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UCSC plans to build recycling yard to solve compost problem - Santa Cruz Sentinel

UCSC plans to build recycling yard to solve compost problem - Santa Cruz Sentinel | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Santa Cruz >> This summer, UC Santa Cruz plans to begin building a $5 million recycling yard, which would become Santa Cruz County’s only large-scale composting facility.The 3.7-acre yard, sited for a meadow near the UCSC Farm and...
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Yacouba Sawadogo - The Man Who Stopped the Desert | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities

Yacouba Sawadogo - The Man Who Stopped the Desert | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Yacouba Sawadogo is an innovative African farmer whose techniques have helped inhabitants of the Sahel fight the expanding desert and improve the quality of the soil
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Not a very new story, but a very good story. Yacouba Sawadogo's perseverance and faith in the ancient African farming practices (using compost) shows us that we already have working solutions to the soil crisis and desertification. An inspirational man.

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(USA) New Hampshire Lawmakers To Chew On Meat, Dairy Composting Proposal

(USA) New Hampshire Lawmakers To Chew On Meat, Dairy Composting Proposal | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"Lawmakers today will hear a proposal to allow the commercial composting of meat and dairy. The bill began with a group headed by a former UNH student."

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TOS#29: Horticulture Special #1: Compost’s Transformative Effect On Olive Orchard. With Graham Brookman (South Australia). | OrganicStream.org

TOS#29: Horticulture Special #1: Compost’s Transformative Effect On Olive Orchard. With Graham Brookman (South Australia). | OrganicStream.org | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
TOS#29: We discuss with Graham Brookman the unique benefits of compost use on the poor soils and olive orchard on his farm the Food Forest, and explore the challenges he faced, and the factors that lead to such a great success.
The Organic Stream's insight:

The first podcast episode of 2015 is now published!

We’re kicking off the year with a focus on the use of compost in horticulture – how compost use affects soil composition and soil health, and the plants or crops grown in it.

This week: Poor quality soil and delicate crops could have spelled disaster for South Australian organic farmer Graham Brookman, but with a steady use of compost, their property has transformed into a thriving business. We speak with Graham about how compost worked to saved his soils and his olive crops, explore the challenges he faced, and the factors that lead to such a great success.

Topics include: cost factors involved, sourcing compost, how best to apply compost to olive orchards, yield increase, saving water and reducing plant stress in a hot climate, and more.

Thanks to BiobiN® for making this episode possible.

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Zero Waste Scotland tells firms to keep recycling

Zero Waste Scotland tells firms to keep recycling | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
One year since the introduction of the Waste (Scotland) Regulations, Zero Waste Scotland has urged businesses to make sure they continue to comply by separating materials for recycling. - edie news centre
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BCLocalNews.com - Restaurants expected to slowly comply with organics disposal ban

BCLocalNews.com - Restaurants expected to slowly comply with organics disposal ban | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"New food scraps separation rules coming to Metro Vancouver businesses, apartments"

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"As generators of organic waste we know this is the right thing to do to get it out of landfills," he said. "But you can't just impose these costs on 6,000 restaurants without having a really sensitive perspective on their economics."

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Indonesia: Recycling for free healthcare

Indonesia: Recycling for free healthcare | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Healthcare for Indonesia’s 250 million people is a costly expense. However, a new initiative by a young doctor is proving popular in low-income communities. People need to collect non-organic rubbish, which is sold for recycling, or organic waste, which is turned into fertiliser, in exchange for free medical services at certain clinics. The money received goes into a “health…
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A report by EuroNews on the award-winning Garbage Clinical Insurance program, founded by 25 year old doctor, Gamal Albinsaid.


A great example of turning waste into resource, and using that resource for social good.


Albinsaid's words from press release on their website:

"Garbage is the best solution, because almost every day , every person , and every home produces waste that is not used . What we do is make people mobilize their resources are wasted and not used , that is garbage, to improve access to health and destroy the barrier or barrier between access to public health."

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Are you gonna eat that? The future of leftovers

Are you gonna eat that? The future of leftovers | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
In the very near future, you're not just going to recycle soda cans and glass jars. You're going to recycle last night's leftovers.
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Interesting article covering the progress and future of the organics recycling movement in the USA. It has been an exciting year for organics in North America.

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UK organics sector challenges EU over compost and digestate quality

UK organics sector challenges EU over compost and digestate quality | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"Organics recyclers in the UK are challenging plans to update the regulation on fertilisers across the EU, saying End-of-Waste (EoW) proposals cause “much concern”

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UK pushing back  against the new End Of Waste EU regulations - which some say will lead to additional burdens on the UK industry.

