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The Evolution of EPR for Packaging in the United States | Upstream

The Evolution of EPR for Packaging in the United States | Upstream | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"As UPSTREAM fans may know, we’ve been involved in the EPR Packaging debates in the United States for nearly four years now. While there has been significant opposition from many consumer brands during this time, there has been a groundswell of support building from local governments, as well as an openness from some waste and recycling businesses to this policy approach."

The Organic Stream's insight:

An interesting perspective on extended producer responsibility for packaging from the United States:


"In the end, it all comes down to money and control. Most of the stakeholders in the recycling supply chain – local governments, collectors, processors and end-users (including many packaging suppliers) – want the funding from producer fees to optimize recycling systems. However, over the last four years, much of the US discussions and subsequent controversy focused on a 100% producer-financed and controlled recycling system and the massive power-shift inherent in this approach."

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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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Peterborough (UK) charity calls for ‘zero waste’

Peterborough (UK) charity calls for ‘zero waste’ | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
An independent Peterborough charity has called for “long-term behaviour change” with regards to how residents dispose of their waste.
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A positive story from the UK: "The Peterborough Environment City Trust is looking to push the city towards establishing itself as the UK’s environment capital."


Great to see Peterborough focusing on Zero Waste as a way to improve their city and the quality of life for their inhabitants.



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First Closed-Loop Organics Waste Management System in North America Moves Forward

First Closed-Loop Organics Waste Management System in North America Moves Forward | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Iris Solutions has been selected by the city of Surrey to build the Surrey Biofuels Processing Facility project in Canada. According to the city, once the biofuel processing facility is operational, Surrey will be home to th...
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Promising project underway in Surrey, Canada. Surrey has already set us a curbside organics collection scheme, which has led to a 40% reduction in materials going to landfill.


We're happy to see they will be producing a compost product along with biogas, as sustainable organics recycling must see carbon being returned to the soil.


The economic benefits that Surrey has enjoyed from organic diversion alone are worth mentioning too. Annual savings in Surrey’s waste collection costs are $3 million, and they save $2 million a year from Annual savings from organic versus garbage disposal. (from Department of Surrey Engineering Department's PCP National Measures Report 2012 webinar).

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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.
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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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Cultivating Climate Justice: Brazilian Workers Leading the Charge Toward Zero Waste

Cultivating Climate Justice: Brazilian Workers Leading the Charge Toward Zero Waste | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
The recycling workers of Brazil are on the forefront of a nation-wide movement for zero waste.
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Great article covering the growing recycling and Zero Waste movement in Brazil!


We are proud to have been able to be a part of some of this year's zero waste events, and we continue to be inspired and encouraged by the great work being done all across the country.

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The true horror of the damage inflicted by plastic waste in the oceans

The true horror of the damage inflicted by plastic waste in the oceans | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
New research has found the risks posed by roughly 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating around in the oceans goes far beyond killing seabirds

Via ZWE
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Nicholas Patrie's curator insight, December 17, 2014 8:23 PM

pretty gruesome and eye opening picture of what is going on in the oceans we live in. This plastic killed the bird that thought it was food but this goes well beyond the birds and fish in the present. The future will be a scary place because this will kill plenty of the fish and birds and cause catastrophic problems in our ecosystem. Humans will have a harder time eating food in the future if we don't clean some of this stuff up.

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Is waste a source of renewable energy?

Is waste a source of renewable energy? | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
by Mike Brown   Whenever you look at material produced by the developers and users of energy from waste (EfW) incinerators, you soon come across the phrase “renewable energy”. Vince Cable used the term to describe a new incinerator in Lincolnshire just last week. On the websites of companies such as Viridor, SITA, of councils from…

Via ZWE
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Great article discussing the problem with promoting EfW as a viable or sustainable source of renewable energy, and the potential for greenwashing this poses.

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ZWE's curator insight, December 5, 2014 10:40 AM

Good article describing the dangerous label of "renewable energy" for waste. Waste is something you want to reduce and renewable energy is something you want to boost, this flagrant contradiction should suffice to stop this greenwashing.

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Reducing use of plastic bags: MEPs strike deal with Council Presidency

Reducing use of plastic bags: MEPs strike deal with Council Presidency | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
All the latest news from the Press Service of the European Parliament: votes, resolutions, debates, parliamentary committees and the plenary.
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Promising steps to further reduce plastic waste in Europe!

