ISSUE #17  |  May 6, 2020
Economic Benefits

How Much Do
Organics Recycling Businesses Contribute To Australia’s Economy?
How Much Do
Organics Recycling Businesses Contribute To Australia’s Economy?
A new economic benefits analysis of the organics recycling industry in Australia, The Economic Contribution of the Australian Organics Recycling Industry (March 2020), identified 305 businesses operating in the sector that recycled and processed 7.5 million metric tons (8.3 million tons) of organic material in 2018-19 with collective industry turnover of over $2 billion (includes revenue, investment, and expenditures). These enterprises created 4,845 jobs, paying over $366 million in wages and salaries.
Composting Is Path Forward In Post Corona World
By Jeremy Brosowsky 

Three years ago today, on a drizzly Saturday morning on Earth Day 2017, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser put a ceremonial shovel in the ground at Eastern Market, less than a mile from the U.S. Capitol, and ushered in a new era for sustainability in Washington, D.C. I stood off to the side, smiling at progress.

My sustainability-as-a-service company, Agricity, designed and launched the farmers market composting program that kicked off that day. We’d been working on urban agriculture and organics recycling a lot longer: Compost Cab, our pioneering community composting service, launched back in 2010. The smile that crept across my face that morning three years ago was the kind of smile you only get to smile when years of hard work pays off and the world starts to come around to your way of thinking. The District of Columbia was committing to a free, citywide composting program — and we got to run it!

In the three years between Earth Day 2017 and Earth Day 2020, we welcomed more than 183,000 visitors to our tents through the city’s farmers market drop-off program, and composted more than 1.1 million pounds of food scraps. Let that sink in for a second. With no incentive other than that it’s the right thing to do, thousands of households across our nation’s capital have made a habit of taking their food scraps to market for composting each week. Thousands more have proven willing — eager! — to pay for the convenience of weekly home collection. Others do the work themselves and compost at home. Could we all throw those scraps in the trash at home for free? Sure — but we don’t.

What’s Cooking?

It seems as though people have started cooking. Not only is toilet paper in short supply in the supermarket, the baking aisle has a gaping hole where the flour is supposed to be.   In this time of “Stay Home, Stay Healthy,” I’ve gotten more than one request for recipe sharing in my inbox. I have not been a good team player — though feel free to email me if you want a great recipe for Jamaican beef patties. Instead I’m going to share a different kind of recipe. One geared for those who are more comfortable “cooking” on a front-end loader than in front of the stove.

Long before “social distancing” was even a term, the City of San Francisco decided to upgrade the biosolids stabilization technology at one of its wastewater treatment plants. Instead of traditional anaerobic digestion to produce a Class B biosolids material, the city followed the lead of DC Water and opted for Advanced Thermal Hydrolysis prior to anaerobic digestion. This technology uses a combination of heat and pressure to treat the material coming from primary settling and secondary aeration before it goes into anaerobic digestion.

The process accomplishes two things: it gets hot enough to reach pasteurization, and it increases the digestability of the material so that more methane can be produced in the digesters. It also results in a lower quantity of Class A biosolids coming out the end of the process — something I lamented years back. However, what does come out is pathogen free. It is high in nitrogen, pretty high in water and not something you would want to put directly on your rose bush. Here appearance is the problem, not safety.

Natural Gas Utility Announces
New Source Of RNG

FortisBC, a natural gas utility in British Columbia (BC), has a “30BY30” target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030. Its plan, which will help the province of BC meet its climate action goals, includes supporting the growth of renewable natural gas (RNG) typically made from capturing the methane released from decomposing organic waste.

California’s SB 1383 Compost And Mulch Procurement Factsheets

The regulations for California Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383), the Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Reduction Act, are in the final public comment period, which closes May 20. Next, CalRecycle will resubmit the rulemaking package to the state's Office of Administrative Law for review before it can go into effect. Implementation and enforcement of SB 1383 fall under the purview of CalRecycle. 

Market Opportunities For Biosolids

A new study, “North American Biosolids Management Market, Forecast to 2024,” examines growth opportunities for biosolids products. Conducted by the market research firm Frost & Sullivan, growth across biosolids outlets and equipment is expected to drive revenues in the total market from $2.31 billion in 2018 to $2.72 billion in 2024.

Financing Composting Infrastructure

By Nora Goldstein

On December 10, 2019, Atlas Organics, Inc., an organics hauler and composter based in Spartanburg, South Carolina, announced it received $21.4 million in project development capital from Spring Lane Capital (SLC). 

Letter To The BioCycle Community: COVID-19
And Organics Recycling
By Sally Brown
Being terrified of COVID-19 is not irrational. But being terrified does not mean that your everyday life has to turn into you and Netflix in the closet. The terror has to somehow make peace with everyday lives and routines. 
Founding Publisher
Jerome Goldstein

Nora Goldstein

Rill Ann Goldstein Miller

Associate Publisher
Ina Pincus

Senior Editor
Craig Coker
Senior Adviser
Sally Brown, University Of Washington

Contributing Editors
Ana Carvalho, Peter Gorrie,
Michael H. Levin, Robert Spencer

Advertising Director
Teri Sorg-McManamon

Art Director
Doug Pinkerton

Administrative Assistant
Celeste Madtes

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