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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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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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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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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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Beverage Carton Recycling Rate Continues to Rise in Europe

Beverage Carton Recycling Rate Continues to Rise in Europe | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"The latest figures on carton recycling in the EU have shown that 42% of beverage cartons were recycled in 2013, equivalent to approximately 425,000 tonnes of cartons and a a rise of 3% on the 2012 figures. The increase follows the year on year increase of 3% recorded from 2011-12 and brings the total recovery rate (comprising recycling and energy recovery) has now reached 71% across the EU."

The Organic Stream's insight:

Great news for Europe and recycling!

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MIT Study into Curbside Collection of Organics - describes conditions needed for success

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An in-depth analysis into what makes an organics curbside collection scheme work and why, taking a close look at case studies and outlines the steps needed to take to get started on designing the system.


Importantly, this study highlights the value of first setting up pilot programs to test various systems and to build a case for expansion, also giving examples of when (and why) these pilot schemes failed (skewed participation by allowing residents to sign up on a first-come, first serve basis, or lack of advertisement of the scheme, for example).


The study also reports that support from mayors, city council members and policymakers is vital to provide the leverage needed by waste managers in implementing and maintaining the system - which we completely agree with!

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"Incineration is a completely outdated technology, we should go for a zero waste society" French ENVI minister Ségolène Royale

Au lendemain de l'abandon de l'écotaxe, au profit d'un nouveau système, la ministre de l'Écologie, du Développement durable et de l’Énergie est l'invitée de la matinale. Elle répond aux questions de Patrick Cohen et à celles des auditeurs. http://www.franceinter.fr/emission-le-79-segolene-royal-je-crois-a-la-politique-par-la-preuve

Via ZWE
The Organic Stream's insight:

Things are changing in France! Last week, French Environment Minister Ségolène Royale called for 10 cities to engage in Zero Waste, and stated that incineration is an old model that should no longer be used. She also referred to the circular economy, arguing that the waste could be a resource material.

This is a huge step forward and taking such a clear position on the issue marks a dramatic shift in thinking, and it remains to be seen how it will unfold.

Nevertheless. as a country with large amounts of incineration plants, the Ministers' words should cause those who still consider incineration as a suitable solution to waste to think twice.

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ZWE's curator insight, June 24, 2014 5:55 AM

Great news coming from France, one of the countries with more incinerators in Europe and in the world!

If France is serious about walking the Zero Waste path it will be a significant change in the field of resource management.

However, the French model of previous years based on big-scale mechanical biological treatment should also be revisited in favour of high quality separate collection at source and product and process redesign.

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Germany’s first waste-free supermarket opens in Berlin

Germany’s first waste-free supermarket opens in Berlin | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Two young women in Germany have quit their job and and university to follow their dream of establishing the first ever waste-free supermarket in Berlin. Sara Wolf and Milena Glimbovski are winning the hearts of many through their crowdfunding campaign for Original Unverpackt. The campaign still has a few days before completion, but crowdfunders have […]
The Organic Stream's insight:

It seems this is a growing trend in Europe - long may it continue.

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Recology CleanScapes opens new MRF

Recology CleanScapes opens new MRF | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Bulk Handling Systems designed the Seattle facility.
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"Bulk Handling Systems (BHS), based in Eugene, Oregon, designed, manufactured and installed the MRF system, which is capable of processing more than 90,000 tons of recyclables per year. The MRF includes a range of equipment from BHS, including screening systems and air and optical devices."

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New York City Trying to Help Households Turn Waste Into Compost

New York City Trying to Help Households Turn Waste Into Compost | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
A voluntary program in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, is the latest phase of the city’s plan to convert residents into composters.
The Organic Stream's insight:

Interesting article on the new organics collection and composting system in Brooklyn, and will be expanding to 70,000 more households.


The reactions from residents is particularly interesting and sheds a little light on the common barriers faced when introducing such a system. Fears about odour or pests were most common, and there is also a lack of enthusiasm or understanding about the benefits of the scheme which makes the effort of changing habits seem pointless, like this quote from a resident in the article:


 “It’s sort of an added burden that we have to take on along with the many things we take on to make things better for modern society.”"

Clearly we need to have more discussions about the benefits of composting - and demonstrate the results - to change people's minds!

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Could Present Architecture’s Green Loop Composting Park Concept Be the Future of NYC Sanitation?

Could Present Architecture’s Green Loop Composting Park Concept Be the Future of NYC Sanitation? | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Present Architecture presents its Green Loop concept to tackle NYC’s garbage problem with added parkland.
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Very interesting!

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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.
The Organic Stream's insight:

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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Fox News' Senior Judicial Analyst Falsely Claims Compost Ordinance "Unconstitutional"

Fox News' Senior Judicial Analyst Falsely Claims Compost Ordinance "Unconstitutional" | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Seattle has an awesome #composting initiative to help reduce food waste. Naturally, Fox calls it "unconstitutional" http://t.co/pw0YP3wCvn
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On the wrong side of history.

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Parties file suit over recycling contract in Indianapolis

Parties file suit over recycling contract in Indianapolis | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"RockTenn, a Norcross, Georgia-based papermaking and recycling company; Graphic Packaging Corp. (GPC), a Chicago-based papermaker; and Cathy Weinmann, a resident of Indianapolis, have filed a suit against the city of Indianapolis’ Public Works Department over its award of a large contract to the waste and recycling firm Covanta. The contract calls for Covanta, Morristown, New Jersey, to build and operate a large mixed waste processing facility in the city adjacent to Covanta’s existing waste-to-energy (WTE) plant."

