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Indonesia's poor swap garbage for health care ("why didn't i think of this earlier; great exchange")

A new group of clinics on Indonesia's main island of Java are treating patients for free in exchange for rubbish, an innovative approach to broadening access to healthcare for the poorest as...

Via Bert Guevara
Eleen Murphy's insight:

A great example of the many ways we can use "waste" when it is given value and treated as a resource.

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, June 16, 10:58 AM

As long as waste has value, it can be used in so many ways like this. Although health centers are free in the Philippines, medicine is not.

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Samoan hotel food waste recycled for organic compost | Pacific Beat

Food waste from hotels in Samoa is being recycled to produce compost for organic farms.
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"The pilot program completes the circle of food from the farms to hotel tables and then returning waste as compost to the farms."

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Study finds tremendous energy potential from municipal waste

Study finds tremendous energy potential from municipal waste | Compostory.org | Scoop.it
Landfilled waste could provide 12 percent of U.S. power needs, according to Columbia University report.
Eleen Murphy's insight:

Find the study here.


Worrying that in this article there is such a strong focus on waste-to-energy - of plastics especially. This may keep materials out of landfills and produce energy, but does not represent true sustainability.


Waste to energy facilities may not always be the most suitable place for materials to go. Organic waste, for example, would serve us much better if it was composted and the valuable nutrients returned to the soil. Too strong a focus on energy production could lead to unsustainable policy and practices - it is not always the best solution.

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Recycling hub to open at UK port.

Recycling hub to open at UK port. | Compostory.org | Scoop.it
SITA UK and Forth Ports Ltd. sign deal to build a recycling and resource management hub.
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"SITA UK, a subsidiary of France-based Suez Environnement, has signed a partnership agreement withForth Ports Limited, a large U.K.-based port group. The partnership will be charged with creating a major recycling and resource management hub based at the Port of Tilbury on the River Thames in the U.K."

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Your bottled water comes from the most drought-ridden places in the country

Your bottled water comes from the most drought-ridden places in the country | Compostory.org | Scoop.it
Popular brands like Aquafina and Dasani source mainly from catastrophically dry parts of the West.
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Another reason to go for tap water instead.

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Compost City: Vancouver to Ban All Food From Trash | Inside ...

Compost City: Vancouver to Ban All Food From Trash | Inside ... | Compostory.org | Scoop.it
Vancouver's trash is about to get a little greener. City council has just approved a new composting policy that changes the way the city's condo dwellers throw out their trash, as reported by the Vancouver Sun.
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The movement is building... Well done Vancouver!

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NYC: Reaching True Sustainability With Community Composting

NYC: Reaching True Sustainability With Community Composting | Compostory.org | Scoop.it
Episode 21: Focusing on community composting in New York City with David Buckel, exploring how it can educate the public about sustainability, how it fits into a larger organics recycling system, and the challenges and opportunities composters face.
Eleen Murphy's insight:

The new season of The Organic Stream is out! In this episode, we take a detailed look at the growing community composting movement in New York City with David Buckel of Added Value Red Hook Community Farms in Brooklyn. He tells us about the integral role community composting plays in the city, calling on policy makers to commit to a sustainable vision that includes community composting and ensure against the dangers of friction between community composting and curbside collection schemes.


Thank you to ORBIS for making this episode possible.

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DC to require residents to compost

DC to require residents to compost | Compostory.org | Scoop.it
In 2009, San Francisco became the first big city in the U.S. to require all residents to compost, now D.C. wants in.
Eleen Murphy's insight:

More great news for North America!


Some citizens have concerns about having to separate organics, and are unhappy about fines for failure to comply - this will always be the case when introducing a new system, and must be met with plenty of education and outreach.

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Reducing Postharvest Loss on the Ground: Interview with Noel Valentin Mulinda

Reducing Postharvest Loss on the Ground: Interview with Noel Valentin Mulinda | Compostory.org | Scoop.it
“The most powerful postharvest tool is knowledge,” says Noel Valentin Mulinda, a recent graduate from the Postharvest Education Foundation’s e-learning program.
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A huge percentage (between 30-80%) of food waste around the globe can be attributed to post-harvest loss. Finding solutions will cut down on food waste exponentially, and will benefit farmers.

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State of Composting in the US: by ISLR, BioCycle, and Experts ...

State of Composting in the US: by ISLR, BioCycle, and Experts ... | Compostory.org | Scoop.it
A project that combines thought leaders Brenda Platt (Institute for Local Self-Reliance), Nora Goldstein (BioCycle), Craig Coker (Coker Composting & Consulting) and Sally Brown (University of Washington), the reports profile ...
Eleen Murphy's insight:

Important reads, linking soil health to compost.


Links in the page include sneak peeks to the two new reports:


State of Composting in the US: What, Why, Where & How 

and

Growing Local Fertility: A Guide to Community Composting 


More coverage on the project here.

