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Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 1, 2012

Ban on Food Scraps in Landfills and Mandatory Participation Ordinances

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/food-scrap-ban/

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, an estimated 57.5 percent of yard trimmings were “grasscycled” or composted in 2010, while only 2.8 percent of food scraps were salvaged. Banning food scraps from landfills can have a tremendous and immediate effect on diverting organics from the waste stream, while also reducing landfill generated green-house gas… Continue reading

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Ban on Landfill Disposal of Yard Trimmings

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/yard-trimming-ban/

Yard debris accounts for twenty percent of the waste in U.S. landfills. In addition to implementing yard waste reduction strategies, such as grasscycling, some jurisdictions have banned yard trimmings from landfills. Where such bans exist, public waste management authorities often provide residents the option of curbside collection if the yard debris is “source-separated” from other… Continue reading

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Compost Procurement Policies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/compost-procurement/

Government agencies, business, and institutions are developing environmental procurement guidelines and policies that require the purchase of compost to enhance their construction and/or landscaping operations. In addition, more and more of these entities are specifying that the compost be purchased locally, which minimize transportation impacts, creates a local market demand for a sustainable compost product,… Continue reading

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Compost-Amended Soil Requirements

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/compost-amended-soil/

Incorporating compost into soils that are disturbed or damaged by human development (such as typical construction practices) has many benefits for the overall health of the soil ecosystem including: improved water retention, increased infiltration rates, greater binding ability, pH stabilization, and micronutrient enrichment. These micro-level soil benefits in turn, lead to significant community benefits on… Continue reading

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Performance-Based Composting Permit Regulations

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/performance-based-composting/

Performance-based compost regulations describe standards to be met without imposing restrictions on the exact way to meet those standards. Several states in the Pacific Northwest, such as Washington and Oregon, as well as Ohio in the Midwest have implemented performance-based standards, thereby acknowledging that no one model is best for every facility. These rules foster… Continue reading

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On-Farm Composting Rules and Permit Exemptions

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/on-farm-composting/

Farmers have a vital role to play in producing and utilizing compost to restore depleted soils. Permit exemptions authorize compost operations on farms and smaller-scale facilities, such as community gardens, thus avoiding superfluous permitting requirements that are intended for larger, full-scale compost facilities. Because there are often significantly less risks or hazards associated with on-farm… Continue reading

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Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Nov 1, 2012

Chesapeake Compost Company Opens MD’s Largest Indoor Compost Facility

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ccc-opens-compost-facility/

Chesapeake Compost Company (CCC) has started operating in the Curtis Bay section of Baltimore as of October 1. The company will process 180 tons per week of separated discard food and 180 tons per week of wood chips into finished compost delivered to the 54,000 square foot facility by local businesses and institutions. The facility… Continue reading

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Vermont – Composting Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/food-scrap-ban/vermont/

Vermont is embarking on a statewide effort to recycle all of its food scraps by 2017. The bill mandates the separation and collection of leaf and yard residuals by 2015 as well as food scraps by 2017, while specifically identifying a twenty mile transfer distance, which will promote the development of local organic recycling facilities. Continue reading

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Article filed under Biomaterials, Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 16, 2012

Internships Available – Jobs and Styrofoam Research

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/wtw-internship-openings/

ILSR’s Waste to Wealth Program has openings for qualified college and university students or graduates for summer or academic year internships to research the economic and watershed benefits of composting and to assist with its no-styrofoam campaign. Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Biomaterials, Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 11, 2012

Exemptions/Exclusions Added to Atlanta Airport Info Packet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/atlanta-airport-exemptions-added/

The Sustainable Food Court Initiative (SFCI) Airport Pilot, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, works closely with the SFCI Team to bring sustainable operating practices to their operations, especially regarding food waste. In early 2012 the Atlanta Airport made a bold statement in the new concessionaire contract, the largest foodservice contract executed in North America. Continue reading