The Organic Stream's insight:

"Other opponents of the contract say Covanta will focus its efforts on using the material collected from the city for its WTE facility, causing fewer recyclables to reach end markets. Additionally, opponents say the collection and processing of recyclables mixed with waste will result in lower quality material, ultimately making potentially recyclable material only usable for the WTE plant."


This is a step backwards for Indianapolis. Collecting mixed waste to be fed into a Waste To Energy incineration facility destroys the hard work already done to promote separate collection and support true sustainability. 


Covanta are also constructing the controversial WTE incinerator in Dublin, Ireland, that local councillors and residents have been campaigning against for years.

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Understanding the Global Problem of Food Waste ("reduction in waste very viable")

Understanding the Global Problem of Food Waste ("reduction in waste very viable") | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
This infographic breaks down what we throw away into food groups. (Great food waste infographic by @willyblackmore. Reduction may be key but Hungry Giant can help reuse food waste.

But what exactly does that proliferation of food waste look like? Are we talking about tens of thousands of expired yogurt containers or hundreds of tons of sad, slightly limp heads of lettuce?

Working with global food waste data from the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization, Popular Science has made an infographic that rather beautifully shows where the waste streams across the food and supply chains emanate from. The biggest losers, so to speak, are fruits and vegetables (44 percent lost) and roots and tubers (47 percent lost). Despite all the sour milk we’ve thrown away in our lives, dairy has the lowest amount of loss (16 percent).

As the waste lines frustratingly show, much of the vegetable waste happens on the farm, where harvests can go awry for any number of reasons—including walk-bys, the industry term for a field that’s never picked because the labor costs would be higher than the value of the harvest.

But an equally thick line exists at the consumption end of the spectrum, highlighting the need for a change in attitudes at home (and in retail) to help curb what is globally a 1.4 billion ton problem.


Via Bert Guevara
The Organic Stream's insight:

Great infographic to give us a real sense of what we are wasting. Not surprisingly, fruits and vegetables are at the top of the list.


We need to change our attitudes to food and food waste, not only in the home but in the food and farming industries as well. The truth is that we cannot afford to waste food, and support needs to be available to farmers so they can make the most of their produce.

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, September 7, 2014 11:28 AM

The highest rate of food wastage is in fruits and vegetables, followed by roots and tubers, and then fish. What can we do about it?

While hunger and poverty remains, wasting food is like stealing from the tables of the poor. (Pope Francis)

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Rubbish futures: can technology help us reach zero waste?

Rubbish futures: can technology help us reach zero waste? | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Turning dug-up waste into gas or converting rubbish into building materials are among new techniques that may help end harmful incineration and landfill, says Karl Mathiesen
The Organic Stream's insight:

Interesting article in the Guardian covering Zero Waste efforts, including a whole section on why incineration is a thing of the past.


The focus on Plasma energy as a possible solution is troubling, as it cannot truly be zero waste, and efforts should be focused on low-tech solutions and minimising waste generation in the first place.

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New study on public opinion of PAYT systems indicates a high level of resident satisfaction with the schemes.

New study on public opinion of PAYT systems indicates a high level of resident satisfaction with the schemes. | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"For years, cities and towns that have considered adopting pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) to address the rising cost of solid waste disposal have needed to do so with little or no information on what people really think about the programs.


As with any public issue, many residents have questions, and sometimes a few vocal residents speak out against the program. However, it is not clear how many people those opponents actually represent. Conversely, it has been hard ..."

The Organic Stream's insight:

This study provides clear and concrete evidence that people are on the whole supportive of PAYT systems. Most interestingly, 80% of residents in the lowest income brackets see it as very or somewhat favourable, indicating support for the scheme from all sections of society.

 

This should encourage local governments and municipal leaders to start implementing PAYT schemes!

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Republic dedicates North Carolina MRF - RT - Recycling Today

Republic dedicates North Carolina MRF - RT - Recycling Today | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
New plant is capable of processing more than 400 tons of recyclables per day.
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The addition of a learning centre at the MRF is essential for educating the public, and especially young people, about how recycling works.

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Indonesia's poor swap garbage for health care ("why didn't i think of this earlier; great exchange")

A new group of clinics on Indonesia's main island of Java are treating patients for free in exchange for rubbish, an innovative approach to broadening access to healthcare for the poorest as...

Via Bert Guevara
The Organic Stream's insight:

A great example of the many ways we can use "waste" when it is given value and treated as a resource.

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, June 16, 2014 1:58 PM

As long as waste has value, it can be used in so many ways like this. Although health centers are free in the Philippines, medicine is not.

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Windy City Harvest a Force in Chicago’s Local Food and Urban Farming Efforts

Windy City Harvest a Force in Chicago’s Local Food and Urban Farming Efforts | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Windy City Harvest Program provides food, education and jobs to many in Chicago.
The Organic Stream's insight:

Great work being done in Chicago!


"PB: The purpose of our program is to develop a trained and skilled workforce to create jobs in economically depressed communities. We want to foster entrepreneurship because we think the local food system can be a reality, not because of foundation support programs - it has to take off and be sustainable on its own merits."

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ZWE's comment, June 11, 2014 7:39 AM
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ISRI decries trade barriers on environmental goods.

ISRI decries trade barriers on environmental goods. | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Association makes appeal in testimony before the International Trade Commission.
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“The export of environmental goods such as scrap commodities and recycling equipment are not only good for the health of the planet, but also have positive impacts on our balance of trade,” Pickard testified."



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