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A Composter’s Guide to Project Drawdown
Angelina Peone

In 2017, a nonprofit organization of leading scientists and researchers called Project Drawdown published a comprehensive report of key climate solutions and options to achieve ‘drawdown’ – the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing...

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The Essential Connection Between Food Scrap and Compostable Products
Rhodes Yepsen

The Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) only certifies materials, products and packaging associated with the diversion of desirable feedstocks like food scrap and yard trimmings from landfills to composting.

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Member Resource Share: Composting Business Cost Calculator
Shota Austin | FEBRUARY 28, 2020

How much does it cost to make my compost? Do you know if you’re really covering your costs?

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A Newsworthy Facility Fire & How To Avoid One
Grant Williamson | FEBRUARY 20, 2020

“The yard is on fire!” said the person on the other end of my cell phone when I finally picked it up on the fourth call around 10:45 pm.

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Cedar Grove Deploys Innovative System
on Existing Collection Truck to Green its Fleet
Karen Dawson | JANUARY 16, 2020

Cedar Grove, based in Seattle, Washington and a longtime innovator in composting food scraps and yard waste, has also always been at the forefront of innovation around operational technology to ensure it is processing material in the most efficient and environmentally responsible manner, producing the highest quality end product.

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Getting Ahead of the Curve
with Compost Equipment Maintenance
TED DIRKX | JANUARY 02, 2020

It is no secret that equipment maintenance is essential to a composting operation’s overall success. It’s hard to compost when machinery isn’t working, which is why it’s crucial to create a proactive maintenance culture inside your organization. Proactive means taking a “predict-and-prevent” approach instead of a passive “fail-and-fix” view on maintenance.

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Persistent Herbicides and Compost Don’t Mix
DAN GOOSSEN | NOVember 12, 2019

Compost is an amazing tool for breaking down herbicides and all sorts of other problematic chemical compounds. Given the right mix of bacteria, fungi, and the conditions they need to thrive, otherwise dangerous compounds are often rendered inert in a surprisingly short timeframe.

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Taco Time Northwest: Planning (and Partnering) for Compostability
September 27, 2019

It was 2010, in the depths of the last recession, when the news came out that the City of Seattle would be requiring that all food waste in restaurants be composted, and all packaging served in restaurants be either composted or recycled. Sales were down, costs were up, and the bottom line as squeezed as it has ever been.

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Sizing Your Commercial Composting Needs
Ryan Cooper | September 10, 2019

If you head up a business or organization, and you are looking to do your part for the environment, you should look into ways in which you can start composting—or increase your current composting efforts—in order to reduce the amount of food scraps and other organic waste that you’re sending to landfill.

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Minneapolis Residential Organics: Less Than 1% contamination
Kellie Kish | August 26, 2019

A residential organics collection program under 1%--is it possible?

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Compost Facility Operation

Kicking tires isn’t the only way to determine value of your machines.

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Compost Use: Directions for Use

The Good, The Bad, and People Getting Ugly

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Educating Legislators: California’s Tradition for International Compost Awareness Week!

Engaging with legislators and their staff at their Capitol offices is no walk in the park but it is so worth it.

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USCC Response to Oregon Composters
April 24, 2019

USCC Supports the Right of all Composters to Choose what they Accept, the Use of Compostables for Food Waste Recycling, and Development of More Robust Systems to Keep Out and Remove Contamination.

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Compost Safety: Know Your Confined Spaces
Nellie Brown, MS, CIH

According to the OSHA standard (29 CFR 1910.147), a confined space, by design, has limited openings for entry and exit; has unfavorable natural ventilation which could contain or produce dangerous air contaminants; is not intended for continuous employee occupancy; and is large enough and so configured that an employee can enter bodily and perform work. The Standard also includes the hazards of engulfment and entrapment.

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Breweries: Increasing Feedstock—and Opportunity!
Pierce Louis | March 4, 2019

We’ve always said ‘it takes a lot of beer to make good compost’, but these days we’re not only talking about beer for the paid employees, but the microbes too. Brewery feedstocks have increased over the years along with the growth of craft breweries (most recently up 8% and now 23% of the $111.4 billion US beer market*). With that...

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What Zoos Do with Doo
Evelyn (Sale) Rhodes | February 27, 2019

Composting at Woodland Park Zoo, photograph by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren From desert, to forest, to zoo animal species around the world have something in common: they produce manure. An investigation of the manure composting programs adopted by dedicated zoos to manage the substantial organic waste production of their largest residents found that these initiatives go far beyond simply dealing with waste...

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Compostable Packaging – An Exploratory Dialogue on Fluoro-Chemical Risks
Gary Robinson | October 1, 2018

Compostable Packaging - An Exploratory Dialogue on Fluoro-Chemical Risks Gary Robinson, Synaptic Packaging In this post we are exploring packaging components in compost and seeking to expand our understanding of the specific concerns relating to fluro-chemicals and toxicity. Packaging in compost is a very active and exciting topic. Depending on your perspective, you might see this as an innovation opportunity,...

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Rathmann Grant Process: An Unusual Experience for USCC Runners Up!
Linda Norris Waldt | June 19, 2018

A state-of-the-art biosolids composting facility; a student-run compost operation serving a mid-size city; and a massive project using compost to grow potatoes, beans and peas in the sandy soils of the Midwest – all USCC member projects – received honorable mention in the 2017 Rathmann Challenge: Mitigating Climate Change by Expanding the Use of Compost.

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Community Composting: A Key Ingredient to Compost Infrastructure

The USCC sat down with Michael Robinson of Rust Belt Riders in Cleveland, OH, an early leader in the community composting sector and a USCC Bronze member. We discussed the emergence of the movement and business model across the USA in the past decade.

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Are you a USCC member with a topic to propose? Email Linda Norris-Waldt, Communications Director.

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