IN APRIL 2007, BioCycle launched www.findacomposter.com, a publicly searchable database of composting facilities in the United States and Canada. The intent — then and now — was to make it easy to find composting facilities to divert organic waste streams as well as buy compost. This online directory is a free service to all visitors, as well as to those composting operations listing their facilities. After a facility manager completes the data entry form, the information is verified by BioCycle editors before the listing becomes active.
The Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) has sponsored BioCycle’s FindAComposter.com since it started. BPI and BioCycle collaborated on creating this online directory in large part due to a perception that the infrastructure to compost food waste was limited, especially in the U.S. Over the past four years, BioCycle’s www.findacomposter.com has become populated with sites that either are permitted to receive pre and postconsumer food waste, or that will consider accepting this material. Frequent users of the database are organic waste generators and/or their hauling contractors seeking composting sites to manage their materials.
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