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ISSUE #3  |  January 23, 2020
THE ORGANICS RECYCLING AUTHORITY
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IN THIS ISSUE
Compost + Rainwater Infiltration
It’s all about increasing soil pore space.
There are certain things we BioCyclers know — know in the way that you can recite without thinking. Statements like: Compost helps water infiltrate soils. We can all parrot this. Some of us can even go into detail of why and how this happens (see box). But having these feel good sayings without quantitative information to back them up doesn’t always help to move the product. To a city engineer, these feel good statements can make you sound like a new age guru pushing a dietary supplement rather than a knowledgeable resource with alternative solutions. So how about we use some recent data to put that feel good statement into a real world perspective?
 
FEATURE
Managing PFAS Chemicals
In Composting And
Anaerobic Digestion

A lot of media attention is currently given to the issue of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The issues for composting and anaerobic digestion facilities are the presence of PFAS in finished compost or digestate products (Beecher and Brown, 2018, Parts I and II), and the presence of PFAS in facility storm water runoff. Composting or digestion facilities that take in biosolids, industrial residuals, and food scraps containing grease-resistant food packaging are receptors of PFAS chemicals.

What Are PFAS?
PFAS are a large group of compounds used in nonstick coatings, textiles, paper products, some firefighting foams, and many other products. These compounds have many manufacturing and product applications because they repel oil and water, resist temperature extremes, and reduce friction. PFAS include compounds that vary in molecular weight and can have multiple structures and functional groups. Over the years, manufacturing and use of these compounds has resulted in their presence in the environment. The scientific community is rapidly recognizing the environmental and health effects of PFAS.

 
 
 
BIOCYCLE WORLD

Mandatory Food Waste Ordinance Adoption

In July 2018, the Metro Council — the regional governing body in the Portland, Oregon Metro region (Metro) — adopted a new policy requiring the largest food service businesses to separate their food scraps from other garbage starting in 2020; smaller food service businesses will be phased into the policy over the following three years.

COMPOSTING ROUNDUP
CompostNow Raises
$2 Million Rolling Out Residential Collection
In Wisconsin
CompostNow, a composting services company started in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2011, closed a $2 million Series Seed, its third round of funding for the company. A “seed round” refers to a series of related investments in which 15 or fewer investors “seed” a new company with anywhere from $50,000 to $2 million.
EQUIPMENT NEWS

Agitated Bay Biosolids Facility Back On Line

The City of Bennington, Vermont built an agitated bay facility in 1992 to compost biosolids with yard trimmings. The 4-bay Bennington Compost Facility, co-located at the City’s Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP), utilizes equipment supplied by BDP Industries (BDP).  By 2010, the City’s biosolids production had decreased to the point where only 2 of the 4 bays were being utilized.  The City determined hauling its biosolids to a nearby composting facility was more economic and made the decision to mothball their facility. 

 
Biogas Tax Credits Resurrected
On December 20, as part of the “Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020,” Congress passed and the President signed the “Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019.” That concluded the most suspenseful struggle in recent memory to extend federal tax credits for anaerobic digestion (AD) and other renewable energy facilities.

For nearly a year, participants and observers were whipsawed by shifts over whether or how expired and expiring renewables credits might be extended. Arrayed on one side were (e.g.) conservative budget hawks and Administration-allied fossil fuel supporters who saw their “best shot to terminate these temporary tax credits,” many of which had expired for an unprecedented two years. On the other side were solar, wind and biomass sectors plus Paris Climate Accord advocates, asserting that without extenders huge numbers of “good jobs” and greenhouse gas reductions would be foregone. It seemed anyone’s guess what tax credit provisions might squeak through impeachment proceedings, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement debate, a possible government shutdown, and an oncoming Presidential election.
Building Best-In-Class Organics Recycling Programs
Local Policies • Food Waste Collection • Processing Infrastructure • Markets
MARCH 30–APRIL 2, 2020 • SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA

Join us in Sacramento, California for a new BioCycle in person experience
• Outstanding faculty of over 70 speakers
• 12 Facilitated Deeper Dive Discussions 
• Exhibit Hall 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
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