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BioCycle Magazine The Organics Recycling Authority Composting • Renewable Energy • Sustainability Published since 1960, BioCycle is the foremost magazine on composting, organics recycling, anaerobic digestion and renewable energy.
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Our editorial content also empowers communities — including municipalities, college campuses and businesses — to become more sustainable. Offerings to BioCycle readers with paid subscriptions are expanding. The home page makes it easy to search the BioCycle archives, which contain all articles and news items published since the beginning of 2004 (free for subscribers to access). BioCycle editors are compiling reports on specific topics that can be downloaded and used for project development, trainings, research and more. Shortly after launch, subscribers will also have an opportunity to participate in monitored and facilitated Discussion Forums. Of course, BioCycle.net will tap into all the social media tools, with a blog, Tweets and a page. Perhaps one of the most exciting opportunities our new website provides is the capacity to grow and connect the BioCycle community. We have been doing that successfully for 53 years via the magazine, and for more than 40 years with our conferences. Until now, however, we haven’t taken full advantage of the tools that connect our community in cyberspace. Readers of BioCycle are dedicated to advancing utilization of resources in the waste stream to build healthy ecosystems, economies and communities. Current — and easy to obtain — information is critical to helping you fulfill your missions. Staying current, both through information access and interacting with industry experts via the Discussion Forums and blog, will be easier with the relaunch of BioCycle.net. Each monthly issue of BioCycle and the dynamic BioCycle.net website show you how to process organic residuals —yard trimmings, food waste, woody materials, biosolids, manure, high strength organic wastes, municipal solid waste (MSW) and other source separated feedstocks into value-added products. These include compost and engineered soils, biogas-derived electricity, vehicle fuels and renewable natural gas. They include products that renew agricultural and urban soils and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. And they include processes and products that build community sustainability and create green enterprises and jobs. While there are a number of free articles on BioCycle.net, these are only a small percentage of available content. To access all BioCycle content, you must have a paid subscription to BioCycle magazine. Begin with the login button on the top right-hand side of the screen. From there, you’ll have full access to all of the articles in our database. If you’re not yet a subscriber, sign up here http://jgpress.ssmcreative.com/subscribe at a great introductory rate of $49! If you’re not convinced, you’ll be able to read an excerpt of each article before you actually subscribe. Key topics reported on in BioCycle and BioCycle.net: Anaerobic Digestion Biofuels/Compressed RNG Biogas Bioplastics Biosolids CHP Campus & Corporate Composting Climate Action Collection Compost Markets Compostable Products Composting Emissions Control Farm Digesters Financing and Incentives Food Service Food Waste Green Infrastructure Healthy Soils Landfill Diversion Manure Municipal Solid Waste Odor Management Organics Recycling Permitting and Siting Renewable Energy Source Separated Organics Storm Water Management Surveys Sustainability Urban Agriculture Wastewater Wood Recycling Zero Waste

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Organics hauler/composter funded its early and growth stages with venture/private equity capital.
12/28/2020
Financing Composting Infrastructure | BioCycle

Organics hauler/composter funded its early and growth stages with venture/private equity capital.

South Carolina-based Atlas Organics, Inc. has funded its early and growth stages with venture/private equity capital investments. Nora Goldstein

12/24/2020
How do biopolymers fit in a "truly circular economy" for plastics? #Compostable
12/23/2020
Demystifying Biopolymers And Compostable Packaging | BioCycle

How do biopolymers fit in a "truly circular economy" for plastics? #Compostable

A new report from Closed Loop Partners, an investment firm and innovation center, examines how and where biopolymers fit in a “truly circular economy” for plastics.

With its recently expanded composting site running smoothly, Dirt Hugger is “deepening its world” on sales of end produc...
12/22/2020
Composting Duo Hits Its Stride | BioCycle

With its recently expanded composting site running smoothly, Dirt Hugger is “deepening its world” on sales of end products.

Top: Tyler Miller (left) and Pierce Louis (right) cofounded Dirt Hugger in 2010. Nora Goldstein Dirt Hugger was founded in 2010 by Pierce Louis and Tyler Miller in The Dalles, Oregon, close to Hood River in the Columbia River Gorge. Louis and Miller had read a study commissioned by Tri-Counties Recy...

How #foodwaste fuels vehicles in Los Angeles …
12/17/2020
Los Angeles County Producing RNG For Vehicle Fuel | BioCycle

How #foodwaste fuels vehicles in Los Angeles …

Source separated commercial food waste is slurried with a DODA bioseparator, then stored in tanks for transport to the Sanitation Districts’ Joint Water Pollution Control Plant (JWPCP), located in Carson

“The Post-COVID State of the American Refrigerator”
12/16/2020
Checking The Fridge: Buying, Storing, And Consuming Trends During COVID-19 | BioCycle

“The Post-COVID State of the American Refrigerator”

A group of researchers with the Ohio State Food Waste Collaborative recently surveyed 500 people from around the country to gain insight into how eating at home during the pandemic has translated to other changes in American kitchens and if intentions to consume the food in refrigerators have risen....

