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Compost Controversy: Small business claims taxpayer supported agency is undercutting business

Compost Controversy: Small business claims taxpayer supported agency is undercutting business | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
A private businessman in the business of producing commercial compost and mulch claims a taxpayer supported agency is undercutting his business by giving away the same product.
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This is a clear example of the problems encountered with pricing compost, and the contrasting needs of state funded composting operations and commercial composting operations.


Here, a taxpayer funded program has been accused of undercutting commercial composters by selling compost at a lower price. But by lowering the price, the program reps have said it is also encouraging people to recycle yard waste and use compost on their soils. 


Many believe that it is essential that we first and foremost encourage people to use compost by, for example, giveaways and discounts. But high-quality compost by its nature is a high-value product, and there is a strong argument stating that in order for it to be considered a high value product, it must be priced accordingly. This sends a message out that compost is valuable, and may encourage more composting operations (large and small) to grow.


Perhaps a balance can be struck here - but most importantly, compost must be valued correctly and composting operations must aim to be as self-sufficient as possible.

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New Strategies For Recycling Commercial Waste: The Industrial Ecology Program of NSW, Australia

New Strategies For Recycling Commercial Waste: The Industrial Ecology Program of NSW, Australia | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
The EPA's Industrial Ecology program aims to facilitate the recycling and reuse of commercial waste between businesses. We speak to Phil Molyneaux of the EPA in New South Wales, who tells us more.
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Episode 27 of The Organic Stream is out now!


This week we take a trip down under to highlight the new and exciting recycling program created by the EPA of New South Wales, Australia. The program, called the Industrial Ecology Business Support Network, aims to facilitate and encourage the reuse of industrial waste materials between medium to large businesses in order to recover recyclable materials from the commercial sector. We speak to Phil Molyneaux of the EPA in New South Wales, who tells us more about the program and how it operates, what it will do for businesses, and how it may be replicated in other countries.


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A new business makes composting convenient - New Paltz Times

A new business makes composting convenient - New Paltz Times | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
New Paltz Times A new business makes composting convenient New Paltz Times Or is there another step in the process — table-to-farm, so to speak — where the remains of dinner are taken back to the farm to be composted and turned into soil in order...
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It's great to see a successful business model for small-scale composting - even in its early stages. Charging a fee of 20 USD a month for residential collection is a bit of an ask, but owner Eileen Banrya hopes people will see the value of composting their food scraps rather than throwing into a landfill.


In a similar vein, from our conversation with long-time community composter David Buckel in NYC, it seems that there are more and more people thinking of ways to turn small-scale composting programs into a business to become self-sustaining and create jobs for the local community.

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CIWM launches circular economy report | Resource Magazine

CIWM launches circular economy report | Resource Magazine | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
A lack of awareness of the principle and poor clarity of terminology of the circular economy are stalling its progression, finds new CIWM report.
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"A lack of awareness and poor clarity of terminology regarding the circular economy, along with feelings of ‘little’ or ‘fragmented’ leadership on the issue, were identified as key barriers to its take-up. Other hurdles identified included short-termism (41.7 per cent), economics (38.5 per cent), and lack of a policy framework (37.8 per cent)."


We need leadership and real-life examples of how the circular economy can operate for people to truly understand and grasp the concept - in business as well as everywhere else.

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Businesses find cash in composting organic trash - Dubuque Telegraph Herald

Businesses find cash in composting organic trash - Dubuque Telegraph Herald | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
MILWAUKEE -- Melissa Tashjian was saving money to remodel her kitchen. She bought a dump truck instead.
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Interesting article highlighting a number of successful compost businesses in the US. It states that once cities adopt city-wide collection programs, it can undercut the viability of small, entrepreneurial ventures.


This is a legitimate concern and David Buckle echoed a similar sentiment in our Community Composting podcast episode. Will large-scale organics collection programs threaten small-scale operations, and is this a cause for concern?

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