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Green Party draft manifesto includes food waste ban to landfill - letsrecycle.com

Green Party draft manifesto includes food waste ban to landfill - letsrecycle.com | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Green Party draft proposals for election manifesto include food waste ban to landfill and higher recycling target for 2020
The Organic Stream's insight:

Interestingly, The Green Party are also considering a tax on disposable nappies (diapers). We of course would hope to see them consider promoting reusable nappies and investing in cleaning services (which would also create more job opportunities).

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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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ZWS awards Scottish Borders Council £250,000 for food waste service | Resource Magazine

ZWS awards Scottish Borders Council £250,000 for food waste service | Resource Magazine | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Zero Waste Scotland has awarded Scottish Borders Council with a £250,000 funding package to assist with the launch of its new food waste collection service.
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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.

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The Business Of Community Composting In USA « BioCycle

The Business Of Community Composting In USA « BioCycle | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"Community-scale composting is often perceived as having limits to its processing capacity, growth, equipment use, etc. Increasingly, however, these composters and collection enterprises have developed innovations to provide their service to as many members of their community that wish to engage with them, no matter the size of that community. This article highlights three innovative companies that have developed tools to enhance their businesses’ ability to service more generators, divert larger quantities of organics, engage more citizens and, overall, help make their communities more resilient."

The Organic Stream's insight:

Interesting to see the many different ways community composters have established themselves, and the innovations taking place - particularly the web-based aps developed by Community Composting in NYC.


(For more on community composting, check out our interview with David Buckel from Added Value Red Hook Community Farm in Brooklyn!)

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Every City Needs Vancouver's Ban on Food Scraps

Every City Needs Vancouver's Ban on Food Scraps | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
To kick off 2015, Vancouver has resolved to eliminate food products from its waste stream entirely.
The Organic Stream's insight:

Loving the talking food awareness campaign! The city rolled out this campaign in 2014, giving themselves a year to spread the word before implementation this year. A great example of effective awareness spreading. Let's hope it pays off!

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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...
The Organic Stream's insight:

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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Canadians waste a lot of food

Canadians waste a lot of food | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
According to the Value Chain Management Centre, Canadians waste an estimated $13.4 billion worth of food yearly.
The Organic Stream's insight:

Once again a big issue here are expiry dates on food and people's confusion over what it means.

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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...
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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.
The Organic Stream's insight:

An example of food waste outreach and education that thinks outside the box.

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Plan to stop food waste becomes a dead letter: Barroso and the food lobby

Plan to stop food waste becomes a dead letter: Barroso and the food lobby | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Jose Manuel Barroso and his Secretary-General of the EU Commission Catherine Day have blocked an internal communication proposing an action plan to reduce food waste. According to Green Belgian MEP Bart Staes, burying the internal communication entitled "Building a Sustainable European Food System” was ‘a cynical war on common sense’ from the side of the Commission.

Via ZWE
The Organic Stream's insight:

"...a spokesman for the Commission, said: "This is a classic Bart Staes Commission-bashing. President Barroso has taken this decision because it was felt that in the little time left --that is six weeks before the end of its mandate--, this Commission could not take such a major initiative and has decided to leave it for the next college.”


"This is not true”, Bart Staes told New Europe. “The paper was ready and presented for the first time in the Commission already end of April. It could have been adopted in spring, but they buried it already then.”

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ZWE's curator insight, September 17, 2014 10:03 AM

Europeans want to reduce food waste => Contrary to what he claims, Barroso's move promoted euroscepticism instead of stopping it.

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EXCESS NYC: ArtSpace, New Haven, CT

EXCESS NYC: ArtSpace, New Haven, CT | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

Why don't you compost? 
EXCESS NYC (Brooke Singer + Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga) with Brad Armstrong at Vagaries of the Commons ArtSpace, New Haven, July 25 - September 13, 2014
Poster Design by Jerome Harris 
Installation photos of ExcessNYC at Artspace.

The Organic Stream's insight:

Interesting artistic piece that dispels the myths and arguments against composting - a great example of how art and activism can be combined to help support #composting and turn the naysayers around.

