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ISSUE #4  |  January 29, 2020
THE ORGANICS RECYCLING AUTHORITY
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IN THIS ISSUE
Feature: Microhaulers. Macro-impact.
BioCycle Q&A:
Deploying Capital To Help Organics Recyclers Scale
BioCycle Briefs:
BioCycle World, Composting Roundup, Anaerobic Digest
2020 PFAS Update:
Treatment Of
PFAS-Contaminated Composting Site Runoff
Microhaulers. Macro-impact.
New York City’s new Commercial Waste Zone Law
has carve-out for small-scale organics collection.
Microhauling can be broadly defined as the small-scale collection of materials by bikes, e-trikes (electric cargo tricycles), or low emission vehicles. In New York City (NYC), microhauling of organics serves smaller food waste generators that don’t have enough volume to warrant a conventional waste truck to service them. It is employed to collect organic material for local processing and devolumizing, consolidate for use in anaerobic digestion processes to produce energy, and/or be sent to larger composting facilities.
 
Deploying Capital To Help Organics Recyclers Scale
BioCycle first learned about Boston-based Spring Lane Capital when it committed $21.4 million in capital to Atlas Organics, Inc., a composting facility developer, for equity in future solid waste diversion projects and corporate support. Spring Lane Capital (SLC) is a private equity firm focused on “catalytic project capital investments for smaller scale distributed solutions in the energy, water, food and waste industries.”

“We identified a gap in the financing market where early stage companies have established commercially proven solutions using venture funding, and hit the point where they need to raise project capital to fund infrastructure and equipment,” Nikhil Garg, Co-Founder and General Partner at SLC told BioCycle. “This isn’t a stage that traditional venture investors are well-suited to fund, as the asset-intensive needs aren’t a good fit for their mandate.” SLC provides investments in the $10 million to $25 million range.
 
 
BIOCYCLE BRIEFS
BIOCYCLE WORLD
School Food
Recovery Act

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) introduced the bipartisan School Food Recovery Act (H.R. 5607) on Jan. 16, along with Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.). The bill will create a new grant program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to support schools working on food waste reduction projects. 

COMPOSTING ROUNDUP
New Composting Facility At Ohio Correctional Institution
London Correctional Institution (LoCI) in London, Ohio partnered with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the North Central Ohio Solid Waste Management District (NCO-SWMD), and GoZero to create a Class II Composting Facility licensed to accept food, yard, agricultural, and animal waste.
ANAEROBIC DIGEST
RNG Market Analysis
The biogas market has made tremendous strides in development since the early 2000s, according to a new report, Renewable Natural Gas, from Navigant Research that cites a variety of applications such as electricity generation, heating, and transport. “As decarbonization and sustainability continue to be pressing issues for the global economy, biogas and renewable natural gas (RNG) offer solutions that are vital to these efforts,” notes Navigant.
 
2020 PFAS UPDATE SERIES, PART II


Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large group of compounds used in nonstick coatings, textiles, paper products, some firefighting foams, and many other products. Some of the perfluoroalkyl acids, such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), are mobile, persistent, and bioaccumulative. Both PFOA and PFOS are known to bioaccumulate in the body of people of all ages, even before birth. Once ingested or inhaled, PFOA and PFOS accumulate in the blood serum for extended periods of time, as PFOA and PFOS have half-lives of 2.3 years and 8 years, respectively (NRDC, 2018). Both chemicals are proven carcinogens.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Join us in Sacramento, California for a new BioCycle in person experience
• Outstanding faculty of over 70 speakers
• 12 Facilitated Deeper Dive Discussions 
• Exhibit Ballroom with more than 35 companies
• All Day Site Tours including Jepson Prairie Organics and Yolo Food Bank
• Compost Use Workshop at UC Davis

Learn • Network • Strategize

BIOCYCLE CONNECT WEST 2020 is where you'll learn best practices related to source separated organics collection, processing, end market development, stakeholder engagement, financing, ordinances and incentives, RFPs, collection contracts, and much more.

 
BIOCYCLE REFOR20
20th Annual BioCycle Conference On Renewable Energy
From Organics Recycling
Raleigh, North Carolina
October 19, 20, 21, 22, 2020
THE ORGANICS RECYCLING AUTHORITY
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Nora Goldstein

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Rill Ann Goldstein Miller

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Sally Brown, University Of Washington

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

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