From edible food recovery to #compost use in local parks, CalRecycle offers strategies for organics that can be adopted ...
12/15/2020
Resources Designed For California, Useful For All | BioCycle

From edible food recovery to #compost use in local parks, CalRecycle offers strategies for organics that can be adopted anywhere. #foodwaste #climate

CalRecycle, the state agency responsible for overseeing implementation of California’s SB 1383 organics recycling and edible food recovery requirements, has a new webpage with links to additional webpages dedicated to collection, procurement, food recovery, and many other program implementation to...

Montana State University (MSU) and the City of Bozeman, Montana are partnering to investigate use of household scale ana...
12/14/2020
Household Scale Anaerobic Digesters | BioCycle

Montana State University (MSU) and the City of Bozeman, Montana are partnering to investigate use of household scale anaerobic digesters to reduce #foodwaste and capture nutrients for reuse in home gardens.

Montana State University (MSU) and the City of Bozeman, Montana are partnering to investigate use of household scale anaerobic digesters to reduce food waste and capture nutrients for reuse in home gardens.

Here's an update on where 2020 has taken us …
12/10/2020
Revisiting Our 2020 Top Ten Composting Trends | BioCycle

Here's an update on where 2020 has taken us …

With a little more than 2 months left, have the 2020 trends BioCycle identified in late 2019 unfolded as predicted? Read this update, then please let us know what you think.

EPA's mixed solid waste stats now include "other food management" which covers animal feed, biobased materials/biochemic...
12/09/2020
Latest EPA MSW Facts And Figures | BioCycle

EPA's mixed solid waste stats now include "other food management" which covers animal feed, biobased materials/biochemical processing, codigestion/ anaerobic digestion, donation, land application and sewer/wastewater treatment

The U.S. EPA released its annual MSW Facts and Figures report in November, based on 2018 data. For the first time, the data includes a category titled “other food management,” defined as animal feed, biobased materials/biochemical processing, codigestion/anaerobic digestion, donation, land appli...

CBD oil producer contracts with dairy farm to grow 44 acres of hemp, fertilized with digestate.
12/08/2020
Growing Hemp With Digestate | BioCycle

CBD oil producer contracts with dairy farm to grow 44 acres of hemp, fertilized with digestate.

After a growth trial in 2019, a Massachusetts CBD oil producer contracted with dairy farm in 2020 to grow 45 acres of hemp, fertilized with digestate.

Does your lawn cause more good than harm?
12/07/2020
Connections: The Great American Lawn | BioCycle

Does your lawn cause more good than harm?

This installment of our Connections’ Drawdown series reviews the pros and cons of lawns, concluding that they ultimately provide more environmental benefits than harm. Part IX

This week's BioCycle CONNECT includes:• Food waste contamination• Digestate for hemp crops• The American lawn & carbon, ...
12/04/2020

This week's BioCycle CONNECT includes:
• Food waste contamination
• Digestate for hemp crops
• The American lawn & carbon, plus more!
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"Other Food Management"is the new category included in the EPA's latest mixed solid waste statistics. It's defined as an...
12/03/2020
Latest EPA MSW Facts And Figures | BioCycle

"Other Food Management"
is the new category included in the EPA's latest mixed solid waste statistics. It's defined as animal feed, biobased materials/biochemical processing, codigestion/anaerobic digestion, donation, land application and sewer/wastewater treatment …

The U.S. EPA released its annual MSW Facts and Figures report in November, based on 2018 data. For the first time, the data includes a category titled “other food management,” defined as animal feed, biobased materials/biochemical processing, codigestion/anaerobic digestion, donation, land appli...

As we shift away from fossil fuels, is the "electrification of everything" the answer?
11/27/2020
Commentary: Electrify A Lot … But Not Everything | BioCycle

As we shift away from fossil fuels, is the "electrification of everything" the answer?

Decarbonization will require a judicious mix of electrification, RNG, hydrogen, and other emerging solutions if we want to get to a truly sustainable future.

Dairy manure = Renewable energyThe U.S. now has 263 operational livestock anaerobic digesters and 17 under construction.
11/26/2020
AgSTAR Updates Its Livestock AD Database | BioCycle

Dairy manure = Renewable energy
The U.S. now has 263 operational livestock anaerobic digesters and 17 under construction.

A September 2020 update of farm-based manure digesters shows a trend toward renewable natural gas production.

Reduction of short-lived climate pollutant emissions, including methane, is key to meeting California’s target to reduce...
11/24/2020
California’s SB 1383 Regulations Receive Official Stamp Of Approval | BioCycle

Reduction of short-lived climate pollutant emissions, including methane, is key to meeting California’s target to reduce #GHG emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. #climatechange

Top: Jepson Prairie Organics, Vacaville, CA On November 3, 2020, CalRecycle received a Notice of Approval of Regulatory Action (pdf file) from the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) on its SB 1383 Short-Lived Climate Pollutants regulations, making them final and set to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2022...

