Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org
5.0K views | +1 today
Follow
Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org
The Organic Stream insights on the latest happenings in the recycling sphere
Curated by ZWE
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scoop.it!

Napa Curbside Composting Program Aims To Keep 8,000 Tons Of Material Out Of Landfills

Napa Curbside Composting Program Aims To Keep 8,000 Tons Of Material Out Of Landfills | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
A curbside composting program in Napa could keep more than 8,000 tons of material out of its landfill each year, city officials said.
more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

From trash to cash: Seattle's new composting law is big business for Cedar Grove - Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle)

From trash to cash: Seattle's new composting law is big business for Cedar Grove - Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle) | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Cedar Grove said it's concerned businesses that aren't used to composting could cause sorting headaches.
The Organic Stream's insight:

As the mandatory composting law takes effect, continued education & awareness campaigns will be essential to keep contamination rates low.

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

Study: Composting In Minnesota Good For Economy, Environment - CBS Local

Study: Composting In Minnesota Good For Economy, Environment - CBS Local | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Composting has become more than just a growing trend, it's generating millions of dollars for Minnesota's economy. The Minnesota Composting Council recently did the first-ever statewide study of the Minnesota composting industry.
The Organic Stream's insight:

Great to see studies done to prove the economic benefits of composting: composting industry is worth $148 million and more than 700 jobs in Minnesota.

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

Mandatory community-based curbside composting service requires citizens to pay for composting

Mandatory community-based curbside composting service requires citizens to pay for composting | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
The next evolution of trash services requires citizens in some Colorado cities to pay for composting services.
The Organic Stream's insight:

Lafayette city in Colorado USA is beginning their mandatory composting service. A city-wide mandatory service will often experience some backlash, as evidenced here in this (slightly negative) report - and it is interesting to understand both how the topic is being framed, and people's concerns regarding mandatory composting.


Cost is of course a big factor, but the fact that there is no option to opt-out seems to be the central cause of frustration among some residents. Lafayette's Public Works Director does explain that recycling food waste will reduce the general waste volume and allow people to downsize their trash cart, but perhaps this is still not clear to all residents.


It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Lafayette, and we hope the city's composting program will be successful.

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

Seattle Tries Shaming Its Citizens Into Participating in Composting

Seattle Tries Shaming Its Citizens Into Participating in Composting | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
The city's "scarlet letter" system joins a long line of policies designed to embarrass. But do they work?
The Organic Stream's insight:

Will shame keep people vigilant about what they put in their bins? Only time will tell!


Of course, alongside the red sticker system, perhaps some positive reinforcement (like a gold star or reward system) would help motivate them for the right reasons too, and help foster a more positive relationship with recycling.

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

Organic Waste Management Course | OrganicStream.org

Organic Waste Management Course | OrganicStream.org | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
The Organic Stream Video Course teaches new-generation organic waste management via free classes designed for municipalities & agriculture worldwide
The Organic Stream's insight:

Dear friends,


It’s our great pleasure to introduce the sixth lesson of our online course on Organic Waste Management.

Lesson 6: Evaluating Composting Best Practices: How to?
In this lesson, we review the most common composting processes that are used around the globe by gardeners, communities, farms and commercial facilities. There are many parameters to consider when deciding which composting process to opt for. Rather than recommending solutions, this lesson will teach you how to evaluate which composting systems are suitable for your particular program.

We would like to thank Kollvik recycling, European Composting Systems and Resource Recovery Australia for making this lesson possible.

We invite you to connect with us if you have any questions. If you haven’t registered for the course yet, you can request an invitation here.

Happy learning!
The Team at The Organic Stream

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

Best Practice Database SCOW

Best Practice Database SCOW | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

This database is one of the outputs of the SCOW project. It includes 14 records with detailed technical and economical information about collection and specially treatment systems using different decentralized composting models with good results and functioning.


Via ZWE
more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

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.
The Organic Stream's insight:

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

More communication needed on recycling | Resource Magazine

More communication needed on recycling | Resource Magazine | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Around a quarter of UK householders are ‘highly effective’ recyclers but the majority are still confused over what can and cannot be recycled, a new WRAP report has found.
The Organic Stream's insight:

Very interesting article exploring the behaviours of residents when it comes to recycling - and the findings clearly demonstrate the need for communication as a significant proportion of residents were unsure or not at all confident about what they can recycle (79% unsure whether food waste could be recycled!).

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

New York's curbside composting program hits bump in the road to landfill diversion - Mother Nature Network

New York's curbside composting program hits bump in the road to landfill diversion - Mother Nature Network | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Well, this stinks: The Delaware facility where New York City sends its compostable waste for processing has closed. So where's it being sent now?
The Organic Stream's insight:

One of the best articles covering New York's current composting situation. A very big shame to hear the New York City composting pilot program has hit this snag in their journey.


