Calgary receives funding to expand composting
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by Emily Atkins
2M ago
The City of Calgary has received commitments of $33.7 million to expand its municipal composting facility. The project is getting $23 million through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’s (FCM) Green Municipal Fund and $10.7 million through Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) Low Carbon Economy Fund, for a total investment of $33.7 million. Green Cart Composting Process Small Image The expansion will increase the composting facility’s capacity to process food and yard waste from 100,000 tonnes per year to 160,000, extending the life of the city’s landfill and reducing greenhou ..read more
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Study looks at compostable packaging breakdown
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by Emily Atkins
3M ago
The Composting Consortium, an industry collaboration led by the Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners, has released a report that examines how certified, food-contact compostable packaging breaks down in real-world composting facilities. The report, Breaking It Down: The Realities of Compostable Packaging Disintegration in Composting Systems, shares findings from an 18-month study – the largest known field test of certified, food-contact compostable packaging conducted in North America – revealing the realities of compostable plastic and fibre disintegration in ..read more
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Smart wireless temperature monitoring system
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by Emily Atkins
5M ago
Tel-Tru Manufacturing Company, a leader in temperature measurement solutions, proudly unveils the Remo-Tel Smart Wireless Temperature Monitoring System. This latest technology will revolutionize the composting industry with advanced automation and data-driven decision capabilities. Designed to streamline temperature data logging, the Remo-Tel system provides predictive analysis and informed decision-making. Key Features Include: Real-Time Alerts: Receive automated temperature notifications via phone, text, or email, ensuring proactive response to any deviations of the composting process. Clou ..read more
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The case for compost
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by Emily Atkins
5M ago
Most food and garden waste in Australia comes from homes. Australian households waste 3.1 million tonnes of food each year. That’s more than five kilograms each household per week. Over half of all household waste is food organics and garden organics, also known as “FOGO”. These scraps and clippings take up space in landfill and, when they rot, emit dangerous greenhouse gases. The federal government’s National Waste Policy Action Plan aims to increase the organic waste recycling rate from 47% to 80% by 2030 and halve the amount sent to landfill. This won’t happen on its own – we need investmen ..read more
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Salt Spring Island to begin commercial composting
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by Emily Atkins
5M ago
People on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, will soon benefit from on-island compost production, with the establishment of an organics processing centre for local businesses. The province’s CleanBC Organic Infrastructure and Collection Program is providing almost $170,000 to create a composting facility that will process organic materials generated by the island’s food businesses (grocers, restaurants, etc.), health-care institutions, schools and the Salt Spring Abattoir. “Salt Spring Islanders are known for taking action to fight climate change and to support sustainable local food system ..read more
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Compostable bag program aims to reduce impact of fashion packaging
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by Emily Atkins
5M ago
Fashion for Good has launched a pilot program to test alternatives to conventional single-use polybags. The Home-Compostable Polybag Project, is organized by Fashion for Good in partnership with C&A and Levi Strauss & Co. It is a six-month project using bags from Fashion for Good innovators TIPA Corp. and Greenhope. The bags are made with bio-based material to reduce fossil fuel consumption and are designed to compost in either home or municipal composting environments. The project aims to find alternative end-of-use for landfill-bound materials, and to provide an at-home option for co ..read more
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Compost can slow global warming, study finds
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by Emily Atkins
5M ago
A new study led from the University of Waterloo discovered greenhouse gas production is significantly less when biobased residues like compost replace widely used nitrogen fertilizer during spring freeze-thaw events in cold temperate regions. “In cold temperate regions like Canada, spring freeze-thaw events contribute significantly to greenhouse gas production which further exacerbates climate change,” said study lead Emmanuel Badewa, a PhD student from Waterloo’s School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (SERS).  “The premise of our study is that biobased residues, which are g ..read more
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Composting guide for farmers published in Alberta
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by Emily Atkins
5M ago
The Recycling Council of Alberta (RCA) has released An Introductory Guide to On-Farm Composting for farmers, ranchers and landowners interested in learning more about the opportunities they have to build processing capacity for organics generated by municipalities and businesses. This project aims to connect urban and rural communities, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions created by organic waste while building soil health. Case study The guide follows a case study of Central Alberta’s Stickland Farms that has been processing food scraps and biosolids into nutrient-rich compost for its fields ..read more
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New composting facility for B.C. region near Powell River
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by Waste & Recycling Staff
5M ago
A new organics processing facility in British Columbia will produce Class A compost, support agriculture and food security for the Tla’amin Nation, service the qathet Regional District and Powell River, and provide new jobs and economic opportunities. The Tla’amin Nation will build the $1.15-million facility beside the former Catalyst paper mill site in Powell River. Two-thirds of the funding will come from the joint federal/provincial Organics Infrastructure Program (OIP), and one-third from the Tla’amin Nation. The new facility is expected to process up to 2,000 tonnes of organic waste each ..read more
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NEXE grows in B.C.
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by Waste & Recycling Staff
5M ago
NEXE Innovations Inc. has expanded its research, development and manufacturing facility in Surrey, B.C. The company has developed one of the only patented, fully compostable, plant-based, single-serve coffee pods for use in existing major single-serve coffee machines. The proprietary NEXE pod is designed to reduce the environmental impact caused by the more than 40 billion single-serve plastic pods discarded every year. The company will be doubling its footprint from its existing approximate 10,000 sq. ft. to approximately 20,000 sq. ft. The expansion will include increased space for laborator ..read more
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