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UK Waste & Resources Industry writes to government over waste infrastructure ‘gap’

UK Waste & Resources Industry writes to government over waste infrastructure ‘gap’ | Compostory.org | Scoop.it

"An industry group comprising members of the waste and resources industry – predominantly those that operate waste treatment facilities – has written to government highlighting the need for investment in waste treatment infrastructure in the UK."

Eleen Murphy's insight:

"However, critics, including anti-incineration campaigners UK Without Incineration (UK WIN), have argued that the GIB report seems to ‘seriously underestimate’ the capacity that currently exists/is under construction, whilst ‘significantly overestimating the quantities of residual waste that would require treatment’. Environmental consultancy Eunomia has also recently published evidence showing that the UK could soon have treatment 'overcapacity.’"

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Four US Towns Work on Waste ; Recycling Mandate Spurs Area Solution - Waste Management World

"The unusual gathering of almost 60 S electboard and City Council members, municipal administrators, landfill operators and representatives from solid waste committees, among other attendees, was called to discuss the findings of a long-awaited study by Ascutney-based DSM Environmental Services, which looked at ways to manage solid waste issues cooperatively."

Eleen Murphy's insight:

""For the region, the key question is how to handle our landfills, both the current one in Lebanon and the future site in Hartland," Wooster said in an email on Wednesday. "It's like health care, where we pay when we get sick instead of paying to stay healthy. We need to change the financial incentives so that we use as little landfill space as possible, but that's a regional issue because, right now, Lebanon uses landfill fees to help fund the city operations.""


A worrying amount of support for landfilling here, due to a tricky economic situation.

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World Council of Churches pulls fossil fuel investments

World Council of Churches pulls fossil fuel investments | Compostory.org | Scoop.it
Campaigners hail 'major victory' as council representing half a billion Christians says it will stop investing in fossil fuels
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No info on the value of the investments, but this is still very good news.

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SDSN Launches Deep Decarbonization Pathways Report

SDSN Launches Deep Decarbonization Pathways Report | Compostory.org | Scoop.it
The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) presented its interim report on the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The report, ‘Pathways to Deep Decarbonization,' illustrates options for how major emitting countries can decrease their carbon emissions to achieve a low-carbon economy by 2050.
Eleen Murphy's insight:

The DDPP, just recently released, demonstrates various different strategies that can be implemented to form a long-term solution for decreasing carbon emissions.


There is no one-size-fits-all approach: the various strategies - or pathways - outlined are individually tailored to the world's 15 main economies. All pathways, however, are based around 3 common pillars:

"energy efficiency and energy conservation in all energy end-use sectors; decarbonization of electricity, including through renewable energy sources and carbon capture and sequestration; and replacing fossil fuels in heating, industrial and transport processes with a mix of low-carbon electricity, hydrogen and sustainable biofuels."


While these pillars focus mainly on energy, we at Compostory believe that soil health should be part of the focus on lowering carbon emissions. As we state in Lesson 1 of our free online course: the top meter of soil alone stores around 2,200 billion tons of carbon, which is three times the level currently held in the atmosphere.  When that soil degrades the carbon it contains is released. The carbon released into the atmosphere increases greenhouse gases concentrations , warming our climate system.

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Call for Food Revolution Based on Soil Health

Call for Food Revolution Based on Soil Health | Compostory.org | Scoop.it

"Australia needs a nationwide effort to raise soil fertility, guarantee food security and a healthy diet – and lock up carbon.


The call comes from the Australian Soil Consortium (ASC), a group of leading farmers, agribusiness companies and scientists who are concerned for the future of one of the nation’s most valuable assets."

Eleen Murphy's insight:

Good stats here: “Improving our soil productivity could increase farm yields by 10-15%, adding around $5 billion a year to the nation’s bottom line,” says South Australian wheat farmer and ASC chair, David Shannon."


Check out our interview with Australian Advocate for Soil Health Major General Jeffery and composter Rhonda Daly for more on the topic of food and soil health in Australia.

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Construction underway on Missouri anaerobic digestion project

Construction underway on Missouri anaerobic digestion project | Compostory.org | Scoop.it
Construction is underway in Missouri on an innovative $80 million renewable energy project, developed and constructed by Roeslein Alternative Energy LLC in collaboration with Murphy-Brown of Missouri LLC, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods Inc.
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AD on the rise in America.

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‘Change needed’ or England will miss 2020 recycling target

‘Change needed’ or England will miss 2020 recycling target | Compostory.org | Scoop.it

"England will likely miss meeting the EU’s 50 per cent recycling target by 2020 unless changes are made, Dr Liz Goodwin, the Chief Executive Officer of the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), has warned."

