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Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on May 5, 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/

It’s International Compost Awareness Week (#ICAW) (May 1st-7th) and we are releasing an infographic every day to illustrate the many ways compost goes much deeper than dirt. Come back every day this week to learn more! On a per-ton basis, making compost alone, employs 2x more workers than landfills and 4x more than incinerators. Using compost in green infrastructure… 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

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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/

Please register for Webinar March 22, 2016 | Crowdfunding for Community Composting on Mar 22, 2016 2:00 PM EDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9110286539296736769 MORE INFORMATION: Crowdfunding and worker-owned cooperatives are just two of the models that have proven to work for community composters around the United States. Please join Lor Holmes with CERO, and Dustin Fedako with… 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

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 16, 2016

Cultivating Community Composting Forum and Workshop Bring Composters Together

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ccc2016-forum-and-workshop/

ILSR and BioCycle magazine teamed up for the National Cultivating Community Composting Forum at the US Composting Council’s International Conference & Trade Show January 25-28, 2016, in Jacksonville, Florida. More than 70 community composters from all over the US gathered in Jacksonville to discuss best practices for community composting. From bike pedallers to urban farmers… Continue reading

Article, Event filed under General | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jan 25, 2016

Best Practices in Community Composting Workshop

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

Here’s what’s in store for our 2016 Best Practices in Community Composting Workshop, hosted by ILSR and Biocycle magazine. We hope to see you at the conference! Best Practices in Community Composting agenda 01-24-16 version (1) Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2014

New York City, NY – Organics Recycling Mandate

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/food-scrap-ban/york-city-ny-food-organics-recovery/

According to Global Green USA, an astounding 95% of New York City’s commercial food waste is disposed of in either landfills or combustors – that is a big challenge, for a big city. But the big apple is facing this challenge head-on. In 2012, then mayor, Michael Bloomberg committed to doubling the amount of waste the city recycles or composts. In December of 2013, NYC passed its Commercial Organics Law, which is set to take effect July 1, 2015. This law mandates specific large-scale generators to arrange for the recycling of their organic materials or employ department-approved methods to process the material themselves. Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 11, 2014

Connecticut – Organics Recycling Mandate

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/food-scrap-ban/connecticut-organics-recovery/

A 2009 waste characterization study of Connecticut’s waste stream found that food scraps are the single most common and potentially recyclable material, by weight, of Connecticut’s disposed solid waste. One third of the state’s annual contribution to the landfill is made up of food scraps and other organics like yard trimmings, food residues, and compostable (soiled, unrecyclable) paper. It is because of these numbers that Connecticut enacted a recycling mandate for organic materials on January 1, 2014. Continue reading

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Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 11, 2014

Vermont – Universal Recycling Law

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/food-scrap-ban/vermont-organics-recovery/

With only one active landfill serving the entire state, Vermont is aggressively embarking on a first-of-its-kind, statewide parallel collection program of all mandated recyclable materials, including yard debris and food residuals. By taking a phased-in, all-in approach, by 2020 all of Vermont’s citizens will be required to divert food scraps and other organics from the landfill and all haulers and solid waste management facilities will be required to provide services for these materials. Continue reading