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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.
The Organic Stream's insight:

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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Applying Compost To Soil Can Help Cut Carbon Pollution

Applying Compost To Soil Can Help Cut Carbon Pollution | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
According to research, if compost were applied to 5 percent of California’s land used for livestock grazing, it could result in a year’s worth of emissions from farm and forestry industries being captured.
The Organic Stream's insight:

Another article describing the great properties of compost.


Not only can compost cut carbon pollution, but it can help store water and protect against drought. For more, listen to our podcast episode on how compost can help Californian cities fight drought, and how we can best communicate this message.

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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.
The Organic Stream's insight:

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.


Take a listen!

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A sprinkle of compost helps rangeland lock up carbon

A sprinkle of compost helps rangeland lock up carbon | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

A compost experiment that began seven years ago on a Marin County ranch has uncovered a disarmingly simple and benign way to remove carbon dioxide from the air, holding the potential to turn the vast rangeland of California and the world into a weapon against climate change.  The research showed that if compost from green waste  everything from household food scraps to dairy manure were applied over just 5 percent of the states grazing lands, the soil could capture a year's worth of greenhouse gas emissions from California's farm and forestry industries. In theory, Silver calculates, if compost made from the state's green waste were applied to a quarter of the state's rangeland, the soil could absorb three-quarters of California's total annual greenhouse gas emissions. Unlike high-tech geo-engineering schemes to pull excess carbon dioxide from the air and stick it in old coal mines or under the ocean, applying compost is a simple way of creating what scientists call a positive feedback loop. 


Via ZWE
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A great article!

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B & R Stores and Prairieland Dairy form compost partnership - Lincoln Journal Star

B & R Stores and Prairieland Dairy form compost partnership - Lincoln Journal Star | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
B & R Stores, the local grocery chain that owns Super Saver and Russ's Market, is partnering with Prairieland Dairy near Firth to turn tons of organic waste into beneficial
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Compost For Soils - Application Guide

The Organic Stream's insight:

Compost for Soils is an excellent (and free!) composting and agriculture resource, featuring easy to digest and comprehensive fact sheets and case studies.


Check out the rest of their composting fact sheets and explore the site.

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Healthy vineyards grow more than grapes

Healthy vineyards grow more than grapes | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

What helps to absorb greenhouse gases, extend the life of farmland and keep soil moist in times of drought? At one of the Napa Valley’s most famed wineries, growers turn their eyes downward for their answer – toward the humble-looking, easy-to-miss plants between the rows of grapevines.

The Organic Stream's insight:

Cover crops and compost are sure-fire ways to support soils and improve olive growth! (what's not to like about that?).


For a more detailed understanding, listen to viticulturists Bob Schaffer and Bob Cannard explain how cover crops have transformed their vineyards on Episode 16 of our podcast).

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Enzo Favoino (Zero Waste Europe) "The role of biowaste treatment in zero-waste concept" - YouTube

Guest lecture in University of Life Science (Tartu Estonia) Enzo Favoino is a technical expert and researcher in the Scuola Agraria del Parco di Monza, with ...
The Organic Stream's insight:

Excellent and comprehensive presentation by Enzo Favoino, Chair of the Scientific Committee of Zero Waste Europe, sharing with us both the global vision of organics waste management, and a focus on the local practice.


Essential viewing!

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Organic waste plants should be mandatory in eateries: M Venkaiah Naidu - The Economic Times

Organic waste plants should be mandatory in eateries: M Venkaiah Naidu - The Economic Times | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
The plant, which can process one tonne waste in 24 hours, will convert the organic waste of hotels and eateries in this area into compost for horticulture and agriculture use.
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Great initiative by Minister M Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi. 

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Ohio State’s ‘Zero Waste’ initiative expands to Schottenstein Center

Ohio State’s ‘Zero Waste’ initiative expands to Schottenstein Center | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Ohio Stadium’s “Zero Waste” initiative is extending to the home of Buckeye basketball. The President and Provost’s Council on Sustainability recently approved $50,000 in funding to move forward with a zero-waste program at the Schottenstein Center, set to begin in early January, said sustainability coordinator Tony Gillund in an email. “Funds will be used to…
The Organic Stream's insight:

“The turn-around time for converting the waste into mulch is about two years,” he said. “In one football season, we will make enough Stadium Scarlet to fill the beds of 75 pick-up trucks. That’s quite a bit.”

