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Organics/Compost

  • Grant awarded to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County, New York

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $40,000 environmental education grant to the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County.

  • Wisconsin county to recycle clean wood waste amid emerald ash borer infestation

    Dane County to open new wood waste recycling center

  • Equipment Spotlight | AUG 2016 Chippers/Grinders

  • Mandatory municipal composting slowly grows

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    Glance down the streets of San Francisco on “garbage day” and you will see a common theme – green, blue and black bins grace the sidewalks, driveways and alleyways of one of the country’s largest metro areas.

  • Agrilab Technologies installs compost heat recovery system at Vern-Mont Farm

    Agrilab Technologies Inc, (AGT) a leader in compost heat-recovery technology, has recently installed a next-generation compost heat recovery system at Vern-Mont Farm in Vernon, Vermont. The Drum Dragon 200™ system generates continuous combustion-free hot water from the aeration exhaust of an aerobic rotary drum compost system, reducing propane use on the farm for milk-parlor washing.

    “We installed the composting drum last year and I kept looking at all that hot exhaust steam coming out of the drum thinking there must be something we can do with that heat, and then we learned about Agrilab Technologies,” said Jeff Dunklee, co-owner of the farm.

    The Drum Dragon 200 compost heat recovery system is designed specifically for the rotary drum compost systems that are becoming more common on farms and commercial compost sites. It can capture up to 120,000 Btu/hr continuously depending on the size of the drum it is connected to and the amount of hot water being used on the site.

    A computerized web connected data system tracks real time water temperatures and other operational data points making it easy to track performance or adjust aeration fan speeds to increase or decrease the hot water produced. Typical compost exhaust vapor temperatures range between 140˚F and 160˚F, with hot water temperatures up to 150˚F.

    The amount of heat recovered by the Drum Dragon varies depending on the hot water use patterns at the farm. At the Vern-Mont Farm the Drum Dragon preheats a 120 gallon tank of water to up to 150˚F. The farm’s hot water demand cycle results in an average of 30,000 Btu/hr of continuous heat recovered.

    The energy that can be captured by a Drum Dragon 200 can be worth more than $15,000 per year compared to $1.20 per gallon propane prices, depending on hot water use patterns of the site. With existing financing programs this technology can be immediately cash-flow positive for farms, saving money to help offset low milk prices and other financial pressures on dairy farms.

    Published in the August 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Quest Resource to expand food waste diversion

    Quest Resource Holding Corporation is expanding food waste diversion services for Sprouts Farmers Market, an existing client.

  • A Closer Look | JUN 2016 CW Mill Equipment with Tim Wenger

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    ­­Tim Wenger, the vice president and sales manager of CW Mill Equipment, is part of the second generation of ownership of the company that’s known for the Hogzilla name. Wenger’s brother, Jim, is the president, and their father, Clyde, started the business.

  • BioHiTech Global expands waste stream product offering with launch of Entsorga North America

    BioHiTech Global, Inc., a green technology company that produces innovative data-driven solutions for food waste disposal, has launched its new subsidiary, Entsorga North America that expands the company’s value proposition to include organic and inorganic waste streams and provides enterprise solutions to the residential and municipal marketplaces.

  • Equipment Spotlight | MAY 2016 Tub Grinders

  • University commended for food waste reduction

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented the University of Arizona with an award for outstanding efforts in food recovery.

  • City of Highwood to require curbside organics collection

    The City of Highwood, Illinois will be the first municipality in Illinois to require curbside organics collection for both commercial and residential services.

  • US Composting Council elects 2016 board

    The US Composting Council (USCC) board of directors named Lorrie Loder of nuTerra Management, LLC as the 2016 USCC board president.

  • USDA and EPA set nation’s first food waste reduction goals

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deputy administrator Stan Meiburg disclosed the U.S.’s first national food waste reduction goal, calling for a 50 percent reduction by 2030.

  • Food waste expert offers consumer food saving guide

    The Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook offers simple consumer tips and tools to saving money and food, from the grocery store to the kitchen.

  • Study shows composting remains the best option

    Many people compost their food scraps and yard waste because they think it’s the right thing to do.

  • Municipal collection of organics increases

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    Surely the oldest form of recycling is organics recycling. Prehistoric farmers quickly realized that adding food scraps and other carbon based materials to soils resulted in more productive crops.

  • Ventura County approves zoning change for compost facility

    In a unanimous 5-0 vote, the Ventura County board of supervisors approved a zoning change that will enable Agromin to expand its composting facility on company property near Santa Paula.

  • Commercial organics law pending in NY

    The New York City Chapter of the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) is urging New York City to proceed with implementation of Local Law 146, sometimes referred to as the Commercial Organics Law.

  • California Senate approves compost bill

    The California Senate voted to pass AB 876, authored by Assembly Member Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), which requires local governments to plan for the building of sufficient composting infrastructure to process the organic waste generated in their jurisdictions over a 15 year period.

  • Sewage sludge as organic fertilizer?

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    Is sewage sludge applied to farmland good for the health of drinking water, foods and humans or not? This is a perplexing question facing humanity. Each wastewater treatment facility serves a particular area’s homes, businesses, industries and hospitals and produces a somewhat different chemical blend of sludge, depending on substances treated and method of treatment.

  • Disneyland honored for food recovery

    Disneyland Resort was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the 2014 Food Recovery Challenge award for its zero waste efforts, and the highest percent increase in food recovery of any theme park in the nation.

  • Sewer district proceeds with organic MRF

    Staff of the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District (FSSD) recommended, and the board of directors accepted, the approval of a resolution to execute a 20 year lease agreement with an additional 10 year optional renewal between the FSSD and Lystek International Inc. for the development of an organic materials recovery center at its Chadbourne Road facility in Fairfield, California.

