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Catalyzing Greater Equity Through Composting

Date: 19 Sep 2022 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

How can a community reeling from multiple economic shocks use composting as a tool to build a more resilient food system? ILSR’s Linda Bilsens Brolis talks to Renee V. Wallace of Detroit about composting as a tool for building equity and solving big challenges.
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As Heat Islands Worsen in Baltimore, Local Composting Can Relieve Its Effects

Date: 9 Aug 2022 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Across the U.S., the effects of 2022’s record high heat temperatures are widespread as climate change continues to exacerbate rising temperatures, intensifying heat-induced dangers to the public health and wellbeing of urban communities, Baltimore included. While the corporate sector is responsible for the majority of emissions causing rapid climate change, there are some green infrastructure and waste-reduction practices to enlist at the local level that can help curb the impacts of the warming climate.… 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 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

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

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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The Institute for Local Self-Reliance Launches a New Online Community Composting 101 Course

Date: 13 Jan 2022 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new online course from ILSR will support the expansion of locally-based composting initiatives at community gardens, farms, schools, and other sites. Composting transforms food scraps and other materials into a valuable product that improves soil health, while recycling nutrients that would otherwise be disposed. Composting also helps communities reduce wasted food and combat climate change.  … Read More

Brenda Platt Explains the Past, Present, and Future of Composting

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

Brenda Platt joins Charlie Pioli on “The Community Composting Podcast” to discuss the history of community composting, the implementation of state-wide composting policies, and institutionalizing zero waste. They dive into local and state wide composting policies and the necessary paradigm shift to become a zero waste nation. … Read More

Composting Connects Black and Latinx Youth to their Roots

Date: 20 Dec 2021 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of the Composting for Community podcast, Nando Rodriguez, environmental facilitator at The Brotherhood Sister Sol, shares with us the various ways he engages youth in composting activities. He also dives into the role that environmental practices for Black and Latinx youth play in helping preserve and honor their cultural roots. … Read More

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