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Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on May 7, 2016

Infographic: Compost Impacts More Than You Think

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

Thank you for your overwhelming support of our International Compost Awareness Week (#ICAW) infographic! We have received so many thank you’s and requests for full resolution versions, so keep them coming! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FULL WEB-OPTIMIZED GRAPHIC We want you to be able to share these infographics under creative commons license, free of cost. If… Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Apr 30, 2016

Wisconsin – Composting Rules

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

Wisconsin recently revised its composting regulations; the new rules became effective June 1, 2012. To ensure public safety (thereby improving the condition of finished compost) the revisions require that composters use best management practices to manage pathogens. Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Apr 28, 2016

Rhode Island – Composting Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/on-farm-composting/rhode-island/

Rhode Island requires most small-scale composters to submit a registration to the state.  Certain composting activities such as applying agricultural manures or composting agricultural by-products produced on-site may be conducted without a registration.  In order for an agricultural composter to accept paper, yard trimmings, or food scraps from off-site they must receive approval from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Continue reading

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Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Apr 26, 2016

The Benefits of Composting & Compost Use

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

Composting and compost use have numerous benefits in addition to green job creation and reducing the amount of waste destined for landfills and incinerators. At the same time we throw away tons of food scraps and yard trimmings, our soils are eroding and losing nutrients, while damaging receiving waters. Excess fertilizers from farms and suburban… Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Apr 5, 2016

Iowa – Composting Rules

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

Iowa has some good regulations to encourage on-farm, small-scale food scrap composting.  The rules allow composters to accept up to two tons of food scraps from off-site per week without obtaining a solid waste permit. The composters must comply with specific site and operating requirements or their exempt status may be revoked. Facilities composting over two tons of food residuals and yard waste per week in any combination from off premises must obtain a permit and adhere to the solid waste composting requirements stipulated in state rules. Continue reading

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Featured Article, Event filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Mar 16, 2016

Webinar: Crowdfunding for Community Composting

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

On March 22, 2016 Brenda Platt was joined by Dustin Fedako of Compost Pedallers and Ethany Uttech of Ioby to talk about best practices for community composting. Below is the link to the recording, please pass it along to whomever you think would benefit from the conversation. If you’d like to be updated on ILSR… Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Mar 10, 2016

Massachusetts – Composting Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/yard-trimming-ban/massachusetts/

Since the early 1990s, Massachusetts has banned yard waste from disposal or incineration. To further facilitate diversion of organic waste from disposal, Massachusetts allows certain types of small-scale composting operations to be conditionally exempt from the requirement to obtain a site permit as long as specific performance standards are met.  Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Mar 10, 2016

Massachusetts – Composting Rules

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

Massachusetts allows certain types of composting operations to be conditionally exempt from the requirement to obtain a permit as long as specific performance standards are met.  These operations include leaf composters who have less than 10,000 tons on-site at one time.  Many other types of on-farm composting, including up to 20 cubic yards per day of vegetative scraps or 5 tons per day of food material, are permitted if a registration is submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Food and Agriculture and performance standards are met. Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Mar 9, 2016

Duke University – Compost Procurement

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/compost-procurement/duke-university/

As part of fulfilling sustainability goals for campus landscaping, Duke University has included the purchase of compost in its guidelines for it university procurement office, thus creating an end-use market for local producers of compost. Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Mar 5, 2016

West Virginia – Composting Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/on-farm-composting/west-virginia/

West Virginia addresses composting in a novel way: it categorizes acceptable farm and facility feedstock types more broadly than most states. West Virginia’s Yard Waste Composting Rule (33CSR3) addresses the state’s composting policies. Continue reading