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  • Composting Roundup - March 2018

    Composting Roundup - March 2018

    Sacramento, California: Alternative Manure Management Project Grants The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) awarded $9.64 million in grant funding to 17 alternative manure management projects across the state. These projects, part ...

  • January Composting Roundup

    January Composting Roundup

    St. Paul, Minnesota: State DOT Issues New Compost Specs The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) updated its specifications for using finished compost in MNDOT projects in the 2018 Edition of its “Standard Specifications For ...

  • December Composting Roundup

    December Composting Roundup

    Houston, Texas: Composting Sites Weather Hurricane Harvey The LETCO Group LLC, which does business as Living Earth™, is a Dallas-based composting and mulch production company with 18 processing facilities that include retail yards located in ...

  • Canadian City Ready To Launch AD And Composting Facility

    Canadian City Ready To Launch AD And Composting Facility

    The City of Surrey, British Columbia will be opening its 127,000 tons/year food waste and yard trimmings organics recycling operation in June. After eight years of planning and construction, Surrey, British Columbia is set to open an anaerobic ...

    Peter Gorrie

  • What’s Your “Big Mac”?

    What’s Your “Big Mac”?

    Compost marketing entrepreneur grew a company that today uses over a million cubic yards of compost annually. Palletizable Filtrexx Soxx™ that did not slide when stacked on pallets allowed rapid advancement of palletization, which led to ...

    Nora Goldstein

  • 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

  • Professionally Certifying Compost Operations Managers

    Professionally Certifying Compost Operations Managers

    In October, the Certification Commission of the US Composting Council launched the first professional certification in the U.S. for compost operations managers. The Certification Commission of the US Composting Council (USCC) officially launched ...

    Cary Oshins

  • Phosphorus And Compost Use Dynamics

    Phosphorus And Compost Use Dynamics

    Organic forms of phosphorus, such as biosolids and compost products, contain low to very low levels of water extractable phosphorus, but increasingly are regulated like inorganic P sources. Phosphorus is one of the 16 essential plant nutrients, and ...

    Ron Alexander

  • Connections: Not So Tidy Change

    Connections: Not So Tidy Change

    Change is only tidy in hindsight. In the process, it is one big confusing mess. The straight lines and the clear trends that you read about in history books don’t convey the feeling of chaos at the time. Take the changes now occurring with ...

    Sally Brown

  • Editorial: Talking Turkey

    Editorial: Talking Turkey

    While pondering a title for this month’s Editorial, the phrase Let’s Talk Turkey popped into my head. Perhaps it is the double entendre, as in I will talk to you about our family recipe for turkey and stuffing. But in this case, ...

    Nora Goldstein

  • Connections: New Green Revolution

    Connections: New Green Revolution

    We are in need of a new revolution in how food is grown. A growing population in combination with climate change has put heavy pressure on our current system. The last time this happened (about 50 years ago) we had the Green Revolution to save the ...

    Sally Brown

  • Composting Tool For Drug Addiction Rehab

    Composting Tool For Drug Addiction Rehab

    Clinic in Brazil uses participation in composting program as therapy for its patients. Since 2011 a drug addiction rehabilitation clinic in the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil has been using composting as therapy for its patients. The program, ...

    Ana Carvalho

  • Compost Use By State DOTs

    Compost Use By State DOTs

    Research project collects and analyzes compost use data for three state Departments of Transportation: California, Texas and Washington. Use of compost by state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) for highway construction, erosion and pollution ...

    Ryan Batjiaka

  • Florida Dairy Succeeds With AD System

    Florida Dairy Succeeds With AD System

    North Florida dairy with 6,100 mature cows and 5,500 replacements installed anaerobic digestion system that is yielding multiple benefits. Dairy farming in Florida has financial and logistical challenges, including hot, humid summers; high ...

    Molly Farrell Tucker

  • Physical Contaminant Testing Of Composts

    Physical Contaminant Testing Of Composts

    Changes are in progress in multiple countries on weight-based limits for physical contaminants in composts. The net effect may be higher quality compost products. Maintaining and improving compost product quality is vitally important for ensuring ...

    Thomas Aspray

  • Composting Roundup

    Composting Roundup

    Johnson City, Tennessee: School Teacher Launches Composting Site Joe Hoffman, a high school science teacher, recently opened Hoffman Composting, located on the outskirts of Johnson City. The site is fully permitted by the State of Tennessee to ...

  • Anaerobic Digest

    Anaerobic Digest

    Boulder, Colorado: U.S. Distributed Renewables Forecast Published Navigant Research, a market research and consulting firm in Boulder, recently published the “U.S. Distributed Renewables Deployment Forecast, 2016-2025.” The report notes ...

  • Food For People Initiatives In Israel

    Food For People Initiatives In Israel

    Leket Israel is the largest food rescue and redistribution network in Israel. Created in 2010, this network resulted in the merger of two former food bank organizations — Table to Table, founded in 2003 by Joseph Gitler to rescue and redeliver ...

    Claire Siegrist

  • Editorial: Good And Bad Apples

    Editorial: Good And Bad Apples

    The ReFED “Roadmap To Reduce Food Waste By 20 Percent” (Roadmap) was released on March 9, and very quickly became the go-to document for data on all things food waste — from produce left in the fields to the economic value of ...

    Nora Goldstein

  • Composting Roundup

    Composting Roundup

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Ninja Food Scraps Collection Service Compost Ninja, an Iowa-based organics collection business founded by Aaron Hanson, started service on November 1, 2015. The Compost Ninja provides customers a 5-gallon bucket, which are set ...