Fighting Food Waste and Employing Youth in Baltimore

Date: 9 Aug 2018 | posted in: agriculture, Composting, environment, equity | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Compost Collective is an entrepreneurship program where youth are trained in workforce skills, food access programming and community-scale composting. They are receiving guided, hands-on experience managing a small-scale composting operation and its expansion, and using the compost they create to grow fresh produce for the community at Filbert Street Garden.… Read More

ILSR Trains Teen Leaders on the Basics of Composting

Date: 26 Jul 2018 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute (LMTI) in Secaucus, New Jersey, has a team of youth this summer developing and implementing an action plan to compost food waste at a local high school. To help the team with ideas and move forward with planning their project, ILSR’s lead Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders compost trainers, Brenda Platt and Linda Bilsens Brolis, provided hands-on training July 10th. … Read More

Webinar Resources: Community Compost Law & Policy

Date: 2 Jul 2018 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As part of our Community Compost Law & Policy Project, ILSR hosted a webinar with The Sustainable Economies Law Center to provide community composters with an opportunity to share, discuss, and strategize around legal and policy issues confronting community composting. The webinar provided a short overview of the legal and policy trends we see impacting each stage of the composting process, including 1) organic waste generation, 2) hauling, 3) composting, and 4) distribution of compost. These issues include zoning, franchise agreements, insurance, permitting, and more.… 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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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

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