Vermont official to discuss composting
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Natural Resources secretary is inviting the public to discuss a variety of environmental issues including composting.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state agencies have saved more than $29 million in recent years by cutting back on copy paper.
The figure comes from a state report issued Wednesday that looked...
SEATTLE (AP) — Ashes to ashes, guts to dirt.
Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation Tuesday making Washington the first state to approve composting as an alternative to burying or cremating...
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Corrections says the composting of food scraps in the state's prisons keeps 572,000 pounds (257,400 kilograms) of food waste out of landfills every...
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington appears set to become the first state to allow a burial alternative known as "natural organic reduction" — an accelerated decomposition process that turns bodies...
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Compostable ‘bioplastics’ make inroads with consumers
Looking for an eco-friendly alternative to traditional plastics — especially single-use items like bags, straws and picnic tableware — many supermarkets and vendors are offering an array of compostable alternatives made from plant fibers or starches.
Washington could be first state to allow human composting
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington could become the first state to legalize human composting.
KIRO-TV reports a proposed bill that would allow for human composting, also known as "recomposition," is moving through the Washington State Legislature.
Maine composting companies struggle to find in-state waste
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine composting companies are importing waste as commercial composting slows in the state.
Oregon recycling rate short of 2020 goal
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is unlikely to reach its goal of recycling and recovering 52 percent of the waste generated in the state by 2020.
The Statesman Journal reports that Oregonians recycled and recovered about 42.8 percent of all waste in the state in 2017. That's just a slight increase from the state's 42.2 percent rate in 2016.
Man fights state order over composting odor
NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man is appealing a cease-and-desist order from the state Department of Environmental Protection over foul odors coming from his property.
The Telegram & Gazette reports that 58-year-old Santo Anza was ordered to stop all activities on his Northborough property that contribute to air pollution.
Virginia prisons to use grant to start composting program
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Composting is coming to Virginia prisons.
The Virginia Department of Corrections has received a grant of $88,700 to establish a composting program at 18 prison sites with adjacent farms.
The grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture targets projects that emphasize food-waste diversion from landfills.
Environmental officials using compost for seal carcasses
YORK, Maine (AP) — Maine environmental officials are considering using composting to manage seal corpses left behind from mass die-offs.
The Portsmouth Herald reports over 600 dead seals have washed ashore along the coastline in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts since July. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said last month an outbreak of distemper caused the deaths.
Maine seeks to shut down company accused of polluting
ARUNDEL, Maine (AP) — Maine environmental regulators say they intend to revoke licenses from a composting company accused of producing pollution and obstructing investigators.
Maine DEP looks to boost composting, recycling
FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is awarding a half dozen grants to try to expand composting and recycling programs around the state.
The state wants to use the grants to prevent excess waste from being disposed when it could be reused. The six grants amount to $88,000 and are part of a first-time DEP effort to address waste management in new ways.
Autumn’s a good time for making compost, and a bin is key
Garden cleanup, lawn mowing and falling leaves all provide materials that make autumn a good time of year for composting.
No need for exotic ingredients, fancy equipment or a degree in soil microbiology to put together a pile that yields quality compost and is not unpleasantly aromatic.
HOUSING FOR YOUR COMPOST 'PET'
You might look upon your compost pile as a pet, a conglomeration of millions of beneficial fungi, bacteria and other soil microorganisms. The pet benefits from the right housing.
Compost company agrees to $785K settlement in odor lawsuit
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state composting company has agreed to pay more than $785,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit over bad smells from its plant.
The Daily Herald reports Cedar Grove Composting agreed to the settlement with Marysville residents, saying it would also spend $1.45 million to reduce the potential for malodorous emissions.
Big Island proposes Keaau site for composting facility
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The new proposed site for a Big Island composting facility is away from housing and will cause less of a disruption on the community, officials said.
The $10.3 million facility has been proposed for a site at the upper end of the W.H. Shipman Business Park in Keaau, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Monday.
OPS school’s composting ‘making a world of difference’
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — When you serve hundreds of meals a day to hungry kids, the trash really piles up.
Banana peels. Half-eaten chicken nuggets. Tater tots smeared with ketchup. Sticky juice boxes.
Schools produce a tremendous amount of garbage and food waste — Fontenelle Elementary used to fill 24 to 30 bags of trash each day that required a daily dumpster pickup.
Now, the school is down to three bags of trash per day. The dumpster gets emptied twice per week.
BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Keeping food scraps out of landfills?
It's good business practice.
