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B & R Stores and Prairieland Dairy form compost partnership - Lincoln Journal Star

B & R Stores and Prairieland Dairy form compost partnership - Lincoln Journal Star | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
B & R Stores, the local grocery chain that owns Super Saver and Russ's Market, is partnering with Prairieland Dairy near Firth to turn tons of organic waste into beneficial
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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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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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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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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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Organic waste plants should be mandatory in eateries: M Venkaiah Naidu - The Economic Times

Organic waste plants should be mandatory in eateries: M Venkaiah Naidu - The Economic Times | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
The plant, which can process one tonne waste in 24 hours, will convert the organic waste of hotels and eateries in this area into compost for horticulture and agriculture use.
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Great initiative by Minister M Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi. 

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Indonesia: Recycling for free healthcare

Indonesia: Recycling for free healthcare | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Healthcare for Indonesia’s 250 million people is a costly expense. However, a new initiative by a young doctor is proving popular in low-income communities. People need to collect non-organic rubbish, which is sold for recycling, or organic waste, which is turned into fertiliser, in exchange for free medical services at certain clinics. The money received goes into a “health…
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A report by EuroNews on the award-winning Garbage Clinical Insurance program, founded by 25 year old doctor, Gamal Albinsaid.


A great example of turning waste into resource, and using that resource for social good.


Albinsaid's words from press release on their website:

"Garbage is the best solution, because almost every day , every person , and every home produces waste that is not used . What we do is make people mobilize their resources are wasted and not used , that is garbage, to improve access to health and destroy the barrier or barrier between access to public health."

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

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No One Said Curbside Composting Would Be Easy

No One Said Curbside Composting Would Be Easy | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
This is the second part of a three-part series, "What A Waste: Why We Have To Stop Throwing Food Away." Seattle and Portland are working to
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Austin Business Diverts Food Scraps to Organic Gardens by Bicycle ("shades of bgy sun valley model")

Austin Business Diverts Food Scraps to Organic Gardens by Bicycle ("shades of bgy sun valley model") | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
One Austin company is thinking outside the trash can, diverting more than 100 tons of food scraps to community gardens – by bicycle.

East Side Compost Pedallers diverts biodegradable waste that would otherwise end up in the landfill to local organic gardens and farmers to become nutrient-rich compost. Their business has grown by 10 percent since July.

By pedaling “scrapple” (their term for compostable food scraps) on custom-fit bikes, the riders for East Side Compost Pedallers get an amazing work-out, and help the environment, all while promoting food sustainability. It’s a win-win-win scenario.

Residents pay only $4 a week to have their ‘scrapple’ picked up and diverted to where it can do some good. The company has only seven cyclists at the moment, but plans to grow as demand continues to increase. They may be aided by the fact that Austin, Texas, unlike many other U.S. cities, has a small compost pilot program available to residents of some neighborhoods.

Seed sovereignty and food sustainability are key issues in the GMO-tainted world, and businesses like this one turn biotech’s claim that we can’t feed our growing populations without their toxic products on its head.


Via Bert Guevara
The Organic Stream's insight:

Great example of compost collection scheme that keeps things local and sustainable.


Local programs can help foster environmental stewardship in communities, educate people in the importance of recycling organics, decrease traffic on roads and therefore air pollution and greenhouse gas emmisions. WHat's not to like about this scenario?


For more thoughts on why composting should stay local, listen to our special on community composting in NYC!

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, October 21, 2014 9:38 PM

Small strides in the right long-range direction.

"Worldwatch Institute also says that world hunger is best solved by small-scale agriculture, not the industrial agricultural model we’ve all been finagled into. Bye-Bye GMO. Hello organic composting (from recycled food scraps!) and non-GMO seeds."

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A sprinkle of compost helps rangeland lock up carbon

A sprinkle of compost helps rangeland lock up carbon | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

A compost experiment that began seven years ago on a Marin County ranch has uncovered a disarmingly simple and benign way to remove carbon dioxide from the air, holding the potential to turn the vast rangeland of California and the world into a weapon against climate change.  The research showed that if compost from green waste  everything from household food scraps to dairy manure were applied over just 5 percent of the states grazing lands, the soil could capture a year's worth of greenhouse gas emissions from California's farm and forestry industries. In theory, Silver calculates, if compost made from the state's green waste were applied to a quarter of the state's rangeland, the soil could absorb three-quarters of California's total annual greenhouse gas emissions. Unlike high-tech geo-engineering schemes to pull excess carbon dioxide from the air and stick it in old coal mines or under the ocean, applying compost is a simple way of creating what scientists call a positive feedback loop. 


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A great article!

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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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(USA) New Hampshire Lawmakers To Chew On Meat, Dairy Composting Proposal

(USA) New Hampshire Lawmakers To Chew On Meat, Dairy Composting Proposal | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"Lawmakers today will hear a proposal to allow the commercial composting of meat and dairy. The bill began with a group headed by a former UNH student."

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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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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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Enzo Favoino (Zero Waste Europe) "The role of biowaste treatment in zero-waste concept" - YouTube

Guest lecture in University of Life Science (Tartu Estonia) Enzo Favoino is a technical expert and researcher in the Scuola Agraria del Parco di Monza, with ...
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Excellent and comprehensive presentation by Enzo Favoino, Chair of the Scientific Committee of Zero Waste Europe, sharing with us both the global vision of organics waste management, and a focus on the local practice.


Essential viewing!

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Zero Waste Scotland tells firms to keep recycling

Zero Waste Scotland tells firms to keep recycling | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
One year since the introduction of the Waste (Scotland) Regulations, Zero Waste Scotland has urged businesses to make sure they continue to comply by separating materials for recycling. - edie news centre
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BCLocalNews.com - Restaurants expected to slowly comply with organics disposal ban

BCLocalNews.com - Restaurants expected to slowly comply with organics disposal ban | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"New food scraps separation rules coming to Metro Vancouver businesses, apartments"

The Organic Stream's insight:

"As generators of organic waste we know this is the right thing to do to get it out of landfills," he said. "But you can't just impose these costs on 6,000 restaurants without having a really sensitive perspective on their economics."

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Are you gonna eat that? The future of leftovers

Are you gonna eat that? The future of leftovers | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
In the very near future, you're not just going to recycle soda cans and glass jars. You're going to recycle last night's leftovers.
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Interesting article covering the progress and future of the organics recycling movement in the USA. It has been an exciting year for organics in North America.

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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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City Council Looks At Whether Philadelphia Should Have Citywide Food ... - CBS Local

City Council Looks At Whether Philadelphia Should Have Citywide Food ... - CBS Local | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Calling the hearing was 8th District Councilwoman Cindy Bass, a composting proponent. She says,
"Food waste doesn't belong in the trash. It belongs in the compost bin."
The Organic Stream's insight:

Strong words by composter Ned Foley here.


“Food waste composting can be done, and it can be done well, and it can be done without odors, and it can be done in the backyards of fancy homes.”


Lets hope Philadelphia listen and agree!

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Wilmington compost plant to fight shutdown order - The News Journal

Wilmington compost plant to fight shutdown order - The News Journal | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
A long-troubled food waste composting business near the Port of Wilmington has appealed a state-ordered shutdown and cleanup, saying regulators acted unreasonably and lacked evidence to support the closing.
The Organic Stream's insight:

A shame to see any composting facility ordered to close. As Jeff Ziegenbein (of the Inland Empire Regional Composting Authority) remarked on episode 25 of The Organic Stream Podcast, if a composting site is not planned properly or falls out of favour with the regulators or neighbours -  shut-downs will and do happen.

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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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