Eleen Murphy's insight:

"Although Goodwin acknowledges that this call to arms comes at a time when local authorities and central government are ’under extreme budgetary pressure’, she argues providing recycling services in ‘the right way’ can offset collection costs and reduce landfill tax bills, and that it is important to ‘recognise the increasing role that recycled materials play in the economy’."


We agree and would add that resource recovery holds great potential for creating local jobs for communities - another very important benefit.

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#BrownBin: The de Blasio Family on Food and Waste Recycling - YouTube

http://www.nyc.gov/organics
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The Mayor of NYC and his family demonstrate how they use their brown compost bin in this new ad.


An example of good outreach strategy. This video is launched with the Twitter hashtag #BrownBin to spread the word around the city.


Stay tuned for the next episode of The Organic Stream in which we speak with a member of the DSNY about this new curbside collection program in New York!

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Is Green Investing Dead?

Is Green Investing Dead? | Compostory.org | Scoop.it
Human wellbeing depends upon earth's natural systems for our food, fuel, clean freshwater, protection from storms, shelter, and yet our current economic system does not effectively value nature -- either at all, or certainly at the level it is due....
Eleen Murphy's insight:

Interesting article by Aimee Christensen about green investing in North America.


"Perhaps the business case for green can be made best by those who are in business: corporations large and small are saving money through energy-efficiency investments that pay back in as little as a few months, are innovating new planet-restoring business lines with strong profits, and are buying renewable energy to save money."

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‘World First’ Norwegian Recycling & Biogas Facility Wins Innovation Award

‘World First’ Norwegian Recycling & Biogas Facility Wins Innovation Award | Compostory.org | Scoop.it

German recycling equipment manufacturer, Stadler, has won an award from the German-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce Business Award for its design and manufacture of a fully automated Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) recycling and anaerobic digestion biogas facility in Norway.

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Auburn's irregular pickup means fewer are recycling

Auburn's irregular pickup means fewer are recycling | Compostory.org | Scoop.it
AUBURN — Before Auburn residents put out their recyclables, many check the calendar to see if it's the right week. After discovering it's not, some haul their bottles, cardboard, plastics and paper back inside. Others skip recycling and throw it all out. The irregular r...
Eleen Murphy's insight:

A great shame. The local council states that they made the tough decision to cut back for budgetary reasons, more support and a commitment to recycling goals must be part of the solution.

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Seattle Considers Fining Residents For Failing To Compost - KUOW News and Information

Seattle Considers Fining Residents For Failing To Compost - KUOW News and Information | Compostory.org | Scoop.it
Seattle Considers Fining Residents For Failing To Compost
KUOW News and Information
Under Seattle's current curbside composting program, residents can put food scraps and compostable paper such as paper towels and pizza boxes in a curbside bin.
Eleen Murphy's insight:

A great move by Seattle! A mandate and fines for non-compliance will certainly bring results, especially with polls suggesting 75% of residents are in favour.


Find more information about legislative strategies for building a successful organics recovery 'ecosystem' with the upcoming Lesson 5 of our course.

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A Mission to Separate Organic Waste in New York City Trash

A Mission to Separate Organic Waste in New York City Trash | Compostory.org | Scoop.it
Haley Rogers and Lisa Brunie-McDermott, sanitation workers, are on a mission to transform the way New Yorkers deal with food waste.

Via Joan Marc Simon
Eleen Murphy's insight:

Things are getting serious in New York.


Want to know what setting up a similar scheme would entail? Take our free online course to learn all about it.

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Joan Marc Simon's curator insight, July 21, 1:02 AM

New York City joins Milan and Ljubljana in the commitment to collect organic waste in densely populated city centres.

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If You're Eating Fish, You're Eating Plastic.

If You're Eating Fish, You're Eating Plastic. | Compostory.org | Scoop.it
If you needed a reason for your family to become vegetarian, I suggest that you take this latest staggering ocean discovery to heart and make the switch now....
Eleen Murphy's insight:

Another important reason to give up plastic this July.


Have a look at what the world is saying about plastic bags here!

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Houston Faces Opposition to One Bin Trash Plan

Houston Faces Opposition to One Bin Trash Plan | Compostory.org | Scoop.it

"Houston’s One Bin for All trash plan, touted by the city as the next evolution in recycling, may be facing some opposition by a coalition of groups who do not agree with the program’s proposed environmental value."

Eleen Murphy's insight:

"However, Zero Waste Houston...have come together in opposition to the city’s plan. On July 10 they plan to release a report titled “It’s Smarter to Separate,” at a press conference near Houston City Hall."


Separate collection is key.

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New composting site to be built in Rivieres-des-Prairies - Globalnews.ca

New composting site to be built in Rivieres-des-Prairies - Globalnews.ca | Compostory.org | Scoop.it
New composting site to be built in Rivieres-des-Prairies
Globalnews.ca
MONTREAL – The city of Montreal announced Wednesday, where it would be building the composting site to replace the one in Saint-Michel.
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