American Biogas Council

3 new projects show growing interest in generating value from LFG
ABC member Waste Management recently celebrated the opening of a new $14.5 million landfill gas-to-energy project at its Redwood Landfill in Novato, CA. Managed by not-for-profit utility provider MCE, this 3.9 MW facility will produce consistent energy for more than 5,000 households. More>>

Hennepin County Wraps Up ‘Zero Waste Challenge' Pilot Program In 35 Homes
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- ABC member Hennepin County is leading the nation when it comes to what some consider extreme recycling -- it just wrapped up a "Zero Waste Challenge" pilot program for waste management. Thirty-five homes took part in the year long program to drastically reduce waste through recycling, composting and other methods. More>>

Running on fumes
In Massachussetts, only a handful of anaerobic digestion plants have sprung up. The leader is Wellesley's Vanguard Renewables, an ABC member, with three plants built already and a fourth one underway in Haverhill. Vanguard chief John Hanselman says future facilities aren't financially feasible because caps on “net metering” credits -- the way you get reimbursed for sending excess power onto the grid -- have been hit yet again throughout much of the state. More>>

Some Democrats See Tax Overhaul as a Path to Taxing Carbon
With a sweeping overhaul of the tax code on the horizon, two Senate Democrats believe this is the moment to broach the third rail of climate change policy: a carbon tax. More>>

Electricity provider partners with waste company in CA biogas plant
Marin County's nonprofit public electricity provider, MCE, and Waste Management are cutting the ribbon this month on a collaborative clean energy project located at Redwood Landfill in Novato. The new plant, a $4.5 million endeavor, uses the methane gas produced by Marin and Sonoma Counties' waste to power two engines that generate 3.9 megawatts of electricity around the clock, providing enough electricity to serve around 5,000 homes. More>>

Hawaii Gas gets OK for wastewater biogas facility in West Oahu
State regulators have approved Hawaii Gas' plan to capture and process biogas from the Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant in West Oahu. The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission signed off on the contract that the City and County of Honolulu awarded to Hawaii Gas in July 2016. More>>

Revamped Fremont biodigester expected to power 2,500 homes annually
The revamped Fremont Regional Digester is expected to divert 165,000 tons of organic waste and produce enough electricity to power 2,500 annually. Closed in 2015 after an initial opening in 2012, the biodigester is under new ownership and management. San Francisco-based ABC member Generate Capital Inc. bought the plant, and invested "substantially" throughout 2017 to resume operations. More>>

Manure Spreading Could Be Prohibited On Some Wisconsin Soils
A draft rule released in July by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) could limit and even eliminate the spreading of manure on some vulnerable soils in 15 eastern Wisconsin counties. More>>

Puregas Solutions Unveils Guide to RNG
ABC member Puregas Solutions has created a new tool to better understand RNG production and their company's suite of offerings. More>>

3 experts, 3 methods: The debate over food waste processing
We have a handful of processing options for recycling food waste, including anaerobic digestion, composting and incorporation at wastewater treatment facilities -- but which method is the most effective? Not all experts share the same opinions, therefore Waste Dive reached out three industry professionals to hear their arguments for the best food waste processing methods. (Spoiler: we need all of them!) More>>

360 Video on Biogas at a Wastewater Treatment Facility
Across the U.S., energy users of all sizes are taking control of their power supply and relieving stress from the grid. That's the idea behind distributed energy. Atlantic Re:think and Siemens partnered to explore this burgeoning energy revolution in 360degree video. More>>

VT Public Utility Commission approves renewable natural gas program for Vermont Gas customers
Montpelier, VT -- September 6,2017 – Today the Vermont Public Utility Commission ("PUC") approved a Renewable Natural Gas ("RNG") program for ABC member Vermont Gas Systems, Inc. ("VGS"). In its order, the PUC wrote that the RNG program "represents a meaningful first step in encouraging customer interest in purchasing RNG at retaiI, thereby stimulating supply of RNG into the market." It emphasized "the importance of the successful implementation of the RNG program in helping to meet the State's renewable energy policy objectives." More>>

