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

Deeper Dive Into Zero Waste
Zero Waste training at Arizona State University includes sorts of the trash, recycling and organics bins to identify and eliminate challenging materials. Sorting contents of front-of-house bins, directed by Stephanie Barger of GBCI’s Zero Waste program (on right in front), shown above.

Credential and certification programs are available to universities and businesses to guide initiatives and achieve a minimum of 90 percent diversion.
Sarah Stanley
BioCycle July 2017, Vol. 58, No. 6, p. 21

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

Los Angeles Coliseum “Modernizes” With Zero Waste
Most service ware at the LA Coliseum has been switched out with compostable products such as cups (top) and cutlery, and paper and fiber-based trays, clamshells and bowls. The Coliseum’s zero waste team opted to go with only compostables and recyclables bins (bottom) in the consumer-generated waste areas.

The football stadium, home to the USC Trojans and the LA Rams, went from zero to an average of 83 percent diversion in two seasons. Organics are key to this success.
Marsha W. Johnston
BioCycle June 2017, Vol. 58, No. 5, p. 17

Food Recovery Innovators
DC Central Kitchen

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BioCycle March/April 2017, Vol. 58, No. 3, p. 49

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JWC Environmental’s 3-SHRED grinder

BioCycle November 2016, Vol. 57, No. 10, p. 6

Composting Roundup
Symptoms of leaf and petiole distortion on samples were consistent with chemical injury from a growth regulator-type of herbicide.

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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.

Composting Roundup
Walkway Marathon’s Green Team achieved a waste diversion rate of 73 percent

BioCycle September 2016, Vol. 57, No. 8, p. 15

Organics Recovery On Rise At University Of Alberta
Figure 1. Timeline for SUB and HUB programs

University utilizing a “characterize-implement-evaluate-adjust” approach to its Zero Waste pilot projects to optimize program performance and diversion. Part II
S. Leblanc, J. Kwasny, K. Yan and D. McCartney
BioCycle August 2016, Vol. 57, No. 7, p. 24

Food Recovery Entrepreneurs Workshop Summary
Food Recovery Entrepreneurs Workshop

Carrie Nash Over the past decade, a network of food recovery entrepreneurs has emerged alongside the established food supply industry, bringing safe and wholesome food to hungry people that would otherwise go to waste. On June 27, researchers at Harvard’s Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) and Harvard Business School teamed up to bolster that

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BioCycle June 2016, Vol. 57, No. 5, p. 6 Gene Logsdon: 1932-2016 Gene Logsdon, author, journalist, softball player and a long-time contributor to BioCycle, passed away on May 31. According to a note on his blog, “The Contrary Farmer,” he was posting right up until the end. In fact, the blog Gene wrote on May

Major Companies Earn Zero Waste Certifications

The U.S. Zero Waste Business Council’s certification requires facilities to have a minimum of 90 percent overall diversion from landfills, incineration and the environment.
Claire Siegrist
BioCycle February 2016, Vol. 57, No. 2, p. 28

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, D-Maine

BioCycle December 2015, Vol. 56, No. 11, p. 6

How Your Community Can Be Zero Waste In 10 Years
Thriving zero waste communities

No one has all the answers yet, but we know enough now to help any community in the U.S. make serious strides toward a Zero Waste future.
Eric Lombardi and Kate Bailey
BioCycle November 2015, Vol. 56, No. 10, p. 16

Cover Article: BioCycle September, 2015

Conference Preview highlights presentations to be given at BioCycle REFOR15, October 19-22, Danvers, MA. Digesters in Pickett, WI (top) and Milwaukee, WI (bottom) are on cover. Photos courtesy of Wisconsin State Energy Office

Cover Article: BioCycle August, 2015

San Diego International Airport, with new LEED Platinum terminal and robust food scraps diversion program, is model for airports worldwide.

Military Base Steps Up To The Net Zero Challenge
To make separation more convenient, foodservice employees can select bins that are most conducive to their particular stations. For example, a produce station uses a small round bucket atop the food bench.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord planted the seeds for net zero waste in the early 2000s. Food scraps collection from dining halls and a commissary is helping push the needle. Part I
Ashley Blazina
BioCycle June 2015, Vol. 56, No. 5, p. 19

Zero Waste At Fort Drum
A “weigh and sort” done at one of Fort Drum’s dining facilities (above and below) estimated that the amount of food waste produced per meal was around 0.5 lbs/person.

The Fort Drum Army base in northern New York began collecting and composting preconsumer food scraps in Fall 2014.
Dan Emerson
BioCycle June 2015, Vol. 56, No. 5, p. 23

Requests For Proposals: City of Phoenix & Anne Arundel County, MD
City of Phoenix, Anne Arundel County

• Business Opportunities With City of Phoenix — CFI and RFP Released
• Maryland County Requests Of Interest

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.

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Training The Zero Waste Workforce
Material assessments are integral to identifying all recyclables, landfill-bound waste and compostable organics. The value and composition of each material is broken down in detail in order to optimize recovery and reduce costs.

