Category Archives: Composting

NYComposts!

Yesterday, New York City took a major step toward matching San Francisco and Seattle as exemplars of urban composting. The New York City Council approved a bill requiring large scale commercial operations to separate food from its regular waste stream. The legislation, which requires either composting or anaerobic digestion for large food waste generators within [...]

December 20, 2013 | Also posted in Legislation | Comments closed

TD for AD: Cleveland’s Gri(n)diron Stadium

The Cleveland Browns will unveil a food-waste-to-energy scheme at this Sunday’s game. The storied, snake-bitten NFL team has installed pulpers to grind food waste on site before hauling it to a nearby anaerobic digester. This exciting news is part of the USDA Dairy Power program pairing dairy biodigesters with commercial food scraps. According to USDA calculations, if all [...]

November 19, 2013 | Also posted in Anaerobic Digestion, Energy, Events | Comments closed

Monday Smorgasbord

With Vancouver set to ban food waste from landfills in 2015, local group FarmFolk CityFolk sponsored a 10-week Foodprint Challenge. The pilot program run in conjunction with local retailer Choices Markets sheds light on household food waste. — — Britain’s National Pig Association started a ‘pig push‘ to overturn the EU swill-feeding ban. Naturally, this initiative [...]

November 4, 2013 | Also posted in Energy, Household, Leftovers, Repurposing | Comments closed

Friday Buffet

Uber-media-friendly app LeftoverSwap launches today! Hopefully its impact will match its ability to generate press. — — Next week is Zero Waste Week! Drop by, sign up and zero out waste…with many of the helpful tips that Rachelle and crew will be providing. — — Glad to hear that the Emirates Environmental Group in the [...]

August 30, 2013 | Also posted in General, International, Waste Stream | Comments closed

Messaging on Food Waste Messaging

UK research group WRAP has released some incredibly useful research for cities and towns hoping to both reduce and recycle food waste, those that have implemented food waste collection already and those that plan to do so. You can see the full report here or view the easily-digested, data-heavy slides. The study stemmed from this problem: implementing composting [...]

August 28, 2013 | Also posted in International, Stats, Waste Stream | Comments closed

Monday Roundup

The LeftoverSwap app that facilitates giving one’s leftovers to others launches August 30 (for iPhones). But…is it legal?? — — You gonna use that pomace? Using the excess seeds, skin and stems from wine-making process is all the rage.  — — All 30 National Hockey League teams will donate unsold concessions through old-school food rescuers [...]

August 12, 2013 | Also posted in Environment, Food Recovery, Leftovers, Waste Stream | Comments closed

Friday Buffet

Mayor Bloomberg recently announced some further details on New York’s plan to expand its composting program from the current thousand-odd households to 100,000 by 2014. And it’s about time, given that a staggering 29% of New York City’s trash is compostable. Salon examines the potential revenue embedded in that waste stream. You know who thinks [...]

August 2, 2013 | Also posted in Anaerobic Digestion | Comments closed

Details Emerge on Massachusetts’ Ban on Dumping Organics

The news: In May, the Massachusetts DEP indicated that the state would ban landfilling or incineration of commercial food waste. Yesterday, more details emerged as the Patrick Administration announced the plan. Mind you, the proposed plan is just that. It’s in draft mode, and there will be public hearings seeking comments. There’s also a draft guidance memo [...]

July 11, 2013 | Also posted in Anaerobic Digestion, Waste Ban, Waste Stream | Comments closed

Friday Buffet

This NPR piece takes us inside a New York City hi-rise apartment building that’s now composting as part of a pilot program. Making hi-rise composting work will be a key to New York’s composting future, given New York’s urban landscape. — — Here’s the first peep I’ve seen from Britain suggesting a national ban on [...]

June 28, 2013 | Also posted in Friday Buffet, General, International, Waste Stream | Comments closed

Friday Buffet

File under ‘rising tide of food waste coverage:’ National Geographic ran this neat piece on how cities manage to compost their abundant food waste. — — Three Hawaiian universities have signed on to fight food waste. Hawaiian food waste takes on a heightened importance, as that food has probably been imported and it’ll likely be exported, [...]

June 21, 2013 | Also posted in Friday Buffet, History and Culture, School | Comments closed
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