Composting And Aspergillus Fumigatus — A Re-Emergent Issue?
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by Doug Pinkerton
11h ago
Top: Aspergillus Fumigatus. Image courtesy Ufficio Comunicazione, Azienda Ospedaliera SS. Antonio e Biagio e Cesare Arrigo, Alessandria and Biblioteca Biomedica Centro di Documentazione, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons (cropped and manipulated by BioCycle). Craig Coker and Patricia D. Millner A recent news headline — “Critical Public Health Threat: Deadly Fungus Discovered in Commercial Soil, Compost, and Flower Bulbs” — brought to the forefront a decades-old reality for the composting industry. Journalistic hyperbole aside, it was important to dig into this story to see if this is Aspergillu ..read more
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Takeaways From Community Composter Internship
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by Doug Pinkerton
11h ago
Top: A CompostNow drop-off station (inset) in East Point and windrows at CompostNow’s food scrap composting facility outside of Atlanta. Photos by Kate Emrich, CompostNow Alexandria Anderson Sellers Alexandria Anderson Sellers recently completed a college internship with CompostNow, a microhauler and community composting business in Atlanta, Georgia. Anderson Sellers learned about CompostNow six years ago when her father enrolled the family in the company’s curbside food scraps collection service. “That is when I became aware of the power that the food we throw away holds,” she wrote in a bl ..read more
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Food Waste Composting — The Business Case
BioCycle » Composting
by Doug Pinkerton
11h ago
Top: Image courtesy Closed Loop Partners On July 17, the Composting Consortium, an initiative of Closed Loop Partners’ Center for the Circular Economy, released an incredibly useful and insightful roadmap for the composting industry: “Unleashing the Economic and Environmental Potential for Food Waste Composting in the U.S., A Guide For Investors, Policymakers And The Compost Industry.” Full disclosure: BioCycle editors Nora Goldstein and Craig Coker helped write the report, which utilizes data from 2023 BioCycle surveys of food waste composting infrastructure and residential food waste collect ..read more
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Vermont 2023 MSW Composition Study Finds Lower Disposal Of Food Waste
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by Doug Pinkerton
11h ago
Top:  The MSW composition study estimated, for the first time, a food waste recovery rate, which includes composting at facilities like the Windham Solid Waste Management District. Photo by John Fay The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released its “2023 Vermont Waste Composition Study” in May 2024. The previous municipal solid waste (MSW) composition study was in 2018. The project team, comprised of MSW Consultants, DSM Environmental Services and the University of New Hampshire, reports that although the percentage of food scraps disposed in MSW decreased very littl ..read more
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Argonne National Lab, Green Era Campus Partner On Climate Resiliency
BioCycle » Composting
by Doug Pinkerton
11h ago
Top: Food waste is digested at the Green Era Campus and biogas is conditioned (above) and will be injected into the natural gas pipeline. Images courtesy Argonne National Laboratory The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and the Green Era Campus in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in June to join forces to pursue research opportunities in sustainability in agriculture, renewable energy generation, food equity and access. Several years in the making, “this MOU links Argonne researchers with a community partner deeply inv ..read more
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Reuse Playbook For Venues
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by Doug Pinkerton
11h ago
Top: Reuse images courtesy Green Sports Alliance The Green Sports Alliance, which leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities, released the “Reuse Playbook” for Sports and Entertainment Venues. The guide focuses on a closed system where the reusable food and beverage serviceware is intended to be returned before leaving the premises. It is collected for washing and redistributed back to the food or beverage vendor to be used again. “Because closed loop systems have natural boundaries that signal consumers to return reusable serviceware, the ..read more
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EPA Commits To Updating Landfill Methane Rules
BioCycle » Composting
by Doug Pinkerton
11h ago
Top: Methane plume observed by Carbon Mapper during aerial monitoring at a landfill in Georgia. Image by Carbon Mapper, courtesy Industrious Labs Industrious Labs, an advocacy organization focused on reducing GHG emissions through circular economy solutions, reported that the U.S. EPA publicly committed to updating Clean Air Act regulations for how landfills monitor, capture, and control methane emissions, by putting plans to update the federal Clean Air Act air emissions standards for municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills on the Spring 2024 regulatory agenda’s “long-term actions” list.  ..read more
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Detroit’s Garbage Future
BioCycle » Composting
by Doug Pinkerton
11h ago
Top: Food scraps are collected from households and juice bars and composted at Sustainable Community Farms in Detroit. Photos courtesy Michelle Jackson Neil Seldman Detroit, Michigan households generate 240,000 tons of garbage annually. The city (pop. 620,376) pays an estimated $200 million to private haulers to collect and dispose of these materials, supported, in part, by a per household annual fee of $240, which is scheduled to increase to $300 over the next few years. The households and the city get little in return for this outlay. Yet these materials are not considered waste until someon ..read more
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Anaerobic Digestion Of Food Waste
BioCycle » Composting
by Doug Pinkerton
2w ago
Top: Bioenergy Devco stand-alone food waste digester in Jessup, MD (center); food waste on tip floor at WM CORe preprocessing facility in Brooklyn, NY (top). Photos courtesy Paul Greene and NYC Department of Environmental Protection Nora Goldstein The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been surveying operators of anaerobic digesters that process pre and postconsumer food waste streams since 2017. Recently, the agency released the findings for Calendar Years (CY) 2020 and 2021. It also is distributing the final survey now (responses are due by August 5, 2024) and will conduct data verific ..read more
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NYC Council Restores Community Composting In FY2025 Budget
BioCycle » Composting
by Doug Pinkerton
2w ago
Top: Lower East Side Ecology Center (LESEC) received substantial funding in the restored budget to build new community composting infrastructure. Photo courtesy of LESEC The New York City (NYC) Council and Mayor Eric Adams agreed on a Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 budget that restores $6.25 million in funding for community composting, reviving a program that was axed by the Mayor’s budget cuts in the fall but received strong political support from NYC Council members, and tremendous support from citizens, businesses, and nonprofit advocacy groups. The Council also shifted the funding mechanism for the ..read more
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