For a mega city such as New York, changing habits and systems is a trial and error process that takes time. We spoke with Director of Department of Sanitation, Bridget Anderson back in August this year, who gave us a picture of the complexity, the challenges and the impressive scope of the pilot program.


A key factor in the contamination rate is the allowance of conventional plastic bags for collecting the organics. While this creates an incentive for participants to give it a try, it is by no means sustainable in the long run, or practical for facilities. This quote by Bridget Anderson sums up their current dilemma:


"We're stuck right now in this place where we're trying to encourage the front end behavior and also figure out how to manage the processing side," she said.  "So there's a little bit of a chicken-and-egg issue."


There are many lessons we can learn from New York, and we hope they will succeed in lowering the contamination rate and finding a suitable solution closer to home so they can reach their goal of a sustainable city-wide composting scheme.

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

No One Said Curbside Composting Would Be Easy

No One Said Curbside Composting Would Be Easy | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
This is the second part of a three-part series, "What A Waste: Why We Have To Stop Throwing Food Away." Seattle and Portland are working to
more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

Freeport Town sees food waste as compost opportunity

Freeport Town sees food waste as compost opportunity | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
FREEPORT - The town of Freeport is adding another tool for residents to participate in composting, which not only provides nutrients for gardens, but also reduces the amount of material going into the solid waste stream.
The Organic Stream's insight:

Great to see more options for composting!

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

Food sustainability growing across ASU

Food sustainability growing across ASU | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Composting, campus harvesting and consumption reduction are key in making ASU’s dining halls and food services more sustainable. see more
The Organic Stream's insight:

"However, it is possible to nudge students in the right direction. For example, the lack of trays in the dining hall is not without reason. “We noticed that, with trays, people tend to take a little more food than they might actually eat, so this takes out some of that waste,” says Hicks."


Lovely article about the composting program set up in Arizona State University. Let's learn from each other.

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

Even Composting Comes With Sticker Shock - New York Times

Even Composting Comes With Sticker Shock - New York Times | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"The most bedeviling problem for the company that turns most of the Puget Sound region’s kitchen waste into compost is on a piece of fruit. Almost every piece of fruit.


It’s that little sticker that tells you whether the fruit, and many kinds of vegetables, are organic, where they came from and which code a supermarket cashier should punch into the cash register."

The Organic Stream's insight:

Fruit stickers are a particular nuisance for composters - and we can see why. They're small and difficult to spot.


Quite interested in Cedar Grove's solution to the problem - encouraging people to collect the stickers for prizes!

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

Community composting in Hernani, Gipuzkoa: less costs, more recycling, more education


Via ZWE
The Organic Stream's insight:

Great video!

more...
ZWE's curator insight, February 27, 2015 4:44 AM

Great video from Hernani in which you can see how cheap, simple solutions save costs and emissions and educate citizens at same time!

Scoop.it!

Land Use Tweaks Can Halve CO2 Emissions Gap

Land Use Tweaks Can Halve CO2 Emissions Gap | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
A new report, “Halfway There? What the Land Sector Can Contribute to Closing the Emissions Gap Post-2020,” contributes some very useful measurement schemes that will benefit nations beginning to calculate their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) prior to the critical Paris UN climate change meeting (COP21) this December. These metrics will aid in bridging the gap
more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

TOS#31: Organics Recycling in France: How New Compost Standards & Incoming Laws will Change the Landscape. With Thomas Colin (France). | OrganicStream.org

TOS#31: Organics Recycling in France: How New Compost Standards & Incoming Laws will Change the Landscape. With Thomas Colin (France). | OrganicStream.org | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
TOS#31: We explore the new French compost label & quality standards by Compost Plus, and how they will transform the organics recycling industry in France. We also take a look at source separation in the country, and how the incoming law will bring sustainability closer than ever.
The Organic Stream's insight:

Episode 31 of The Organic Stream is out now! We’re in France this week with Thomas Colin of Compost Plus to learn more about the new compost label and quality assurance system they have designed, which is set to greatly elevate the quality and status of compost made from source-separated organics and create a new level of trust with compost users.

Thomas also gives us an update on the exciting events taking place regarding the Energy Transition Law which, if passed, will  transform the composting and organics recycling industry in France and bring source separation to the forefront.

Take a listen and enjoy!

Thank you to ecovio® from BASF for making this episode possible.

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

TOS#30: Going Zero Waste: Implementing Organics Diversion at Stadiums, Venues & Events | OrganicStream.org

TOS#30: Going Zero Waste: Implementing Organics Diversion at Stadiums, Venues & Events | OrganicStream.org | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
TOS#30: We take a close look at implementing organics at events and venues diversion and explore the work involved in organising, planning and putting in place a zero waste strategy with our guest Leslie Lukacs of L2Environmental.
The Organic Stream's insight:

The Organic Stream podcast, episode 30 is now out!

