Tag Archives: compost

Wasted Food Dude–Composting Conundrum

Here’s the latest installment of my food waste advice column, Dear Wasted Food Dude, which also runs on BioCycle‘s site and their e-bulletin, BioCycle Food Recycling News.  Related: send questions! All food-waste-related queries are welcome–big or small, true or false, named or anonymous. Send stuff to wastedfood {at} gmail or @wastedfood. — Dear Wasted Food Dude, My composting facility takes in food scraps as [...]

December 8, 2016 | Posted in Composting, Food Recovery, Wasted Food Dude | Comments closed

Redefining ‘Reduce’

Small bone to pick here: Several times a week I get excited by headlines like this one: Darden Restaurants Working to Reduce Food Waste. I leap into the story, looking for confirmation that a restaurant is actually trimming the amount of food waste their kitchen and/or customers are creating. Almost invariably, I realize that they’re not doing [...]

May 1, 2014 | Posted in Restaurant | Comments closed

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 | Posted in Composting, Legislation | Comments closed

Friday Buffet

Exciting news: the National Restaurant Association announced a partnership with the US Composting Council. We shall see what comes from this collaboration, but at first glance it seems like a major step in the right direction. I like the second item the best: “We are pleased to join with the US Composting Council to better [...]

October 12, 2012 | Posted in Composting, Restaurant, Waste Stream | Comments closed

Teaching About Waste

There’s an increasing attention being paid to waste of all kinds. That’s why a waste curriculum aimed at the most-important-to-reach Americans (from a waste-generating standpoint) is key. Anyone looking to teach elementary school students about waste should say ‘Thanks, Ohio!’ And then turn to The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Windows on Waste curriculum. It [...]

February 13, 2012 | Posted in School, Waste Stream | Comments closed

First Impression: Impressed

This summer, I’m living in Boulder, Colorado at my wife’s behest. Well, her job’s behest. I’m excited about the opportunity for two reasons: 1. Mountains 2. Composting While I’ve been composting for more than six years, this marks the first time I’ll have lived somewhere with municipal composting. As in–roll a bin of food waste [...]

May 23, 2011 | Posted in Composting, Personal | Comments closed

Crunchy Composting

After hearing the news that SunChips were now sold in compostable bags–sorry, “‘chip package”–I finally got a chance to inspect a bag up-close and personal. I’m not much of a chip purchaser, but I was happy to kick the tires when a bag showed up in my kitchen yesterday. My first reaction was: ‘Holy crap, [...]

July 14, 2010 | Posted in Composting, Household, Personal | Comments closed

Compost = Hero

I’m putting the finishing touches on my editing today and tonight, but felt compelled to pass along this info on Holly Elmore, founder of Atlanta’s Elemental Impact,  recently spoke at the National Restaurant Association conference about the green goings on at Atlanta eateries. In several designated “Zero Waste Zones” (which we’ll have to discuss another [...]

June 16, 2010 | Posted in Composting, Restaurant | Comments closed

Going Green in the Granite State

NPR’s Morning Edition recently profiled a tiny composting company in New Hampshire. It’s always fun to see food waste receive national attention. EcoMovement collects restaurant food waste from about 30 eateries near Portsmouth, N.H, and I’m sure that number will only grow after the company’s NPR exposure. Founder Rian Bedard saw composting up close while [...]

June 3, 2010 | Posted in Composting, Restaurant | Comments closed
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