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French MPs propose forcing supermarkets to hand over all unsold food to charity - Telegraph

French MPs propose forcing supermarkets to hand over all unsold food to charity - Telegraph | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Group of French MPs want to make it compulsory for all big supermarkets to donate all unsold but still edible food to charities
The Organic Stream's insight:

Additionaly: "Officials of the European Commission recently tabled proposals to allow national governments to extend the list of foods that do not require best-before dates, in a move which they believe will mean 15 million tons less food a year is discarded by households wrongly worried that it is no longer fit for consumption."

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An increase of just one day on product life across a range of foods could prevent 250,000 tonnes of food waste each year, claims WRAP report

An increase of just one day on product life across a range of foods could prevent 250,000 tonnes of food waste each year, claims WRAP report | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
WRAP estimates that an increase of just one day on product life* across a range of foods could prevent around 250,000 tonnes of food waste each year, in households and in the supply chain, by giving consumers longer to eat the food they buy.
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Shocking levels of food waste in Kenya caused by standard practices of European and UK retailers - FOOD WASTE FEAST AT TEDX NAIROBI (2014 event)

Shocking levels of food waste in Kenya caused by standard practices of European and UK retailers - FOOD WASTE FEAST AT TEDX NAIROBI (2014 event) | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

The Feedback team has uncovered shocking levels of food waste in Kenya caused by standard practices of European and UK retailers. Farmers are faced with overly restrictive cosmetic standards on the appearance of produce and have orders cancelled at the last minute and often after the produce has been flown in to Europe. Many small farmers end up bearing the financial cost of these practices, suffering significant hardship as a result.

The Organic Stream's insight:

"As the retailers do not pay for any of the costs of this waste, they have little incentive to reduce it, and farmers are forced to cover the cost of the fertilizer, agricultural inputs and labour for large harvests they cannot sell. One Kenyan farmer called this ‘psychological torture’ for the farm workers."


As much as we concentrate on food waste in the home, it is just as vital to consider pre-consumer wastage when talking about making a real impact. Unfair trading practices (in this instance European practices) play a massive role in the food waste crisis, and no substantial progress can be made without addressing these issues.

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Alameda County: Troubling trend in recycling food waste

Alameda County: Troubling trend in recycling food waste | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Something strange has happened inside Alameda County garbage cans, and it has sounded an alarm for those working against climate change.
The Organic Stream's insight:

"It could be people are suffering from food waste fatigue," Wolff said. "They may think, 'I've been doing this for a year, it kind of smells, and I'm tired of it.'"


An interesting case for us to consider in the organics collection world. Why exactly have residents slowly stopped recycling their organics at home, and what can we do to encourage them to keep it up long-term?


Whatever the answers, it's a clear sign that public awareness and education of the benefits of organics recycling needs to keep going beyond the first few years - it's a message that needs repeating again and again to keep it fresh in everyone's mind!

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Food Scrap Composting Challenges and Solutions in Illinois Report - Illinois Food Scrap Coalition

Food Scrap Composting Challenges and Solutions in Illinois Report - Illinois Food Scrap Coalition | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"This report is designed to educate elected officials, composting industry stakeholders and advocates, and the public at-large about opportunities and strategies related to developing a robust food scrap composting industry in Illinois. This report and the Executive Summary of Recommendations support the work of the Task Force on the Advancement of Materials Recycling, and include recommendations already being addressed by the Task Force – including the SB850 transfer station pilot program, Illinois food labeling and national labeling standards, state procurement policy requiring the use of Illinois compost, and compost site permitting revisions."

The Organic Stream's insight:

Very interesting report focusing solely on composting of food scraps by the  Illinois Food Scrap Coalition. Take a look!

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BioCycle Nationwide Survey: Residential Food Waste Collection In The U.S.

BioCycle Nationwide Survey: Residential Food Waste Collection In The U.S. | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"Interest in residential food waste collection is huge throughout the U.S. That interest is tempered, however, by the economics, logistics and politics in many communities, which can make implementation difficult. In the first part of BioCycle’s Nationwide Survey Report (“Taking States’ Pulse On Residential Food Waste Collection,” October 2014), many of these drivers and barriers were addressed on a state-by-state basis. Part II offers a glimpse into communities that are implementing curbside collection of food scraps."

The Organic Stream's insight:

Food waste collection is steadily growing in the US - 2.74 million households now with curbside collection schemes.