From giant guitars and dog bones, to blue-wigged goats in leather jackets …
11/23/2020
Weird Junk | BioCycle

From giant guitars and dog bones, to blue-wigged goats in leather jackets …

Top: Examples of 1-800-GOT-JUNK’s weirdest include (clockwise): Life size tank replica (Calgary, Alberta); giant guitar (Reno, Nevada); goat statue with jeans, jacket and leather jacket (Atlanta); Giant dog bone (Tampa, Florida) and a giant tomato (Ottawa, Ontario). Photos courtesy of 1-800-GOT-JU...

100% biodegradable bottle will replace 80 million plastic bottles — 3,000 tons of plastic — currently produced by Bacard...
11/20/2020
100% Biopolymer Rum Bottle | BioCycle

100% biodegradable bottle will replace 80 million plastic bottles — 3,000 tons of plastic — currently produced by Bacardi across its portfolio of brands every year.

Bacardi, the world’s largest family-owned spirits company, announced plans to put a sustainable spirits bottle on the shelf by 2023.

Restarted Bennington, VT facility processes biosolids and yard trimmings and finished #compost is used by highway depart...
11/19/2020
Biosolids Composting Facility Returns To Service | BioCycle

Restarted Bennington, VT facility processes biosolids and yard trimmings and finished #compost is used by highway department.

Bennington, Vermont stopped operating its agitated bay composting facility about 10 years ago, but better economics led to a restart in August 2019.

USCC Seeks Comments On Model Zoning Template | BioCycle
11/18/2020
USCC Seeks Comments On Model Zoning Template | BioCycle

USCC Seeks Comments On Model Zoning Template | BioCycle

The US Composting Council’s (USCC) Legislative & Environmental Affairs Committee’s Model Zoning Task Force released a draft “Model Composting Ordinance” for community, commercial and on-farm composting sites, and is seeking comments from USCC members and industry stakeholders.

Where do U.S. #Compost Markets stand in 2020?
11/17/2020
Compost Markets In The U.S. | BioCycle

Where do U.S. #Compost Markets stand in 2020?

A 1993 BioCycle article, “Compost Supply And Demand,” calculated estimates for compost production and market demand in the U.S. Do we know where markets stand in 2020?

Founded in 2010, Dirt Hugger receives about 35,000 tons/year of residentially collected yard trimmings and #foodwaste, c...
11/16/2020
Dirt Hugger Wins Recycler Of Year Award | BioCycle

Founded in 2010, Dirt Hugger receives about 35,000 tons/year of residentially collected yard trimmings and #foodwaste, commercial food waste (from restaurants, groceries, and schools), whole fruit waste, cherry sludge from fruit processing, beer waste and beer yeast waste (about 18,000 gallons/week), wood waste, and brush.

Dirt Hugger, a source separated organics composting facility in Dallesport, Washington, received the Washington State Recycling Association’s Recycler of the Year award in early November.

Grant provides funding for network of community composting sitesL.A. Compost CalRecycle California Alliance for Communit...
11/13/2020
Assistance Available To Grow Community Composting In California | BioCycle

Grant provides funding for network of community composting sites
L.A. Compost CalRecycle California Alliance for Community Composting

Top: Community composting hub operated by LA Compost. Photo courtesy of LA Compost The California Alliance for Community Composting (CACC), in collaboration with the People, Food, and Land Foundation, was selected in June 2020 as the administrative agency to carry forth CalRecycle’s $1.35 million ...

Take back initiative for compostable products help close the loop #zerowaste Vegware
11/12/2020
EPR For Compostable Foodservice Packaging | BioCycle

Take back initiative for compostable products help close the loop #zerowaste Vegware

Programs in the United Kingdom separately collect compostable packaging from restaurants, businesses, corporate offices, event venues and institutions using the products.

Campaign serves to educate citizens and aid with keeping plastics and other contaminants out …King County Solid Waste Di...
11/11/2020
“Compost Right” Campaign Tackles Contamination | BioCycle

Campaign serves to educate citizens and aid with keeping plastics and other contaminants out …
King County Solid Waste Division Cedar Grove

A King County (WA) Solid Waste Division task force has been working on “Compost Right” messaging to get plastics and other contaminants out of organics recycling collection bins.

Several new policy developments will likely alter the landscape for meeting required reduction of carbon emissions in CA...
11/10/2020
Checking In On California RNG Markets | BioCycle

Several new policy developments will likely alter the landscape for meeting required reduction of carbon emissions in CA’s vehicle fuel usage.

Several new policy developments will likely alter the landscape for meeting required reduction of carbon emissions in the state’s vehicle fuel usage.

This year's Compost Council of Canada's Annual Pumpkin Growing Contest winner …
11/09/2020
Great & Giant Pumpkin, Canada! | BioCycle

This year's Compost Council of Canada's Annual Pumpkin Growing Contest winner …

The Compost Council of Canada’s Annual Pumpkin Growing Contest is a “friendly-but-competitive” program within The Council’s membership to focus attention on the fundamental benefit of organics recycling …

Testing Wastewater For COVID-19 Virus | BioCycle
11/05/2020
Testing Wastewater For COVID-19 Virus | BioCycle

Testing Wastewater For COVID-19 Virus | BioCycle

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) created a $10 million grant for a three-month pilot program this fall to fund local public health department efforts to coordinate with counties, universities, and....

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