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UCSC plans to build recycling yard to solve compost problem - Santa Cruz Sentinel

UCSC plans to build recycling yard to solve compost problem - Santa Cruz Sentinel | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Santa Cruz >> This summer, UC Santa Cruz plans to begin building a $5 million recycling yard, which would become Santa Cruz County’s only large-scale composting facility.The 3.7-acre yard, sited for a meadow near the UCSC Farm and...
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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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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.
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"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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Ohio State’s ‘Zero Waste’ initiative expands to Schottenstein Center

Ohio State’s ‘Zero Waste’ initiative expands to Schottenstein Center | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Ohio Stadium’s “Zero Waste” initiative is extending to the home of Buckeye basketball. The President and Provost’s Council on Sustainability recently approved $50,000 in funding to move forward with a zero-waste program at the Schottenstein Center, set to begin in early January, said sustainability coordinator Tony Gillund in an email. “Funds will be used to…
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“The turn-around time for converting the waste into mulch is about two years,” he said. “In one football season, we will make enough Stadium Scarlet to fill the beds of 75 pick-up trucks. That’s quite a bit.”

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DC to require residents to compost

DC to require residents to compost | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
In 2009, San Francisco became the first big city in the U.S. to require all residents to compost, now D.C. wants in.
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More great news for North America!


Some citizens have concerns about having to separate organics, and are unhappy about fines for failure to comply - this will always be the case when introducing a new system, and must be met with plenty of education and outreach.

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Innovation for Sustainability—WISErg Harvests Nutrients from Food Waste

Innovation for Sustainability—WISErg Harvests Nutrients from Food Waste | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
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Interesting system designed for grocery stores and the food industry in the US which recycles organic materials and can track what kinds of food, and just how much of that food, is being wasted.


Tracking the food and quantities could also help in better management and planning that cuts down on these unnecessary wastes at the retail level.

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Georgia farmer fined $5000 for growing too many veggies

Georgia farmer fined $5000 for growing too many veggies | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
By various sources DeKalb County is suing a local farmer for growing too many vegetables, but he said he will fight the charges in the ongoing battle neighbors call “Cabbagegate.” The law was suppo...
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By keeping things local, small farmers are demonstrating how a decentralised and distributed production model can benefit local communities, local soils, and the environment. This is something we go into great detail in our most recent podcast episode. However, instead of promoting this, DeKalb County, USA, is using a law intended to stop large commercial operations in residential areas to fine a 2-acre farmer who sells to neighbours and farmers markets.


We should be promoting and supporting small farmers across the world, not penalising them.

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Napa Curbside Composting Program Aims To Keep 8,000 Tons Of Material Out Of Landfills

Napa Curbside Composting Program Aims To Keep 8,000 Tons Of Material Out Of Landfills | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
A curbside composting program in Napa could keep more than 8,000 tons of material out of its landfill each year, city officials said.
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Mandatory community-based curbside composting service requires citizens to pay for composting

Mandatory community-based curbside composting service requires citizens to pay for composting | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
The next evolution of trash services requires citizens in some Colorado cities to pay for composting services.
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Lafayette city in Colorado USA is beginning their mandatory composting service. A city-wide mandatory service will often experience some backlash, as evidenced here in this (slightly negative) report - and it is interesting to understand both how the topic is being framed, and people's concerns regarding mandatory composting.


Cost is of course a big factor, but the fact that there is no option to opt-out seems to be the central cause of frustration among some residents. Lafayette's Public Works Director does explain that recycling food waste will reduce the general waste volume and allow people to downsize their trash cart, but perhaps this is still not clear to all residents.


It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Lafayette, and we hope the city's composting program will be successful.

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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."

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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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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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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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Food companies unhappy with FDA feed proposal

Food companies unhappy with FDA feed proposal | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Expired marshmallows, broken crackers, stale donuts, even orange peels are among the billions of pounds of would-be waste that help feed livestock every year.By regularly diverting its waste in this way, the food industry prevents millions of tons of greenhouse gases from being released into the atmosphere, but an obscure proposal under a 2011 food...
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Is this another instance of uncoordinated and badly thought-out regulation that may hinder the ability of those on the ground to act sustainably?

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