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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!

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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.

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We dump 8 million tons of plastic into the ocean each year. Where does it all go?

We dump 8 million tons of plastic into the ocean each year. Where does it all go? | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Every single ocean now has a massive swirling plastic garbage patch.
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