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ISSUE #2  |  January 15, 2020
THE ORGANICS RECYCLING AUTHORITY
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IN THIS ISSUE
Feature: Financing Composting Infrastructure
Editorial: Does Food Waste = Contamination?
BioCycle Briefs:
BioCycle World, Composting Roundup, Anaerobic Digest
Feature: Paying For PFAS Clean Up
Financing Composting Infrastructure
South Carolina-based Atlas Organics, Inc. has funded its early and growth stages with venture/private equity capital.
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). “This investment gives us dedicated infrastructure capital to design, build, and operate composting facilities for public and private partners to provide much needed organics recycling infrastructure,” explains Joseph McMillin, Chief Executive Officer of Atlas. “The capital commitments are ideal for Atlas as we look to develop and operate small to mid-scale compost manufacturing facilities in multiple geographic areas across North America.”
 
EDITORIAL
Does Food Waste = Contamination?
We are about to go live with the agenda for BIOCYCLE CONNECT WEST 2020, March 30-April 2, 2020 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Sacramento, California. The Conference theme is Building Best-In-Class Organics Recycling Programs. California is a hot bed of program development as a result of state laws mandating organics out of the landfill. AB 1826, which requires commercial generators of food waste and yard trimmings to recycle those materials, went into effect in January 2016, starting with the largest generators and then gradually ratcheting down. The regulations to implement SB 1383, the Short-Lived Climate Pollutants law that includes organic waste streams, are expected to be officially adopted in the next few weeks, following a final review by California’s Office of Administrative Law.
 
 
BIOCYCLE BRIEFS
BIOCYCLE WORLD
Presidential Candidates Weigh In On Soil Health

The Organic Farmers Association (OFA), a national policy organization committed to providing a strong and unified voice for certified organic farmers, and the Iowa Organic Association, hosted a “Presidential Forum on Combating Climate Change with Organic and Regenerative Agriculture” in Story City, Iowa, in December. 

COMPOSTING ROUNDUP
Cafeteria To Composting In Massachusetts Schools
Two elementary schools and a middle school in North Andover, Massachusetts participate in a cafeteria food waste collection program — diverting about 250 lbs/day of food scraps. In 2019, North Andover received a $30,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Sustainable Materials Recovery Program that is being distributed over 3 years.
ANAEROBIC DIGEST
Indiana Dairy Farm Updates Digester System
Prairies Edge Dairy Farms in Fair Oaks, Indiana commissioned a new Two-Stage Linear Vortex™ digester supplied by DVO, Inc., replacing the dairy’s outdated CSTR/complete-mix system and combining its biogas with that generated by the original DVO digester installed in 2008. 
 
NED BEECHER
Paying For PFAS Clean Up
The regulatory race to protect against per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination is taking place at the trace background, parts per trillion level. Ned Beecher, Special Projects Manager at the North East Biosolids & Residuals Association (nebiosolids.org), has spent the bulk of the past several years in the land of PFAS, educating the organics recycling community, regulators, and many others about these complex and pervasive compounds.
UPCOMING EVENTS
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
THE ORGANICS RECYCLING AUTHORITY
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Nora Goldstein

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Ana Carvalho, Peter Gorrie,
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