Community Environmental Services, part of Portland State University, trains and employs students to offer zero waste management services to companies, institutions and public agencies.
Neil Seldman
BioCycle November 2014, Vol. 55, No. 10, p. 37

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.

Composting, Zero Waste On NYC’s Governors Island
Volunteers assist with mixing foods scraps from New York City’s Greenmarkets with an equal amount of preblended carbon amendment to create an aerated static pile. Earth Matter NY cofounder Marisa DeDominicis in on right.

Earth Matter NY, located on Governors Island in New York Harbor, operates a Compost Learning Center, training programs, zero waste initiatives and a community composting site. Part V
BioCycle October 2014, Vol. 55, No. 9, p. 35

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

Music Festivals Keep Beat With Composting
Volunteers manually sift through each waste stream at a rudimentary sorting station to remove cross-contamination (inset). Compostable plates, cups and utensils are used at Bonnaroo (shown at composting farm). Vendors are provided purchasing guidelines set forth by the festival.

This year’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts festival, attended by over 80,000 people, generated 120 tons of compostable material being processed on-site.
Stephanie Katsaros
BioCycle September 2014, Vol. 55, No. 8, p. 80

Colleges And Universities Invited To Compete In GameDay Recycling Challenge

GameDay Recycling Challenge invites colleges and universities across the nation to compete to see which school will produce the least amount of waste in their stadiums and tailgate areas this college football season.

Chicago Restaurant Generates Zero Waste … Literally
All of the food served at Sandwich Me In is sourced from regional farmers. Vrany tries to make as much as he can in-house to reduce food costs and waste.

In just over two years of being in business, Sandwich Me In has not sent anything to the landfill. Nate Clark BioCycle July 2014, Vol. 55, No. 6, p. 28 From the time Justin Vrany opened the doors of Sandwich Me In in Chicago in May 2012, he set out to be different than any

Zero Waste Composting
After establishing a robust prevention program, collection of the remaining SSO should be designed to leverage a community’s existing infrastructure, e.g., cocollection of SSO and recyclables.

An in-depth economic, social and environmental impact analysis factored in source reduction and home composting, as well as organics collection, composting and anaerobic digestion.
Joanna Stone, Kate Davenport and Bryan Ukena
BioCycle June 2014, Vol. 55, No. 5, p. 33

Deadline Extended For CalRecycle’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Organics Grant Program

Applicants have an additional 4 weeks …

Guam Advances Zero Waste Plan
The Ordot landfill was closed to new dumping in 2011, which elevated the importance of Guam’s Zero Waste Plan.

With over one million tourists annually and an increase in its military population, the island of Guam is implementing a comprehensive zero waste program.
Marsha W. Johnston
BioCycle February 2014, Vol. 55, No. 2, p. 36

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Recycling Works! Exhibit on display at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg.

BioCycle December 2013, Vol. 54, No. 12, p. 6

Fresh Look At Zero Food Service Waste
Zero Food Service Waste — The Prevention Factor

Going forward, reporting on zero waste performance should offer both a total waste generation figure and a diversion figure to ensure that every zero waste undertaking includes prevention.
Andrew Shakman
BioCycle December 2013, Vol. 54, No. 12, p. 20

Commentary: Get Zero Waste Certified!
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BioCycle July 2013, Vol. 54, No. 7, p. 61

Professional Teams Raise Bar On Zero Waste
Sports Venue Greening Special Report

“It is now to the point that if you don’t have a successful recycling program, you’re in the minority,” says Martin Tull, Executive Director of the Green Sports Alliance.
Marsha W. Johnston
BioCycle July 2013, Vol. 54, No. 7, p. 20

Managing “Leftovers” On The Way To Zero Waste
Figure 1. Schematic of an MRBT facility

Analysis clearly shows waste-to-energy facilities are not the best environmental option for managing leftover waste, pointing instead to Material Recovery, Biological Treatment.
Eric Lombardi and Kate Bailey
BioCycle July 2013, Vol. 54, No. 7, p. 48

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

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BioCycle June 2012, Vol. 53, No. 6, p. 6

Building Compost Markets In Scotland
Keenan Recycling Ltd. in Aberdeenshire Scotland VCU

“We finally realized what farmers were looking for — a way to reduce the amounts they were paying for ever more expensive chemical fertilizers,” says Gregor Keenan. Part II
David Riggle
BioCycle May 2012, Vol. 53, No. 5, p. 27

Composting Company Finds The Right Mix
Keenan Recycling, Ltd., Scotland

BioCycle April 2012, Vol. 53, No. 4, p. 21
Evolving from shredded bark chips to vertical in-vessel composting for household and commercial food waste, Keenan Recycling Ltd. has helped define the organics recycling industry in Scotland. Part I
David Riggle

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Austin Adopts Zero Waste Plan; Food Network Takes On Waste; Austin Adopts Zero Waste Plan; Sites Initiative Certifies First Projects; Life Cycle Analyses For MSW Management Options; Less Than Zero Waste

BioCycle February 2012, Vol. 53, No. 2, p. 6