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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Feb 27, 2017

Bike-Powered Food Scrap Collection

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/bike-powered-food-scrap-collection/

As part of ILSR’s collaboration with the Chesapeake Youth Development Center to launch a bike-powered food scrap collection service in Curtis Bay, a neighborhood of Baltimore, ILSR interviewed 17 owners and founders of bike-powered collection services in 11 states. Read our article, Bike Powered Food Scraps Collection in the January 2017 issue of BioCycle Magazine. Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Lynn Brinkley | No Comments | Updated on Jun 20, 2016

California – Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling

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

Seeking to further California’s waste diversion rate and thereby preserve landfill capacity for the future, the state enacted Assembly Bill 1826 on September 28, 2014. Also known as the Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling (MORe) program, the bill requires commercial generators of organic waste to compost or anaerobically digest their food waste, landscape and other green waste, food-soiled paper, and nonhazardous wood waste. The law’s staggered dates of enforcement will allow adjustment time to develop greater capacity in California’s existing organic waste processing infrastructure. Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on May 20, 2016

NYC – Commercial 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/nyc-organics-recovery/

New York City generates 1.8 million tons of commercial and residential organic waste, 95% of which ends up in landfills or incinerators both in and outside of New York state lines. In December 2013, NYC passed its Commercial Organic Waste law (Local Law 146), which took 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 Lynn Brinkley | No Comments | Updated on May 10, 2016

Austin, TX – Universal Recycling Ordinance

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/food-scrap-ban/austin-tx-universal-recycling/

In 2011, the City of Austin set a goal of a 75% diversion rate for solid waste by 2020 as part of its larger zero waste ambitions. In 2014, the city expanded its Universal Recycling Ordinance to include organics. Austin’s goals are based on a desire to mitigate methane emissions from landfills and promote economic development. In its Resource Recovery Master Plan, the city envisions providing incentives to encourage an economy in which the discards of one business can be the feedstocks of another business. A study prepared in 2008 for the city government by consultants estimated that a diversion economy could generate 1,800 jobs for Austin. Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Lynn Brinkley | No Comments | Updated on Apr 22, 2016

Rhode Island – Food Waste Recycling Requirements

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/food-scrap-ban/rhode-island-food-waste-recycling/

In 2014 Rhode Island amended its Refuse Disposal laws to create a food waste ban in landfills and to promote the recycling of food residuals via composting and anaerobic digestion. Other approved methods include on-site composting or diversion for agricultural uses. Continue reading

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Apr 15, 2016

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 recyclable material (by weight) of the state’s disposed solid waste. In fact, almost one-third of the state’s annual contribution to landfills is made up of food scraps and other recoverable organics. These numbers prompted Connecticut to enact a recycling mandate for certain organic materials on January 1, 2014. Continue reading

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

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

Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Mar 15, 2016

Massachusetts – Commerical Organics Disposal Ban

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

Massachusetts has a problem: it is running out of landfill capacity and already has disposal fees higher than the national average. Accordingly, Massachusetts plans to reduce the quantity of waste it disposes of by 30% by 2020, and by 80% by 2050. It expects to do so, in part, by increasing the amount of organic materials it diverts to 350,000 tons by 2020. Continue reading