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Announcing the Community Compost Law & Policy Project

Date: 1 Jun 2018 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance and The Sustainable Economies Law Center (The Law Center) are excited to announce the Community Compost Law & Policy Project. This project will provide critical legal and policy support to community composters, who often face daunting regulatory, zoning, and permitting barriers.… Read More

Release: New Report Argues Home Composting Is Vital to Local Waste Reduction Strategies

Date: 22 May 2018 | posted in: Composting, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tackling the problem of food waste is gaining attention to avoid garbage, conserve resources, create jobs, alleviate hunger, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) details how home composting is among the best opportunities to reduce food waste, especially in the near term and in areas lacking curbside collection or facilities to compost.… Read More

Yes! In My Backyard: A Home Composting Guide for Local Government

Date: 22 May 2018 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The report, Yes! In My Backyard: A Home Composting Guide for Local Governments, profiles 11 home composting programs (10 in the United States, 1 in Canada) and is a guide for local governments starting their own programs. It makes the case that home composting should be a central component of every community’s residential food waste reduction strategy. The guide is not intended as a manual on how to compost at home.… Read More

Washington, D.C. Home Composting Bill Unanimously Passes City Council

Date: 2 May 2018 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On May 1, 2018, Bill B22-0501 – Home Composting Incentives Amendment Act of 2018 unanimously passed the D.C. City Council. ILSR has supported and worked on this bill since it was first introduced by City Councilmember Mary Cheh. Home composting is an important part of any community’s strategy to recycle food scraps and yard trimmings. By cutting waste set out at the curb for municipal collection, home composting will save the City avoided costs in hauling and disposal site tipping fees. At the same, residents will enrich the soil in their own yards.… Read More

Webinar Resources: Using Bokashi in Community Composting — What, Why, How, Who

Date: 30 Apr 2018 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Bokashi is a Japanese term meaning “fermented organic matter.” Bokashi fermentation utilizes a variety of by-products – such as leaves, sawdust, husks, bran, other grains – inoculated with beneficial microbes to ferment kitchen waste. It is an anaerobic (without oxygen) process, akin to pickling. Often mistakenly considered a form of composting, it results in a very different product. However, as a pre-processing step to composting, it has several benefits including ability to handle meat and dairy, repelling rats, speeding up the composting process, and cutting frequency of food scrap collection.

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A Tribute to David Buckel: Community Composting Giant, Champion for Equality

Date: 14 Apr 2018 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

It is with deep sadness that I share the news of David Buckel’s passing. This morning David set himself on fire in Brooklyn, New York, in protest for people to lead less selfish lives as a way to protect the planet. He was a prominent lawyer in the fight for gay rights. But he was also a nationally renown pioneer in community composting.… Read More

Washington, D.C. Home Composting Bill Advances Thanks to ILSR’s Efforts

Date: 4 Apr 2018 | posted in: Composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On March 29th, 2018, the District of Columbia made an important step toward rolling out its own home composting program, when the Committee on Transportation and the Environment unanimously voted to recommend for approval Bill B22-0501 – Home Composting Incentives Amendment Act of 2018 to the full Council. … Read More

Attendees of the 2018 Community Composting Workshop

Date: 31 Jan 2018 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

  In January 2018, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance convened two events, held in conjunction with the USCC’s International Conference and Trade Show, COMPOST2018, in Atlanta: BEST PRACTICES IN COMMUNITY COMPOSTING WORKSHOP MONDAY, JANUARY 22, 2018 CULTIVATING COMMUNITY COMPOSTING FORUM 2018 TUESDAY, … Read More

Presentations: 2018 Community Composting Workshop & Forum

Date: 31 Jan 2018 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In January 2018, ILSR convened two events in conjunction with the USCC’s International Conference and Trade Show, COMPOST2018, in Atlanta: the Best Practices in Community Composting Workshop and the National Cultivating Community Composting Forum. These events brought together composters to network, share best practices, and build support for community-scale composting systems and enterprises. The Cultivating Community Composting Forum 2018 is the 5th national forum convened by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.… Read More

Agenda Available for 5th National Cultivating Community Composting Forum

Date: 18 Jan 2018 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

View the full event page here. Download Forum Agenda (PDF) 5th National Cultivating Community Composting Forum Agenda 8:15AM — 6:15PM Room: Chastain H+I (6th Floor) Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 • Atlanta, Georgia The Westin Peachtree Plaza, 210 Peachtree Street NW   … Read More

Agenda Available for Best Practices in Community Composting Workshop

Date: 18 Jan 2018 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

View the full event page here. Download Workshop Agenda (PDF)  Best Practices in Community Composting Workshop Monday, January 22nd, 2018 • Atlanta, Georgia The Westin Peachtree Plaza, 210 Peachtree Street NW In this full-day workshop for community composters, held as part … Read More

ILSR Convenes the 5th National Cultivating Community Composting Forum

Date: 8 Jan 2018 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In collaboration with the US Composting Council (USCC) and BioCycle, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance announces two events to be held in conjunction with the USCC’s International Conference and Trade Show, COMPOST2018, in Atlanta.… Read More

Video: What is Community Composting? Featuring Composters From Around the U.S.

Date: 23 Dec 2017 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Past attendees of the National Cultivating Community Composting Forum & Workshop share their answers to the question, “What is Community Composting?” Community composters serve an integral and unique role in both the broader composting industry and the sustainable food movement. … Read More

Creating Community Wealth Through Compost — Episode 4 of the Composting for Community Podcast

Date: 22 Dec 2017 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Welcome to the Composting for Community podcast! We’re kicking things off with a special promotional mini-series for the upcoming 5th National Cultivating Community Composting (CCC) Forum and Workshop in Atlanta. In each episode of this mini-series, you will meet a new, inspiring community … Read More

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