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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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Lessons Learned from San Jose, CA: Building Anaerobic Digestion Facilities for Municipal Organics

Lessons Learned from San Jose, CA: Building Anaerobic Digestion Facilities for Municipal Organics | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
New high-solids anaerobic digestion and composting facility in San Jose with Deputy Director of the Environmental Services Department at the City of San Jose, California, Jo Zientek. Jo shares her experiences, challenges and advice on
The Organic Stream's insight:
Episode 26 of The Organic Stream podcast is out! This week, we speak with Jo Zientek of the City of San Jose about their new high solids anaerobic digestion/composting and biogas facility in order to learn about their experiences, their challenges and successes in the development and operation of the facility. A long process, and many lessons learned.

Really great interview and excellent information in this episode, take a listen!

Thank you to Zero Waste Energy Development Company LLC, and Republic Services for making this episode possible.
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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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Seattle threatens fines for not composting

Seattle threatens fines for not composting | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Listen to the story on Rivet (Seattle threatens fines for not composting. http://t.co/hTAAJKzKnf)
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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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Another great reminder to skip the plastic bag or bottle at the shop.

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New case study: The story of Contarina shows that 85% recycling is possible!

New case study: The story of Contarina shows that 85% recycling is possible! | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

This case study proves that high recycling targets are not only feasible, they also save money and create jobs

Zero Waste Europe publishes today a new case study showing that in less than 15 years it is possible to reach more than 80% in separate collection whilst reducing costs and creating jobs.

Contarina is responsible for the management of waste in most of the province of Treviso where they serve 554,000 inhabitants and reaching average levels of source separation of 85% whilst generating only 53kg of non-recyclable waste per inhabitant and year. In contrast, the EU average level of source separation is 42% and a 285kg per inhabitant and year of residual waste.


It’s not only these impressive rates that make Contarina a zero waste champion, but its commitment to continuously improve its performance and advance towards zero waste. Good proof of this is the goal to recycle 96,7% of the waste by 2022 and reduce the residual fraction to 10kg per inhabitant and year.

“This experience proves that the targets set in the circular economy package, which VP Timmermans plans to withdraw, are not only realistic but they are the right way to stimulate the economy; creating jobs and increasing resource efficiency” said Joan Marc Simon, Director of Zero Waste Europe

Today, these case studies show that, in contrast with the outdated idea of burning or burying our waste, preventing, reusing and recycling it create jobs and resilience, save money, and protect the environment and public health.


Via ZWE
The Organic Stream's insight:

Another excellent case study just hot off the presses from Zero Waste Europe. It reports that a vital ingredient for Contarina's success was the commitment from the local government to keep incineration out of the system altogether (which comes as no surprise!).


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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
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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?

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Health Threat May Keep Incinerators from Turning Trash to Power

Health Threat May Keep Incinerators from Turning Trash to Power | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
New incinerators appeal to cities looking to get rid of garbage and produce renewable power. But local leaders find it tough to weigh sparse evidence on health threats against public opposition

Via Mariel Vilella
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Organic mulch lets insect pollinators do their job

Organic mulch lets insect pollinators do their job | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Researchers compared the effects of nontillage weed control methods, including polyethylene black plastic, woodchips, shredded newspaper, a combination of shredded newspaper plus grass clippings, and bare soil (control) on soil characteristics, squash pollination and fruit production, and squash bee nesting. Shredded newspaper combined with grass clippings was determined to be effective mulch material that improved crop performance with no apparent negative impacts on squash bee nesting or on squash floral resources and pollination.
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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.
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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.

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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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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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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.
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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.


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This is Rubbish uses drama to prevent food waste | Resource Magazine

This is Rubbish uses drama to prevent food waste | Resource Magazine | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
This is Rubbish’s Edible Education project to use theatrical performances to help prevent food waste.
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An example of food waste outreach and education that thinks outside the box.

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UK Must Embrace Organic Waste to Hit Recycling Targets – ISWA Blog

UK Must Embrace Organic Waste to Hit Recycling Targets – ISWA Blog | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
ISWA President, David Newman argues that the UK must look at best practice for organic waste management if it is to significantly increase recycling rates.
The Organic Stream's insight:

"Also, the dismissal by some speakers of the very idea of a landfill ban on organics, which has worked excellently in driving composting and AD elsewhere in Europe, shows the key limitations to non-market driven solutions to UK waste management thinking.  Yet everyone was concerned recycling rates in the UK have remained flat for the last three years at around 43%- without organic waste, it will be hard to improve this."

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