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Soaking Up Soil Conservation: Saving Water In The Face Of Drought

Soaking Up Soil Conservation: Saving Water In The Face Of Drought | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Water availability with the continuing drought has become a global issue. Soil conservation through composting helps the environment and land retain water.
The Organic Stream's insight:

Great to see more articles on the importance of compost for tackling drought.


For more on this topic, be sure to tune into our 3 episode Drought Special on the Organic Stream podcast show, where we cover education and outreach (Episode 1), how to use compost and mulch on dry soils for maximum effect (Episode 2), and how the public sector can support compost and soil health to tackle drought (Episode 3).

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Pesticides more toxic for soil organisms in dry soil, at enhanced temperatures

Pesticides more toxic for soil organisms in dry soil, at enhanced temperatures | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Soil organisms react more sensitive to marketable pesticides when exposed in dry soil and at enhanced temperatures. Both conditions may occur more often in the future due to climate change. Singularly and combined these factors lower the toxicity threshold of fungicides for springtails.
The Organic Stream's insight:

Another important signal that using compost on soil in dry areas (prone to drought) provides greater benefits and less risk to soil (and therefore plant life).


Compost and mulching are both essential for dryer climates. Why not take a listen to agronomists Bob Shaffer and Stephen Andrews as they take us through the best practices for using mulch and composted mulch on your dry soils?

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Wilmington compost plant to fight shutdown order - The News Journal

Wilmington compost plant to fight shutdown order - The News Journal | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
A long-troubled food waste composting business near the Port of Wilmington has appealed a state-ordered shutdown and cleanup, saying regulators acted unreasonably and lacked evidence to support the closing.
The Organic Stream's insight:

A shame to see any composting facility ordered to close. As Jeff Ziegenbein (of the Inland Empire Regional Composting Authority) remarked on episode 25 of The Organic Stream Podcast, if a composting site is not planned properly or falls out of favour with the regulators or neighbours -  shut-downs will and do happen.

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The Secret to a Carbon-Friendly Diet May Surprise You

The Secret to a Carbon-Friendly Diet May Surprise You | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Author Nicolette Hahn Niman discusses soil's important role in sequestering carbon and the unexpected ways that eaters can help mitigate climate change.
The Organic Stream's insight:

It doesn't surprise us at Compostory.


If you're interested in the topic of soil health and its integral role in our survival, why not listen to Robin Murray in our two-part podcast show on this very topic!


Listen to episode one here.

And episode two here!

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City-wide composting put on back burner

City-wide composting put on back burner | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
It looks like a city-wide composting program in Saskatoon won't be happening anytime soon.
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Lessons to be learned here about the vital importance of outreach and education. Public reaction to change can be very negative when there isn't enough understanding of the importance of organic recycling.

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Austin Business Diverts Food Scraps to Organic Gardens by Bicycle ("shades of bgy sun valley model")

Austin Business Diverts Food Scraps to Organic Gardens by Bicycle ("shades of bgy sun valley model") | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
One Austin company is thinking outside the trash can, diverting more than 100 tons of food scraps to community gardens – by bicycle.

East Side Compost Pedallers diverts biodegradable waste that would otherwise end up in the landfill to local organic gardens and farmers to become nutrient-rich compost. Their business has grown by 10 percent since July.

By pedaling “scrapple” (their term for compostable food scraps) on custom-fit bikes, the riders for East Side Compost Pedallers get an amazing work-out, and help the environment, all while promoting food sustainability. It’s a win-win-win scenario.

Residents pay only $4 a week to have their ‘scrapple’ picked up and diverted to where it can do some good. The company has only seven cyclists at the moment, but plans to grow as demand continues to increase. They may be aided by the fact that Austin, Texas, unlike many other U.S. cities, has a small compost pilot program available to residents of some neighborhoods.

Seed sovereignty and food sustainability are key issues in the GMO-tainted world, and businesses like this one turn biotech’s claim that we can’t feed our growing populations without their toxic products on its head.


Via Bert Guevara
The Organic Stream's insight:

Great example of compost collection scheme that keeps things local and sustainable.


Local programs can help foster environmental stewardship in communities, educate people in the importance of recycling organics, decrease traffic on roads and therefore air pollution and greenhouse gas emmisions. WHat's not to like about this scenario?


For more thoughts on why composting should stay local, listen to our special on community composting in NYC!

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, October 21, 2014 9:38 PM

Small strides in the right long-range direction.

"Worldwatch Institute also says that world hunger is best solved by small-scale agriculture, not the industrial agricultural model we’ve all been finagled into. Bye-Bye GMO. Hello organic composting (from recycled food scraps!) and non-GMO seeds."