Project Oscar

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by

Project Oscar is Boston’s 24-hour community compost pilot program. Named after the Sesame Street character, Project Oscar compost bins give communities a place to drop-off residential food scraps for composting. Our bins are emptied by the Public Works team, and managed by Greenovate Boston. This partnership project is a pilot program, so we appreciate feedback about […]

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Federal Street School Composting Starts with a Bang

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by

By TOM RELIHAN Recorder Staff Friday, November 18, 2016 GREENFIELD – Federal Street School fourth-grader Jayden Tyler tugged a pair of blue latex gloves on as he peered into a bright yellow bin in the cafeteria. Behind him, students munch happily on spaghetti and meatballs. For some, whose eyes may have been bigger than their […]

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Composting is Grounds for Change on Alaska Flights

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by

Alaska Airlines serves up 37,000 cups of coffee a day on its more than 900 daily flights, brewed using more than 250,000 pounds of Starbucks coffee each year. Ensuring that those grounds go back into the earth and not into the trash is the goal of a new composting effort at Alaska Airlines. Gardeners know […]

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From Curb to Compost… Striving for Zero Waste

Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2016 by

Did you know, on average, Americans throw away 250 million tons of garbage annually? According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Urban Sustainability Project report from 2014, aimed at identifying effective urban sustainability initiatives, 183 communities in 18 different cities are now running a curb to compost program. These programs are aimed to increase recycling […]

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Compost Crusader

Posted on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 by

One waitress wants to 86 food waste. Twice a week, Melissa Tashjian, 35, serves grub at a local pizza joint in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The rest of her time is devoted to her budding business, Compost Crusader, which helps turn food scraps and organic waste into nutrient-rich soil. “I’ve been in the restaurant industry since I […]

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California Compost Coalition Newsletter – May 2016 – International Compost Awareness Week

Posted on Monday, May 9th, 2016 by

From the onset of 2015, great progress for the spread of compost use was expected during International Year of Soils, and there have been few disappointments over that timeframe. While a wide variety of policy drivers (along with some costly policy barriers) have been implemented or been under development during the last year, the last […]

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U.S. 2030FLW Reduction Goal: A Call to Action by Stakeholders

Posted on Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 by

On September 16, 2015, USDA and EPA announced the first national goal to reduce food loss and waste by 50 percent by the year 2030. As one of the first steps, the federal government supported the 2015 Food Recovery Summit in Charleston, SC. This national meeting brought together a diverse group of stakeholders representing different […]

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Berkeley Lab and Department of Energy

Posted on Thursday, February 18th, 2016 by

Both the Berkeley Lab and the Department of Energy are committed to bringing science solutions to the reduction of atmospheric CO2 and sequestration of carbon.  My lab (Andersen) is involved in examining the often-overlooked interplay between microbes that can increase the efficiency of the composting process and provide sustainable conditions for favorable plant growth.  We […]

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Compostable Containers; reducing the volume of plastic in our waste streams

Posted on Monday, December 21st, 2015 by

With the levels of plastic in our waste streams rising every year, it is essential to explore ways to reduce and redirect the amount of plastic waste we are funneling into landfills.”Thirty-one million tons of plastic arrive at municipal solid waste facilities in the US each year, and only about 8% of that plastic is […]

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Find Your Nearest Worm Supplier

Posted on Saturday, November 28th, 2015 by

If you’re embracing the zero waste urban lifestyle, we bet you know where the closest local & sustainable coffee shop is to your urban home. But zero waste doesn’t only apply to compostable coffee cups; you should also know where your local worm supplier is too! Check out the link below to locate your closest worm […]

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