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Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2014

New York City, NY – Organics Recycling Mandate

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

According to Global Green USA, an astounding 95% of New York City’s commercial food waste is disposed of in either landfills or combustors – that is a big challenge, for a big city. But the big apple is facing this challenge head-on. In 2012, then mayor, Michael Bloomberg committed to doubling the amount of waste the city recycles or composts. In December of 2013, NYC passed its Commercial Organics Law, which is set to take effect July 1, 2015. This law mandates specific large-scale generators to arrange for the recycling of their organic materials or employ department-approved methods to process the material themselves. Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 11, 2014

Connecticut – Organics Recycling Mandate

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

A 2009 waste characterization study of Connecticut’s waste stream found that food scraps are the single most common and potentially recyclable material, by weight, of Connecticut’s disposed solid waste. One third of the state’s annual contribution to the landfill is made up of food scraps and other organics like yard trimmings, food residues, and compostable (soiled, unrecyclable) paper. It is because of these numbers that Connecticut enacted a recycling mandate for organic materials on January 1, 2014. Continue reading

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Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 11, 2014

Vermont – Universal Recycling Law

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

With only one active landfill serving the entire state, Vermont is aggressively embarking on a first-of-its-kind, statewide parallel collection program of all mandated recyclable materials, including yard debris and food residuals. By taking a phased-in, all-in approach, by 2020 all of Vermont’s citizens will be required to divert food scraps and other organics from the landfill and all haulers and solid waste management facilities will be required to provide services for these materials. Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 24, 2014

Massachusetts – Organics Disposal Ban

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

Massachusetts has a problem: it is running out of landfill capacity and already has disposal fees higher than the national average. Accordingly, Massachusetts plans to reduce the quantity of waste it disposes of by 30% by 2020, and by 80% by 2050. It expects to do so, in part, by increasing the amount of organic materials it diverts to 350,000 tons by 2020. Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR 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://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

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

Ban on Yard Trimmings in Landfills

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://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

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

Compost Procurement Policies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://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

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

Compost-Amended Soil Requirements

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://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

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

Performance-Based Composting Permit Regulations

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://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

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

On-Farm Composting Rules and Permit Exemptions

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://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