planning for organics management

Food system contamination, examining what’s going into anaerobic digestion or composting systems

April 26, 2021

 

When excess food at any stage of the food system can’t be diverted to people in need, the next best option is to feed it to animals. Even with the best systems in place to develop an efficient food system, there will always be some fraction that is not fit for consumption. This material should be recycled and reused to minimize the environmental burden and allow for recovery of part of the resources initially used in its production, processing and transport, creating a more circular food system.

In a circular system, food waste is recycled by treatment to stabilize it, anaerobic digestion and composting are common food waste treatment technologies used to stabilize waste and produce residual materials that can replenish the soil, thus contributing to a circular food system. While a circular system uses resources more efficiently, the approach is not without risk. The authors of this paper investigated heavy metals, halogenated organic compounds, foodborne pathogens and antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) in the food system and their fates during digestion and composting.

While not impossible to mitigate, design, planning, and waste characterization play tremendous roles in sustainable systems.

SCS Engineers and the authors make this paper available online here.

 

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2021 NYS Organics Summit: Growing a Resilient Tomorrow

April 9, 2021

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USCC 2020 Award-Winning Project

 

Virtual Conference on April 15, 2021, recording on YouTube

Addressing a Changing Climate with Organics Management

Recorded at the Virtual Conference on April 15, 2021, this recording is available online.

Moderated by Michelle Gluck of Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County, the panel discusses waste reduction, composting, anaerobic digestion, compost use, carbon sequestration…so many avenues to reduce climate impacts through organics management.

We’ll hear about New York State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, the progress of its waste advisory panel, and from a Climate Smart Community on how they’re planning to manage their organics with greenhouse gas emissions in mind.

Panelists include:

Suzanne Hagell, Climate Policy Analyst, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Molly Trembley, Environmental Engineer, NYSDEC

Greg McCarron, Vice President, SCS Engineers

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am

Sorting it all out at the EREF Organics Summit

July 27, 2017

Thank you to EREF in partnership with the California Refuse and Recycling Council for the opportunity to present at the Organics Summit in Ontario California.

Tracie Onstad Bills discussed how to sort through policy, program, and infrastructure to focus on the tools and concepts most useful in the thoughtful planning and preparation for organics service.

Tracie is the Northern California Director of Sustainable Materials Management at SCS Engineers.

 

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