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Hawaii – Greenhouse Gas Sequestration Task Force

In June 2018, Hawaii’s Governor Ige signed HB 2182 into law as “Act 15,” establishing a permanent Greenhouse Gas Sequestration Task Force in the Office of Planning and Sustainable Development. Act 15 repealed Act 33 (2017), replacing the Carbon Farming Task Force with the new Greenhouse Gas Sequestration Task Force (GHGSTF).… Read More

Government Support for Community Composting Part 3: Cities and Counties with Public-Private Partnerships

Date: 3 Jun 2022 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Part 3 of our Government Support for Community Composting webinar series featured select jurisdictions that are providing a wide range of support for community-scale composting activities, from building concrete pads under 3-bin systems and granting right of entries to urban parks, to awarding RFPs for new compost sites.… Read More

Baltimore’s Zero Waste Future

ILSR has been assisting grass roots organizations in Baltimore to fend off new incinerators and shut down an existing aging and polluting garbage incinerator in Downtown Baltimore, planning for and implementing Zero Waste practices. These practices would also help the city and communities address other pressing problems in the city; including the need for more good jobs, reduced recidivism, elimination of the ‘digital divide’, and creation of new small businesses, community based food production and environmental education.

The following article makes suggestions for transforming the current recycling system, and an update on community based activity in the context of rapidly changing markets, technology and entrepreneurial opportunities.… Read More

Webinar: Government Support for Community Composting Part 2: Food Scrap Collectors & Composters with Municipal Contracts

Date: 25 May 2022 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In Part 2 of our Government Support for Community Composting webinar series, you will hear directly from food scrap collectors. Join this webinar to hear directly from food scrap collectors and composters who have secured some type of private-public partnership. If you represent local government, attend this event to learn how to directly support local food scrap recovery businesses.… Read More

California – Healthy Soils Program

In 2017, the California Healthy Soils Program (HSP) was launched with the goal of sequestering carbon, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and improving soil health in the state.… Read More

Webinar Series: Government Support for Community Composting

Date: 18 Apr 2022 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Are you a local government interested in reducing and recycling wasted food and curious to learn how you can help spur community-scale composting? Or perhaps you are a community-oriented composter or micro hauler searching for public-private partnerships. This webinar series is for you! View the recordings now!… Read More

Webinar: Government Support for Community Composting Part 1: Spotlight on New York City

Date: 18 Apr 2022 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Are you a local government interested in reducing and recycling wasted food and curious to learn how you can help spur community-scale composting? Or perhaps you are a community-oriented composter or micro hauler searching for public-private partnerships. This webinar, Government Support for Community Composting Part 1: Spotlight on New York City, is for you!… Read More

Recap of Compost-Related Bills in Maryland’s 2022 Legislative Session

Date: 14 Apr 2022 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

With momentum from the wins for composting achieved during Maryland’s 2021 legislative session, ILSR’s Composting Initiative team supported three composting-related bills during Maryland’s 2022 legislative session. Our team continues to push to advance necessary and visionary policy on composting, waste diversion, and healthy soils in Maryland.… Read More

New Bill on Waste Diversion and On-Farm Composting Introduced in Maryland House

Date: 23 Feb 2022 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR’s Composting for Community team has worked closely with Delegate Regina T. Boyce to introduce the Solid Waste Disposal and Diversion and On-Farm Composting and Compost Use bill (HB 1070) for Maryland’s 2022 legislative session.… Read More

Ohio – Waste Disposal Surcharges

Ohio has a few surcharge fees on waste disposal that fund state level regulatory programs. The original surcharges were established in 1988 by Ohio House Bill 592 (now coded in Section 3734.57, Paragraph A of the Ohio Code). The fees have been amended several times since 1988. Now, Ohio has four state surcharge fees on the disposal and transfer of municipal solid waste.… Read More

Surcharges On Waste Disposal Fund Composting

Date: 4 Feb 2022 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

More than 42 million tons of food scraps are landfilled or burned in the US each year, as estimated by the EPA. One reason among many is lack of adequate funding to prevent, rescue, and recycle wasted food. One funding mechanism with a proven track record of raising funds to reduce and recycle waste is the establishment of a per-ton surcharge on waste landfilled or incinerated. This article features ten examples of existing regulations that allocate revenue from waste disposal surcharges to fund waste diversion, reuse, recycling, composting, and other sustainability efforts, and extracts best practices and possible roadblocks that may help to guide the development of new legislation to fund composting and divert waste.… Read More

The EPA Recognizes ILSR for Diverting Food Waste From Landfills

Date: 1 Feb 2022 | posted in: Composting, waste - zero waste | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Environmental Protection Agency announced that it recognizes the Institute for Local Self-Reliance as an awardee in the regional grant category for building resilient and healthy communities, advancing local composting, and enhancing soils for local food production. … Read More

Through Pedal-Power, Community Composters Cultivate Deeper Connections with their Community

Date: 21 Jan 2022 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Sophia Hosain is joined by Composting for Community’s intern Alondra Sierra and Elinor Crescenzi, an activist, organizer, and a founding member of the Food Cycle Collective in Pomona, California.
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