"Places like this produce so much coffee grounds and little food scraps and stuff like that — it's kind of not sensible to not compost, at this point," said Caley Martin, manager of South Street Cafe at 105 South St.
Dozens of Bennington businesses have been consistently composting their food scraps, in advance of a requirement built into Vermont's universal recycling law, Act 148.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Waste management services in Juneau could soon be in one convenient location.
The Juneau Empire reports members of the Juneau government today will look over two options for housing all waste programs, including recycling, household hazardous waste and composting.
HARLINGEN — Just look at it as a way to get your hugelkultur on.
Hugelkultur, a German-inspired technique for raised-bed gardening and composting without irrigation or fertilizer, will be demonstrated at the upcoming Gardeners Market in San Benito Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Also on the agenda of the Cameron County Master Gardeners’ “Gardeners Market” is hypertufa, a way to make garden pots from Portland cement and old towels.
Akron Zoo sets global sustainability standard for zoos with ‘Big Hanna’ compost system (photos)
Akron Zoo sets global sustainability standard for zoos with 'Big Hanna' compost system (photos)
AKRON, Ohio - The Akron Zoo has unveiled a composting machine named "Big Hanna," designed to help the zoo achieve its zero waste goal.
The zoo is the first zoo in the world to implement such a system, which will divert 47 tons of material away from landfills, said Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler at a public unveiling on Monday.
Sugar Land has a little more room left in its landfill thanks to the efforts of the city and its residents to recycle more waste.
More than 48 percent of residential materials were diverted from area landfills in March, according to the city’s solid waste and recycling provider. During an average month, Sugar Land residents recycle about 38 percent. The March increase was largely due to a record amount of green waste recycling.
For second-graders at Bishop McNamara Catholic School’s Bourbonnais Campus, every day for the rest of the school year will be Earth Day.
Or, make that Earth Worm Day since University of Illinois Extension’s staff member Holly Froning introduced them, teacher Sharon Clark and aide Cheryl Bevis to “a very unusual new word — vermiculture — composting with worms” — a process to make new earth.
The city of Houston Green Building Resource Center is sponsoring it's bi-annual rain barrel/compost bin sale at a greatly reduced price.
A percentage of all sales goes to the continued work of GBRC in educating the public about conservation and recycling. Deadline to order is 11 p.m. Sunday, May 6.
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SIU-Carbondale turns dining hall food waste into compost
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University is turning hundreds of pounds of uneaten dining hall food into compost.
Longmont's trash reduction challenge
What: Longmont is challenging the city's residential solid waste collection customers to pledge to send less trash to the landfill.
When: People can sign up online through May 14 to participate in the challenge at bit.ly/longmont-21daychallenge and enter a drawing for gift cards they can use at downtown Longmont businesses.
More information about the city's solid waste services can be viewed at LongmontColorado.gov/solidwaste
Squeezing the most out of small outdoor spaces
As herb and vegetable gardens, composting and other aspects of green living become more popular, many people with limited outdoor space are looking for ways to squeeze the most out of it.
GREENWICH — The film screening at Greenwich High School featuring “Wasted: The Story of Food Waste” has been rescheduled for April 19.
The documentary, which will be shown at 6:30 p.m. at the GHS Performing Arts Center, aims to create a conscious change in the way people buy, cook, recycle and eat food, according to its website.
Film at Greenwich High to begin composting discussion
GREENWICH — The Greenwich Conservation Commission has long had its eyes on Greenwich High School as a composting site.
Commission Environmental Analyst Aleksandra Moch hopes that by screening the documentary, “Wasted: the Story of Food Waste,” and hosting a panel discussion, the town can begin taking steps toward tackling waste produced at the GHS cafeteria, and toward interesting students in being more conservation-minded.
STAMFORD — Westhill throws out trash cans full of organic waste each day that will inevitably end up in landfills.
Composting is a quick solution that will not only reduce the quantity of waste, but also give back to the environment by producing nutrient-rich soil that is ideal for plant growth.
NFL’s super challenge: Recycling food wrappers and beer cups from 60,000 fans
They have, finally, found a home for the purses.
Whether it was a Fendi shoulder sling or a Trader Joes tote, the thousands of bags that Vikings fans have relinquished at US Bank Stadium security gates during the last two years wound up in a landfill or incinerator.
But in the drive to score what the NFL and stadium officials hope will be the first zero-waste Super Bowl and launch the first zero-waste football stadium those fans can now donate their bags to the womens nonprofit Dress for Success.
Compost is a hot topic. If you have been reading the latest gardening articles or watching your favorite TV gardening show, you probably have noticed the popularity of this topic.
