons
Kitchen staff at the Far Hills Country Day school cut hot dogs and hamburgers in half before serving to help reduce wasted food.

After two decades of engaging K-12 schools to implement recycling and food waste composting, the author provides insights on how to ensure program longevity.

The Massachusetts Waste Conundrum

With landfill capacity expected to decline to 600,000 tons in 2020 and combustion capacity remaining flat, a gap begins to emerge that may exceed 2 million tons a year by 2020 — depending on how successful the state is at improving the diversion rate. Part II
Zoë Neale
BioCycle February 2013, Vol. 54, No. 2, p. 35

On-Site Food Waste Composting Closes The Loop
Food residuals are collected in red barrels at the dining and residence halls (1). Yard trimmings and food residuals are blended in a mixer (2) and then loaded into a rotary drum (3). After a 3-day retention time, material is conveyed to a composting area (4), where windrows remain for 4 weeks prior to curing.

Pre and postconsumer food scraps from dining and residence halls are mixed with yard trimmings and processed in a rotary drum followed by windrow composting.
Nora Goldstein
BioCycle December 2012, Vol. 53, No. 12, p. 28

Seattle Mariners Push The Zero Waste Envelope
A prototype compostable snack bag of peanuts was given out to the first 10,000 fans to arrive at Safeco Field in September.

Introduction of compostable snack bags at a game in September has potential to help this major league baseball team reach a goal of 90 percent diversion.
Molly Farrell Tucker and Nora Goldstein
BioCycle December 2012, Vol. 53, No. 12, p. 25

London Strives For Zero Waste Summer Olympics 2012
The color-coding was also utilized on the packaging and service ware — as shown above in the top symbol on the McDonald’s cups and container — to match with the proper receptacle, in this case, orange for composting.

Compostable packaging and existing process infrastructure help UK make good on its promise to leave a sustainable legacy.
Dan Sullivan
BioCycle September 2012, Vol. 53, No. 9, p. 32

BioCycle World

BioCycle September 2012, Vol. 53, No. 9, p. 6

Economic Case For Green Infrastructure
Green infrastructure enhancements as a result of the City of Seattle’s Green Streets program have increased real estate values there by 6 percent.

Reducing the amount of storm water and load of pollutants entering the treatment system “grid” or conveyed directly to surface waters can have an immediate impact on how much money is spent to treat these waters. Part I
Britt Faucette
BioCycle August 2012, Vol. 53, No. 8, p. 36

Recycling Stimulates Economic Development

The recycling industry has created well over 1 million jobs and is projected to add another million as recycling levels continue to divert more and more material to industry and agriculture.
Neil Seldman
BioCycle July 2012, Vol. 53, No. 7, p. 22

Serving Up Sustainable Food Service Options
Sodexo elliminates food waste

BioCycle April 2012, Vol. 53, No. 4, p. 32
As a growing number of clients seek to become more environmentally friendly, purveyors of dining services compete to meet their needs.

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

Wastewater Treatment Facilities As Renewable Resource Centers
Seattle, King County Wastewater Treatment

One of the great public health triumphs of the last century — wastewater treatment — is poised for transformation into a community sustainability centerpiece.

Sally Brown
BioCycle March 2012, Vol. 53, No. 3, p. 41

Sustainable Food Management In Action
New Seasons Market sustainable food management

The US EPA’S Food Recovery Challenge asks for a commitment to three food diversion actions: prevention, donation and composting. Program participants share their stories.

Ashley Zanolli
BioCycle March 2012, Vol. 53, No. 3, p. 48

Mississippi Gulf Coast Advances Sustainability Plan

Integrating food systems into Gulf Coast sustainability plan was a novel idea because food was not a topic high up in the minds of the region’s leaders.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley and Angel Arroyo-Rodriguez
BioCycle January 2012, Vol. 53, No. 1, p. 52