BioCycle world 2011: International Conference on Composting, Organics Recycling and Renewable Energy

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BioCycle Global 2011 Call For Papers
BioCycle Global 2011, our International Conference on Composting, Organics Recycling and Renewable Energy, will be held April 11-14, 2011 at the Town and Country Resort Hotel in San Diego. The Call for Papers is open until December 30, 2010. Themes of BioCycle Global 2011 include: Integrated materials and organics recycling to maximize diversion and capture/reuse of resources; Composting and compost utilization; Anaerobic digestion of municipal, agricultural and industrial organic waste streams; Biogas conditioning and markets; Facility management, including odor and emissions control, product quality and profitability; Local food systems integrated into organics recycling and sustainable agriculture; Green infrastructure; Biosolids recycling and composting; Current research; and Public policies and regulations that incentivize composting, organics recycling and renewable energy, stimulate markets and job creation, and sustain enterprises and communities. Papers providing case studies — models from around the world of cities, towns, regions and countries that have successfully integrated durable, permanent sustainability into resource management (e.g., reducing climate impacts, conserving water, building productive soils, generating renewable energy, etc.) — are encouraged. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. The on-line abstract submission form is at www.biocycleglobal.com.

Study Finds Biosolids Safe For Agricultural Use
A 19-year University of Arizona study has concluded that biosolids, the end product of municipally treated wastewater, are generally free of any pathogenic organisms that might harm humans or the environment. A report published online in the Journal of Environmental Quality and titled “Pathogens in Biosolids: Are They Safe?” states that properly treated biosolids pose little if any health risk to the public. Ian L. Pepper, PhD, director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Water and Environmental Technology (WET) Center and a professor of soil, water and environmental science (SWES) at the university, led the almost two-decades long study tracking pathogens in biosolids from the wastewater stream in Tucson, Arizona. Analysis also included data from 18 other wastewater treatment plants across the country. Coauthors include SWES professor Charles P. Gerba as well as researchers from the USDA, Loma Linda University and Drexel University.

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