Most gardeners agree that compost is good for the garden. By why is it good? And how should it be applied.
Compost is what is left of organic matter after microbes have thoroughly decomposed it.
Wondering what to do with the dead tree standing in your living room?
Don’t just trash it: Drop it off for free with Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling.
From now through Jan. 31, bare Christmas trees can be dropped off at the Teton County Fairgrounds (look for the big pile of trees) or at the Trash Transfer Station south of Jackson for no charge.
Instead of making the long, expensive trip to the landfill in Bonneville County, Idaho, the trees will be used as fuel in Teton County.
Iowa county to consider composting food waste
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa county plans to explore options for keeping food waste out of the landfill, a category that amounts for about 20 percent of residential trash.
Waste Commission Director Kathy Morris said she will ask Scott County to consider collecting food waste for composting, rather than sending it to the landfill.
Climbing compost volumes tests waste system limits
A growing mountain of food waste from Twin Cities businesses and households is straining the capacity of local compost sites a new problem for an industry that has boomed almost overnight.
Madison’s curbside composting program limps along amid lack of funding, contamination
When Madison started a municipal composting program in 2011, the city was viewed as part of the vanguard of an emerging nationwide movement. Six years later, the program has barely doubled the number of participants and remains one of about 200 cities that collect food waste curbside.
Moreover, residents continue to put non-compostable items into the stream, prompting processors to leave the program. As the city looks for its fifth processor, compostable waste is now ending up in the landfill.
Q: I have two straw bales left over from Halloween. Can I spread them over my vegetable garden for mulch?
A: I would not do that. They very likely are filled with weed seeds, especially the tenacious witch grass, and will gift you with a whole new crop of weeds. It is better to compost them first, in a nice, hot compost bin, to kill the weed seeds.
HUNTINGTON — The husband-and-wife team of Chasten and Jaye Toler of Huntington are local gardeners and recyclers who were recently awarded the 2017 Bedrock Grant of $10,000 for their proposal to create an organic food waste hauling program that will turn food waste and yard scraps into nutrient-rich topsoil.
Grand Teton park’s food waste program deemed successful
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The pilot program that Grand Teton National Park started to curb food waste has been deemed successful after its first season.
The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that from May through October, 73.3 tons of food waste was diverted from landfills to a composting facility in West Yellowstone, Montana.
A pilot program that aimed to curb the food waste that makes up 40 percent of Grand Teton National Park’s total waste was deemed successful after its first season.
From May through October, 73.3 tons of food waste was diverted from the landfill to a composting facility in West Yellowstone, Montana. The work was a partnership between nine entities including Teton park, Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling and park concessionaires.
Q: I am new to gardening and have read some conflicting information about composting materials. I have some raised beds for vegetables and some regular flower beds, too. What can I put in them to cover and feed the soil? My composter is a barrel that turns with a crank, and I know I can use this, too, but so far, it hasn't made any compost. The kitchen waste I put in it is smelly, but it's not breaking down much. What can I do in the winter, with my kitchen waste?
Neighbors raise a stink over plan to expand composting operation near Ashland tourism spot
ASHLAND, Neb. — Controversy is swirling over a composting operation near the tourism attractions at the Interstate 80 interchange that leads to Mahoney State Park.
Some area residents, and the owners of the Quarry Oaks Golf Club, say allowing Soil Dynamics to significantly increase the amount of yard and food waste it composts raises the possibility of foul odors in an area known for attracting tourists, not refuse from lawns and Omaha restaurants.
Candlewood Lake Authority reminds residents around the lake to rake and blow their leaves away from the lake.
Leaves that enter the water will decompose and become a source of excessive nutrients that could increase the likelihood of future algae blooms. Adding additional leaves to the lake will also accelerate the natural "filling in" process of a lake and deplete the lake of necessary oxygen as they decompose, according to a news release from the authority.
Biofilm bags not the cause of Madison’s compost problem, but use still discouraged
When the city asked participants in Madison’s organic waste pilot program in June to stop using compostable bags, the problem appeared to be that the thin “biofilm” bags often used to contain the waste weren’t breaking down as they should have.
It turns out the problem wasn’t the bags, but what people were putting in them.
REDDING—The Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority will host a composting workshop at Town Hall next Wednesday, Nov. 1.
The backyard composting workshop, to begin at 7 p.m., will teach residents which composting bin to use, where to put it and what to put in the bin. It will also explain harvesting compost and management of backyard compost bins.
Discounted SoilSaver composters, which usually sell for $100, will be available for $40.