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ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Aug 7, 2017

D.C. wants to give every resident a bin for composting and offer curbside pickup in five years

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/d-c-wants-to-give-every-resident-a-bin-for-composting-and-offer-curbside-pickup-in-five-years/

The Washington Post – August 7, 2017 Written by Perry Stein City planners envision a future in the nation’s capital where every household is provided government-issued bins for organic waste alongside recycling and trash bins. A truck would pick up food and yard scraps at the curb once a week and transport them to a… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Virginia Streeter | No Comments | Updated on Jun 12, 2017

Webinar Resources: Successful Rat Prevention for Community-Scaled Composting

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

On Monday, June 5th, ILSR and the community composting network hosted a webinar on “Successful Rat Prevention for Community-Scaled Composting.” Photo at left features a rat resistant 5-bin Compost Knox composting system at Real Food Farm, courtesy of Urban Farm Plans. The webinar covered rat biology and behavior, and explored compost best management practices (BMPs) that help projects avoid rats. BMPs… Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 5, 2017

Press Release: Maryland Governor Hogan Signs ILSR-led Bipartisan Bills to Advance Composting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-maryland-governor-hogan-signs-ilsr-led-bipartisan-bills-to-advance-composting/

ANNAPOLIS, MD – On Thursday, May 4th, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed two bills to advance composting in Maryland. One will bolster recovery of food waste and other organic materials by expanding infrastructure in the state. The other will reduce contamination at compost sites by preventing the false labeling of plastics as compostable or biodegradable. In signing the bills, which were among dozens of environmental bills passed by the Maryland legislature in 2017, Governor Hogan thanked the state’s elected officials for the real bipartisan effort in passing laws to “protect our soil, our air, and our water… and grow the investment in jobs in our state.”

HB171/SB99, the “Yard Waste and Food Residuals Diversion and Infrastructure Act,” requires the Maryland Department of the Environment to study and report on existing compost manufacturing infrastructure in Maryland, as well as laws in other states that divert food scraps and organics, and to then recommend how to improve infrastructure and funding opportunities to expand composting in the Maryland. The bill requires the Department to consult with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, along with a number of ILSR’s allies including the MD-DC Compost Council, the American Biogas Council, the Maryland Horse Council, the Chesapeake Foodshed Network, the Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, and the Chesapeake Sustainable Business Council. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 4, 2017

Creating Community Wealth Through Compost – Episode 19 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/creating-community-wealth-through-compost-episode-19-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In Building Local Power this week, we’re delving into the potential community-based composting holds to empower historically marginalized communities in cities across the United States. Host Christopher Mitchell and ILSR’s Project Manager for the Composting for Community initiative, Linda Bilsens, sit down with composters Sophia Hosain and Guy Schaffer to discuss how their composting projects are… Continue reading

Article filed under Composting, Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Waste to Wealth | Written by Linda Bilsens | No Comments | Updated on Apr 25, 2017

The Community Compost Cooperative at the Howard University Community Garden

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

This article was originally written and researched by Valerie Onifade, a Composting for Community Research Associate & Intern for our Waste to Wealth initiative in December, 2016. This post has since been updated. The DPR Compost Cooperative at the Howard University Community Garden in NW Washington, DC (Shaw/Howard area), which just celebrated its two-year anniversary, showcases what… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 21, 2017

Press Release: Composting Builds Soil Health, Earth Day 2017 Resources Available

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-composting-builds-soil-health-earth-day-2017-resources-available/

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The first Earth Day in 1970 sparked not only the beginning of the environmental movement, but also the birth of the modern recycling movement. Today, recycling of paper, bottles, and cans is the norm, but food waste recovery remains paltry. Less than 5% of food thrown away is recovered. According to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), almost half of typical garbage could be converted into compost (Source: ILSR’s Infographic).

Compost is recognized for its ability to enhance soil fertility, soil water holding capacity, and soil carbon storage. To celebrate Earth Day 2017, ILSR has released a series of posters illustrating these benefits, along with other resources to spur community scale composting projects. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Apr 21, 2017

Make Every Day Earth Day Through Composting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/earth-day-2017/

“The Nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.”                                            – Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1937 With almost 30% of U.S. cropland eroding above soil tolerance levels – meaning the long-term ability of the soil to sustain… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2017

Posters: 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-posters/

Composting protects the soil and climate while creating jobs. Learn how in our series of posters, available in a variety of formats for easy sharing and distribution. Each poster is available for your use (with attribution to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance) so you can educate your community about the benefits of composting. All posters are… Continue reading

Featured Article, Event filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Linda Bilsens | No Comments | Updated on Apr 19, 2017

NSR Master Composter Course in Baltimore

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/nsr-master-composter-course-bmore-fall-2016/

The City of Baltimore is dedicated to developing sustainable local food systems by encouraging urban farming. Compost is an important ingredient for filtering and immobilizing pollutants from our soils. ILSR’s Composting for Community Initiative is proud to help support the City’s food growing goals by partnering with ECO City Farms, Civic Works’ Real Food Farms, and Urban Farm Plans by bringing the Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Master Composter training course to the Baltimore community! Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Apr 19, 2017

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/

From healthy soils, to good local jobs, we bet you didn’t know that compost can have such an impact! So think twice before you throw away your compostable food scraps… because one person’s trash is another’s black gold. Please help us spread the word! You can view the individual infographic sections here, but below is… Continue reading