In this episode we explore the work involved in organising, planning and putting in place an organics diversion program for events with our guest, Leslie Lukacs. As founder and principal of L2 Environmental (California, USA), Leslie has spent many years organising zero waste policies at various types of events and venues.


She tells us about her experiences, how to work with local composters and source the right serviceware, how to approach educating staff and the public, how to deal with common challenges, and much more.


Take a listen and enjoy!

Thank you to ecovio® from BASF for making this episode possible.

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

Turning Waste into Wine: A Pilgrimage to the Composted Land | A World of Words

Turning Waste into Wine: A Pilgrimage to the Composted Land | A World of Words | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

It is said that Jesus was able to turn water into wine. While such truly miraculous skill to this day remains confined to the realm of saints and sages, I bring good news about a wine-making technique that is — especially in light of Pope Francis’ recent warning about the destructive consequences of unbridled consumerism on the planet — no less uplifting, and most importantly, attainable by any and all:


The composting of municipal food waste into organic fertilizer to provide the nutrients necessary for soils to support healthy vines and carbon-sequestering roots that produce the kind of grapes responsible for heavenly wines, from here to eternity.


Via ZWE
more...
ZWE's curator insight, January 23, 2015 3:49 AM

Great zero waste writing!

Scoop.it!

Composting program slow to catch on - The Recorder

Composting program slow to catch on - The Recorder | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
GREENFIELD — The composting program Greenfield started a year ago this month is doing “OK,” but not as well as
The Organic Stream's insight:

We wish Greenfield every success in their composting program. As pointed out in the article, however, bringing food scraps to a central point is not as practical for householders as curbside collection would be.


Although it's only been a year since the service was opened, more will have to be done to bring people along if the town wants to achieve the goal 100% organics diverted from dumps in 2020  - either through education and awareness, or a change in the system to make it easier for people.


For more on education and awareness campaigns, why not take a listen to our interview with Bridget Anderson of the DSNY on their extensive education and outreach strategy for the curbside collection pilot program in New York City?

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

Maryland environmental officials introduce zero-waste plan

Maryland environmental officials introduce zero-waste plan | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
The Maryland Department of the Environment introduces a 25-year zero-waste plan in an effort to reduce the amount of trash in the state.
The Organic Stream's insight:

Coverage of Maryland's (USA) new Zero Waste Plan (reaching for a zero waste goal by 2040).


Importantly, it highlights the concerns of a number of environmental groups that the state is set to continue promoting incineration as an option for waste disposal and renewable energy production.

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

Composting Catching on in Aspen Restaurants, Homes

Composting Catching on in Aspen Restaurants, Homes | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
The landfill in Pitkin County is nearing the end of its life and one new program may keep it open longer. Organizers of what’s called the SCRAPS program
The Organic Stream's insight:

A need to lower greenhouse gas emissions and keep their landfill open longer sees a community begin to compost.


We hope more and more materials begin to be diverted!

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

City Council Looks At Whether Philadelphia Should Have Citywide Food ... - CBS Local

City Council Looks At Whether Philadelphia Should Have Citywide Food ... - CBS Local | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Calling the hearing was 8th District Councilwoman Cindy Bass, a composting proponent. She says,
"Food waste doesn't belong in the trash. It belongs in the compost bin."
The Organic Stream's insight:

Strong words by composter Ned Foley here.


“Food waste composting can be done, and it can be done well, and it can be done without odors, and it can be done in the backyards of fancy homes.”


Lets hope Philadelphia listen and agree!

more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

Willen Biogas opens North London composting facility - letsrecycle.com

Willen Biogas opens North London composting facility - letsrecycle.com | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
VIDEO REPORT: An open windrow composting facility that will treat some 25,000 tonnes of green waste each year from businesses in and around London has officially opened in Enfield. The Willen Biogas green waste facility, based at Cattlegate Farm on the border with Hertfordshire, was made possible by £7.5 million in funding from the Green Investment Bank. letsrecycle.com video production...
more...
No comment yet.
Scoop.it!

Surprise: Biodegradable plastic bags usually aren't

Surprise: Biodegradable plastic bags usually aren't | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
"Oxodegradable" is the latest iffy marketing term for plastic bags.
The Organic Stream's insight:

The confusion around biodegradable, compostable, and bioplastics plays right into the hands of those who would participate in greenwashing, and also makes it difficult for those handling the plastics on the ground to have full confidence in the regulations.


While we have various standards in place (in Europe and in the USA), there are calls for more stringent regulations and an end to greenwashing and contamination.


For an introduction to the issues at hand and the current situation for both municipalities and composting sites dealing with these plastics, listen to episode 24 of The Organic Stream.


more...
No comment yet.