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  • Biosolids ban struck down

    Biosolids ban struck down

    In 1994, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (LACSD) bought a 4,700-acre farm (called Green Acres Farm) in southwest Kern County for the purpose of land applying biosolids from its 11 wastewater treatment plants. LACSD land applied 800 wet ...

  • Editorial: The Business Case

    Editorial: The Business Case

    How do organics recyclers measure success? That is one question we are exploring in preparation for the Opening Plenary — The Business Case For Organics Recycling — at BioCycle EAST COAST17, April 4-7, 2017 in Ellicott City, Maryland, ...

    Nora Goldstein

  • Big Apple goes big on organics recycling

    Big Apple goes big on organics recycling

    NYC Will Have Largest Organic Waste Curbside Collection Program in Nation “DSNY’s Expansion of Food Scraps and Yard Waste Collection in Queens Makes Program Available to More Than 961,000 Residents” So read the headline of a ...

    Nora Goldstein

  • Editorial: Double Down On The Upside

    Editorial: Double Down On The Upside

    Last December during a staff meeting, we got into a discussion about the importance of this Editorial page in BioCycle always conveying optimism about organics recycling and our mission, now 58-years old, to conserve natural resources and build ...

    Nora Goldstein

  • Calculating Economic Impact Of Commercial Organics Ban

    Calculating Economic Impact Of Commercial Organics Ban

    Quantitative and qualitative analysis conducted in Massachusetts indicates growth in employment and revenues after implementation of the commercial organics waste ban. Reducing disposal of food materials, and driving food to higher and better uses, ...

    John Fischer;Elizabeth Johnston

  • Particle Size Reduction Strategies

    Particle Size Reduction Strategies

    Grinding strategies are driven by business priorities, feedstock types and quantities, compost mix ratios, product markets, sales seasonality and the weather. Particle size reduction is an important organic materials handling step that enhances the ...

    Craig Coker

  • Food Recovery Innovators

    Food Recovery Innovators

    A YEAR ago, ReFED: Rethink Food Waste released its groundbreaking report, “A Roadmap to Reduce Food Waste by 20 Percent” (Roadmap). Integral to the Roadmapare 27 solutions, categorized into Prevention, Recovery and Recycling. ReFED ...

    Nora Goldstein

  • Anaerobic Digest

    Anaerobic Digest

    Washington, DC: NOSB Considers Digestate Use Petition The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has agreed to consider a petition from Cenergy USA, the makers of Magic Dirt™, to allow use of ...

  • South Carolina Convention Center Tackles Food Waste

    South Carolina Convention Center Tackles Food Waste

    Chef assists clients with accurate food ordering. Surplus is donated, and scraps are diverted to a composting facility. The Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, with the help of its chef, Tommy Kasperski (second from right) and Atlas ...

    Katrina Mendrey

  • Deeper Dive Into Zero Waste

    Deeper Dive Into Zero Waste

    Credential and certification programs are available to universities and businesses to guide initiatives and achieve a minimum of 90 percent diversion. Zero Waste training at Arizona State University includes sorts of the trash, recycling and ...

    Sarah Stanley

  • On-Site Food Waste Pretreatment

    On-Site Food Waste Pretreatment

    Guide to equipment and systems for businesses, institutions and venues that manage food waste on-site. Businesses, institutions and venues that generate large volumes of food waste have an increasing number of options to manage this organics ...

    Nora Goldstein;Charlotte Dreizen

  • Reducing Wasted Food In Tennessee

    Reducing Wasted Food In Tennessee

    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. It is increasingly apparent that food waste and food insecurity in the ...

    Ashley Cabrera

  • Measurement, Motivations And Opportunities To Waste Less Food

    Measurement, Motivations And Opportunities To Waste Less Food

    Oregon Department of Environmental Quality releases findings on psychological, socio-economic and structural drivers that contribute to generation of preventable wasted food in households. An estimated 30 to 40 percent of all food produced and ...

    Ashley Zanolli

  • December BioCycle World

    December BioCycle World

    Economic Impact Of Recycling In Texas The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) released its recent study on the economic impact of recycling activities in the state. Approximately 9.2 million tons of MSW designated materials were ...

  • January Anaerobic Digest

    January Anaerobic Digest

    San Francisco Bay Region, California: ABC Digester Operator Training Course The American Biogas Council (ABC) has organized a 3-day, hands-on operator training course, February 6-8, 2018 in the San Francisco Bay area, that focuses on digester ...

  • Wood Recycler Expands Into Compost Manufacturer

    Wood Recycler Expands Into Compost Manufacturer

    How a company that started as a small tree care service in the late 1980s evolved into a compost and mulch manufacturer with multiple facilities in the Southeast U.S. Our growth since the beginning can be summed up pretty easily — we’ve ...

  • BioCycle World - February

    BioCycle World - February

    Economic, Climate Impacts Of Wasted Produce Researchers at Karlstad University in Karlstad, Sweden collected primary data on fresh fruit and vegetable (FFV) waste through direct measurements in three large retail stores in Sweden (55,000 sq.ft. to ...

  • BioCycle World - March

    BioCycle World - March

    NYC Expands Mandatory Food Waste Law In early February, after determining that sufficient organics processing capacity is available to allow for an increase in food waste diversion, the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) announced new ...

  • Repurposing Composting Infrastructure

    Repurposing Composting Infrastructure

    A Vermont solid waste district utilized a defunct biosolids composting site to create capacity for processing food waste. The Vermont legislature instituted a progressive ban on organics in landfills via Act 148 in 2012. The Act includes the ...

    Marsha W. Johnston

  • Facilitating Food Waste Digestion

    Facilitating Food Waste Digestion

    Increasing volumes of commercial food waste, much of it contaminated or packaged, led digestion facility in South San Francisco to install a depackaging unit. South San Francisco Scavenger Company (SSFSC) and Blue Line Transfer, the facility that ...