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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
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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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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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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
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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!

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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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Landfill closures result in increased recycling - Casper Star-Tribune Online ("it's mind conditioning")

Landfill closures result in increased recycling - Casper Star-Tribune Online ("it's mind conditioning") | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

''Bills went up $4.35 per month and residents grumbled, but everyone knew the stakes. “The council’s idea was if we could pay for it up front and get it out of our garbage, we wouldn’t have to increase rates later,” said Kathy Lenz, Sundance’s clerk and treasurer.


And it worked. The town has reduced its garbage by 50 percent, and less garbage means lower bills.''


Via Bert Guevara
The Organic Stream's insight:

A positive example of how recycling can save money.

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, August 24, 2014 11:09 AM

When landfilling hurts the pocket, citizens realize that recycling makes a lot of "dollar" sense.

"Recycling programs don’t always pay for themselves. But if it costs $30 a ton to recycle, and $100 a ton to truck waste to another landfill, the savings add up, he said.

“Slowly we’ve made changes so we make money,” Holloway said. “We shipped 66 percent more recyclables so far this year than in 2013. That’s stuff that’s not going to the landfill.”

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Seattle Considers Fining Residents For Failing To Compost - KUOW News and Information

Seattle Considers Fining Residents For Failing To Compost - KUOW News and Information | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Seattle Considers Fining Residents For Failing To Compost
KUOW News and Information
Under Seattle's current curbside composting program, residents can put food scraps and compostable paper such as paper towels and pizza boxes in a curbside bin.
The Organic Stream's insight:

A great move by Seattle! A mandate and fines for non-compliance will certainly bring results, especially with polls suggesting 75% of residents are in favour.


Find more information about legislative strategies for building a successful organics recovery 'ecosystem' with the upcoming Lesson 5 of our course.

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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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Rotting respect: Vermont preps for mandatory composting

Rotting respect: Vermont preps for mandatory composting | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Vermonters redouble efforts to meet legal guidelines for food leftovers (@DonlonSW Cool! http://t.co/Mj7Ob7AaHr)
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Vermont now has until 2020 to divert all food scraps from landfills, which is a great step in the right direction. Particularly important in the article is this paragraph:


"When it comes to discussions of excess edibles, the ANR eschews the W-word, preferring "food recovery."


The distinction is an important one, said Josh Kelly, an analyst and planner with the agency: Waste disposal of the out-of-sight/out-of-mind variety has been found to exact too great a cost to human society, and to the rest of the planet."


Shifting from a language of "waste" to "resource" is a fundamental step to achieving our goals. We also touch on this topic in Lesson 1 of our online course


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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.


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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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Scottish waste to landfill reaches ‘all-time low’ | Resource Magazine

Scottish waste to landfill reaches ‘all-time low’ | Resource Magazine | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
New figures published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency show that landfilling reached an ‘all-time low’ in 2012.
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Well done, Scotland! 

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When Recycling Becomes a Dirty Business ("single-stream collection not good for recycling")

When Recycling Becomes a Dirty Business ("single-stream collection not good for recycling") | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Dumping all your bottles, cans, and paper in one recycling bin is convenient, but those materials may end up in a landfill.

Once collected, recyclables are taken to a materials recovery facility (MRF), where they’re sorted either by hand or using expensive, high-tech equipment. From there, the materials go to buyers of scrap glass, paper, metal, and plastic. High-quality glass can be turned into new bottles. High-grade office paper can become new office paper. The higher the quality of the recyclables, the better the process works—and the more cash the recycler gets from the sale.

That’s the problem. Single-source collection usually delivers lower-grade material than recyclables from multiple-bin collection programs. That means the material gets “downcycled” into less valuable products, if it isn’t discarded entirely.  

But when a single-stream truck dumps its load out onto the concrete floor of a transfer station, many of the jars and bottles in the load will break. That makes it next to impossible to sort the glass, and that means the broken glass can only be used for lower-grade products, such as roadbed fill.

The same goes for plastic. And if single-stream cities find that their income from scrap sales is declining, those losses cut into the money saved on collection. In many cases, that lowers single-stream’s net cost savings to between 1 and 2 percent. Meanwhile, somewhere between 15 and 27 percent of all single-stream collected recyclables end up in a landfill. That undoes the benefit of more people recycling.


Via Bert Guevara
The Organic Stream's insight:

It is imperative to keep our streams seperate and clean.


With 15 to 27 percent of all single-stream collected recyclables end up in landfills, there is no argument that would weigh in favour of single-stream collection from an environmental or sustainable point of view.

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, August 31, 2014 11:35 PM

Recycling is after the quality, not the quantity. The fad of single-stream collection is causing a decline in the recycling rate.

"Single-stream hasn’t spread in a vacuum. ... Those mega-MRFs mean dirtier conditions on the sorting line, which means more recyclables end up in landfills."

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Study finds tremendous energy potential from municipal waste

Study finds tremendous energy potential from municipal waste | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Landfilled waste could provide 12 percent of U.S. power needs, according to Columbia University report.
The Organic Stream's insight:

Find the study here.


Worrying that in this article there is such a strong focus on waste-to-energy - of plastics especially. This may keep materials out of landfills and produce energy, but does not represent true sustainability.


Waste to energy facilities may not always be the most suitable place for materials to go. Organic waste, for example, would serve us much better if it was composted and the valuable nutrients returned to the soil. Too strong a focus on energy production could lead to unsustainable policy and practices - it is not always the best solution.

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Four US Towns Work on Waste ; Recycling Mandate Spurs Area Solution - Waste Management World

"The unusual gathering of almost 60 S electboard and City Council members, municipal administrators, landfill operators and representatives from solid waste committees, among other attendees, was called to discuss the findings of a long-awaited study by Ascutney-based DSM Environmental Services, which looked at ways to manage solid waste issues cooperatively."

The Organic Stream's insight:

""For the region, the key question is how to handle our landfills, both the current one in Lebanon and the future site in Hartland," Wooster said in an email on Wednesday. "It's like health care, where we pay when we get sick instead of paying to stay healthy. We need to change the financial incentives so that we use as little landfill space as possible, but that's a regional issue because, right now, Lebanon uses landfill fees to help fund the city operations.""


A worrying amount of support for landfilling here, due to a tricky economic situation.

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Composting in Qatar

Composting in Qatar | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Qatar has one of the highest per capita waste generation rates worldwide.
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Interesting article on what's going on in Qatar in relation to recycling and organics recycling. Over 90% of waste goes to landfill, while at the same time Qatar has one of the largest composting facilities in the world. There is great potential!


For a little more insight into the state of organics recycling in Qatar, check out our episode of The Organic Stream with Daniel Mitroussidis and his work in helping businesses manage their organic wastes.

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