There is still a long way to go of course, (as pointed out to us by Michele Giavini on twitter, food waste collection in Italy is at 20 million households!), but we are excited to see how far and how quickly organics collection will spread in the upcoming years.

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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
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?

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Organics recyclers slam ‘short-sighted’ Labour food waste U-turn - letsrecycle.com

Organics recyclers slam ‘short-sighted’ Labour food waste U-turn - letsrecycle.com | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Organics recycling sector disappointed with Labour decision to backtrack on food waste pledge
The Organic Stream's insight:

Short-sited is a good way to describe these comments from the Labour party in the UK. Without a landfill ban on organics, landfills will reach capacity at a much higher rate, and there will be a great loss of opportunity in terms of new revenue streams and employment generated by a booming organics recycling sector.


“By encouraging the recycling of this material it provides investment and confidence in the sector, which is important. Labour should also be thinking beyond relatively small cost boundaries and looking at the environmental impacts.”

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Anaerobic digestion delivers Nestlé a sweet £350,000

Anaerobic digestion delivers Nestlé a sweet £350,000 | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
An on-site bio-energy plant at Nestlé's Fawdon confectionery factory, near Newcastle in the UK, is helping it cut its carbon footprint and generate value from food production residues.

One year after commissioning Clearfleau, who designed and built the plant, has released the energy output results for the installation. The plant is converting 200,000 litres per day of feedstock into renewable energy. This feedstock includes wash waters from the site and 1,200 tonnes of residual bi-products and ingredients a year.
The biogas produced is fuelling a combined heat and power engine, which produces 200kW of electricity, used in the confectionery production process. This is around 8% of the factory’s power requirements, cutting the annual electricity bill by about £100,000 per annum. In addition, the site has registered for the Feed in Tariff, and will receive annual payments of about £250,000 per annum.

"The plant is converting 200,000 litres per day of feedstock into renewable energy."

Previously, production residues from Fawdon, the former Rowntree factory, home to gums, pastilles and Rolo’s, were discharged to the sewer or fed to pigs in the locality. Following the installation of the anaerobic digestion (AD) plant, all bio-degradable production residues are now converted into renewable energy on the factory site.
Clearfleau used its mobile trial unit to showcase the digestion technology to the management and workforce at the Fawdon site before construction and to help optimise the process design.

Nestlé's head of sustainability, Inder Poonaji, says: “On-site treatment of production residues will help us reduce the wider environmental impact of our business and meet our sustainability goals."
The Clearfleau’s design has a high-rate liquid based digestion system, and its compact design to fit on the edge of the factory car park.
The payback period on Nestlé's investment in Clearfleau's AD plant is predicted to be 4-5 years.
Clearfleau's chief executive, Craig Chapman, said: “For Nestlé, what was previously a processing overhead is now a valuable financial and environmental asset. The advantages of anaerobic digestion are becoming more apparent and we are currently building AD plants on dairy, distillery, food and biofuel manufacturing sites."

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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!

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Editorial: A smart move by the City Council on composting

Editorial: A smart move by the City Council on composting | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"The Seattle City Council last week wisely put the city on a path toward less of it with a simple law that prohibits garbage from containing more than 10 percent food waste."

The Organic Stream's insight:

Good to see a slow and steady change take place. Giving plenty of time for education and credits to ease the transition and make sure everybody is on board when the new law comes in is a good strategy.

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Lichfield and Tamworth stop collecting food waste.

Lichfield and Tamworth stop collecting food waste. | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Lichfield District Council and Tamworth Borough Council stop accepting food waste in organics bins due to costs.
The Organic Stream's insight:

Bad news from the UK. Only 20% of people used their compost bins, therefore the council decided it was not a cost effective option. 20% participation rate is quite low - perhaps there were possibilities to increase the numbers?


Most worryingly, the council is advising people to wrap their food waste in newspaper or additional bin bags in order to combat odour and maggots. 

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Banning food waste: companies in Massachusetts get ready to compost

Banning food waste: companies in Massachusetts get ready to compost | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

Massachusetts recently enacted the most aggressive mandatory composting program in history. How are companies adapting?"

The Organic Stream's insight:

Interesting follow up on the commercial food waste ban in Massachusetts that's soon to start. The government seem to be proactive in fostering innovative ways to divert the leftovers (over 800,000 tons) and spurring the growth of small compost and AD operations with grants and loans.

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