  • Rehrig Pacific wins bid to replace 500,000 waste containers

    Rehrig Pacific Company has been given the final approval from the City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada to provide approximately 500,000 residential organic waste bins.

  • Flood Brothers pioneers Bio-Bin compost program

    In an effort to improve waste recycling in some Illinois communities, a test program is underway at the Flood Brothers Disposal & Recycling Services, headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois’ plant to recycle food waste in an innovative way.

  • Toledo biosolids recycling plan detailed

    Synagro Technologies disclosed details of a 5 year biosolids recycling program that will save the City of Toledo, Ohio taxpayers $900,000 annually.

  • County in Virginia to construct facility to process organics

    The Prince William Board of County Supervisors, Virginia, authorized an agreement with Freestate Farms LLC, a local agricultural services and production company, to construct and operate a new facility to process yard waste, food scraps and wood waste at the County’s Balls Ford Road composting facility, and to provide organics waste management services at that site and at the county’s landfill.

  • Wilmington compost facility ordered closed

    Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources’ (DNREC) secretary David Small has issued an order to Peninsula Compost Company LLC of Wilmington requiring closure of its recycling facility.

  • EPA highlights benefits of food diversion

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regional administrator Susan Hedman highlighted the environmental benefits of diverting food waste from landfills at the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District’s (WLSSD) composting facility.

  • Global Green helps divert food scraps

    Global Green has joined forces with the City of Albany, California and members of its Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) to launch in-depth pilots in select buildings to collect data, test products and support the broader rollout of food scrap recovery across the region.

  • “Humanure” inventor is upcoming USCC award recipient

    A South Carolina program leading the way to markets and food scrap composting, a longtime industry advocate dedicated to composting education and a researcher who has brought her studies to multiple audiences are among those receiving recognition from their peers at the U.S. Composting Council (USCC) at an upcoming January 22 awards ceremony.

  • San Jose celebrates food waste-to-energy conversion

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the city of San Jose celebrated the city’s successful food-waste-to-energy program at a tour of the nation’s first large-scale commercial anaerobic digestion facility, privately owned and operated by Zero Waste Energy Development Company.

  • Sacramento Governor signs organic waste legislation

    Sacramento, California Governor Jerry Brown has signed two landmark bills that will drastically cut down on the disposal of organic waste.

  • BJ’s Wholesale joins EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regional administrator Judith A. Enck was joined by Senator Cory Booker, Congressman Frank Pallone, BJ’s Wholesale Club’s Doug Schiefelbein Community Food Bank of New Jersey’s (CFBNJ) Tristan Wallack and Edison Mayor Thomas Lankey to announce BJ’s participation in the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge program at the store in Edison, New Jersey.

  • Tucson pilots food scrap program

    Tucson’s Environmental Services Department (ES) began a pilot program to collect food scraps from local restaurants and grocery stores.

  • OEC praises dredging strategy for Toledo Harbor

    The Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) is praising Ohio Governor John Kasich’s administration for a pilot project to find beneficial new uses for sediments dredged from the Toledo harbor.

  • GM Renaissance Center now composts food scraps

    General Motors’ Global Headquarters, a multi-office tower complex that sends no waste to landfills, now composts food preparation scraps from its various Renaissance Center restaurant kitchens for use in urban farming initiatives throughout the city.

  • Bluesphere gets emissions permit for North Carolina waste-to-energy

    Bluesphere Corp. has been issued an air emissions permit by Mecklenburg County for its 5.2 MW waste-to-energy project in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Britton Industries opens a new Philadelphia location

    Britton Industries, headquartered in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, will expand with a new location in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Britton Industries, a provider of organic mulch and compost, is proud of its 100 percent recovery rate of the recyclable material brought into each of its facilities and there is no leftover material sent to landfills.

    The new Philadelphia location is in the Northeast at 8901 Torresdale Avenue. It is open and fully operational accepting soils, concrete, trees, brush, leaves, clean lumber and pallets for recycling. There is a small supply store on site along with sales of Britton Recycled products including screened topsoil, crushed concrete, crushed stone, mason sand and mulch.

    Published in the August 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Organics to energy facility opens

    Harvest Power opened the Central Florida Energy Garden, an organics management and renewable energy facility that is the first of its kind in the U.S., converting organic waste into renewable biogas and natural fertilizer.

  • Ecoverse acquires interest in Harvest Quest

    Ecoverse Industries, the Avon Ohio parent company of DoppstadtUS, has acquired an interest in Longmont, Colorado based Harvest Quest International.

    Harvest Quest International has been supplying microbial treatments for the efficient management of compost operations for over 15 years.  

    Published in the February 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Organic Waste Solutions names new CEO

    Evan Edgar has been named chief executive officer of Organic Waste Solutions, a Sacramento, California-based sustainability consulting firm that focuses on managing organic waste with innovative, closed loop technologies and sustainable problem solving for businesses.

    Edgar has 30 years of experience in all aspects of solid waste management as principal of Edgar & Associates, Inc., an environmental engineering firm. He has advocated for green energy incentives, compost market development and greenhouse gas reduction policies before legislative committees, regulatory agencies and local commissions on issues involving the collection, hauling, processing and composting of urban green and yard waste and food waste. He has advised private industry, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations on recycling and organic waste project development matters.

    Edgar served as the director of Regulatory Affairs for the California Refuse Recycling Council, a California non-profit trade association representing the interests of over 100 solid waste management companies involved in collecting, hauling, processing, recycling, composting and landfilling organic waste. Edgar co-founded the California Compost Quality Council and the California Compost Coalition. 

    Published in the February 2014 Edition of American Recycler News