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Featured Article, Event filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Nov 5, 2015

ILSR Sponsors the Third National Cultivating Community Composting Forum

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/cultivating-community-composting-forum2016/

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 in Jacksonville, Florida:

Best Practices in Community Composting Workshop –
January 25, 2016

 

Cultivating Community Composting Forum 2016-
January 26, 2016

These events will bring together composters to network, share best practices, and build support for community scale composting systems and enterprises. The Cultivating Community Composting Forum 2016 is the third national forum sponsored by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and BioCycle.

 

Scholarships are available to community composters!
Click here to apply.
Application deadline: November 13th

 

Best Practices in Community Composting Workshop
1 to 4:30 pm, Monday, January 25th, 2016

In this half-day workshop for community composters, we will walk through practices that work. Topics include: creative financing, operator training, engaging community and recruiting participants, food scrap collection, equipment and small-scale systems, site planning, complying with regulations, outreach and communications, cooperative structures, technology platforms, marketing compost, measuring impact, managing the compost process, and overcoming roadblocks. We will address how to take your community-scale composting to the next level. Walk away knowing how to adapt the efforts and achievements of other programs for your community. Open to community-scale composters who are composting on-site at schools, community gardens and farms or otherwise keeping the process as local and small-scale as possible while engaging the community through participation and education. Pedal-powered collectors welcome.

Practitioners: A diverse team of community composters will lead this workshop. If you’re interested in participating, please email Joshua Etim at jetim@ilsr.org.
Facilitators/hosts: Brenda Platt, Institute for Local Self-Reliance; Nora Goldstein, BioCycle

Workshop Cost: USCC Member Price: $175 / Non-Member Price: $225

Register on the USCC web site, here.

Scholarships available to community composters! Apply here by November 13th. After that, email Joshua Etim at jetim@ilsr.org.

Cultivating Community Composting Forum
2:30 to 6:00 pm, Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

This Forum will take place as a track on the first day of the US Composting Council’s International Conference and Trade Show (January 25th-28th). Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Linda Bilsens | No Comments | Updated on Aug 31, 2015

Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders in Action

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/neighborhoodsoilrebuildersinaction/

A widespread overdependence on centralized, far-away and large-scale composting facilities persists, making it harder to return finished compost and the many benefits it provides back to the community for use. Fortunately for us, composting is something that we can start doing immediately at home, schools, institutions, community gardens and farms to start rebuilding our soils —as long as we do so thoughtfully. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Composting | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Dec 18, 2014

Failure of the Wilmington Compost Facility Underscores Need for a Locally Based and Diverse Composting Infrastructure

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/failure-wilmington-compost-facility-underscores-locally-based-diverse-composting-infrastructure/

The rapid increase in community-scale composting in the Mid-Atlantic is sorely needed. The recent closing of the Wilmington Organics Recycling Center in Delaware, due to the loss of its operating permit, has pushed the need for a distributed and diverse composting infrastructure to the fore. Source separated food discard programs from New York City to… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2015

Brenda Platt: State of Composting Presentation – Maryland 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/brenda-platt-state-of-composting-presentation-maryland-2015/

ILSR co-director, Brenda Platt, gave a presentation at the Maryland Recycling Network’s 2015 Annual Conference.  Her talk, State of Composting in the US: What, Why, Where & How, provided and update and overview of ILSR’s report that documents what is currently happening in organics management across the U.S. View or download Brenda’s presentation to the… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Composting | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Nov 6, 2014

ILSR Presenting on Food Waste Composting to Philadelphia City Council – Nov. 12th

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-presenting-food-waste-composting-philadelphia-city-council-nov-12th/

ILSR’s Brenda Platt will be presenting on the benefits of food waste composting before the The Joint Committees on Streets and Services & The Environment of the Council of the City of Philadelphia on November 12th.   The public hearing will cover the feasibility of and benefits to the City of residential food waste recycling including… Continue reading