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  • 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

  • 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

  • Connections: Price Of Progress

    Connections: Price Of Progress

    In early November, about three weeks or what feels like 150 years ago, I ran into David Batker, the director of Earth Economics at the airport. I was on my way to the Soil Science Society meetings and he was going to Louisiana, where he is helping ...

    Sally Brown

  • 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

  • Critical Operations Go Under Cover

    Critical Operations Go Under Cover

    For a number of years, composting facilities have been using fabric structures to house finished compost screening, soil blending and product storage. They’ve also employed the structures to cover or fully enclose feedstock receiving and ...

    Nora Goldstein

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Introducing … STA Certified Compost

    Introducing … STA Certified Compost

    In a new development, the US Composting Council’s Seal of Testing Assurance Program can now be defined as a certification program. The US Composting Council (USCC) is celebrating the 15th year of its Seal of Testing Assurance (STA) Program. ...

    Ron Alexander;Al Rattie

  • “Soil Health” And Compost

    “Soil Health” And Compost

    In my quest to better understand how compost improves the chemical, physical and biological attributes of soil, I came across a training course created by the Rodale Institute, with support from the Northeast Region Sustainable Agriculture Research ...

    Ron Alexander

  • Maryland’s New Composting Regulations

    Maryland’s New Composting Regulations

    After a year of comments and revisions, the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) is scheduled to publish its new rules for permitting composting facilities this month (December) in the Maryland Register for a final 30-day comment period. ...

    Marsha W. Johnston