Cape May County (NJ) Creates Biogas-fueled Microgrid
The proposed microgrid in Cape May County would utilize a new Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system fueled by syngas/biogas produced at the county's Municipal Utilities Authority Seven Mile Beach/Middle Wastewater Treatment Facility to generate electrical and thermal energy for numerous critical public facilities in the Crest Haven Complex. More>>

Fuel Blending: Maximizing Benefits for Biogas Operations
As an organic process, biogas production is inherently variable, dependent not only on feedstock, but also on ambient conditions such as temperature. For energy asset owners who want to deliver dependable heat and power in commercial or industrial energy supply applications, this inherent variability potentially represents a significant challenge. One solution for spark ignition reciprocating engines is fuel blending, which effectively supplements and precisely matches the variations in biogas availability with additional natural gas. Maintaining a constant output from the engine, irrespective of variations in biogas availability, ensures consistent energy supply even if biogas production falls to zero. More>>

Cambi Thermal Hydrolysis Process installed at TX wastewater treatment facility
Trinity River Authority of Texas's (TRA's) Phase III-B Solids Management Improvement Project is only the third in the United States to install the Cambi Thermal Hydrolysis Process (CambiTHP) by ABC member Cambi at its wastewater treatment facility. Utilization of this process will enable CRWS to produce higher quality biosolids, capture and treat odors more effectively, and maximize biogas utilization and energy recovery to produce heat, steam and energy. MWHC brings particular expertise in the design, construction, and commissioning and start-up of CambiTHP systems. Out of 50 CambiTHP systems currently installed worldwide, MWH Constructors has provided services on more than 20. More>>

Cambi Thermal Hydrolysis Process installed at TX wastewater treatment facility
Trinity River Authority of Texas's (TRA's) Phase III-B Solids Management Improvement Project is only the third in the United States to install the Cambi Thermal Hydrolysis Process (CambiTHP) by ABC member Cambi at its wastewater treatment facility. Utilization of this process will enable CRWS to produce higher quality biosolids, capture and treat odors more effectively, and maximize biogas utilization and energy recovery to produce heat, steam and energy. MWHC brings particular expertise in the design, construction, and commissioning and start-up of CambiTHP systems. Out of 50 CambiTHP systems currently installed worldwide, MWH Constructors has provided services on more than 20. More>>

Everything but the InSinkErator
Garbage disposals could pave the way for a zero-waste future if we can get over our fear of clogs. What's more, if the city came together and installed garbage disposals in Nelson's and every other New Yorker's apartment, the city could meet its stated goal of zero waste by 2030 and create plenty of renewable energy in the process. Or at least that's the belief of Kendall Christiansen, a stalwart in New York City's vibrant trash management community, ABC member and environmental consultant for another ABC member, InSinkErator. More>>

DMT to supply desulfurization process to California AD facility
ABC Member DMT Clear Gas Solutions recently announced that Calgren Dairy Fuels LLC is going to install DMT's desulfurization technology, Sulfurex BR. The anaerobic digestion (AD) facility is located adjacent to Calgren Renewable Fuels LLC, a 55 MMgy ethanol plant located in Pixley, California. The AD facility provides heat and power to the ethanol plant. More>>

Ibex Investors Llc Acquired Stake in Blue Sphere Corp
ABC member Blue Sphere Corporation is an international independent power producer. The Company focuses on developing or acquiring projects with clean energy technologies, including waste-to-energy facilities that generate clean energy, such as electricity, natural gas, heat, soil amendment and other by-products. More>>

Organic waste recycling expanding in the Bronx, Queens
Bronx and Queens residents will soon have another recycling bin to set out. NYC Organics, the city's food scrap and yard waste recycling program, is expanding to more neighborhoods in the two boroughs, the Department of Sanitation announced this week. More>>

Craig Frear of Regenis discusses the new fine solids separator at Edaleen's
Regenis's Director of Research and Technology adn ABC Director, Craig Frear was on KGMI talk and news radio to discuss the new phosphorous recovery system at Edaleen Dairy in Lynden. This fine solids separation system removes solids in manure wastewater by causing the solids to float to the surface where they can be skimmed off, dewatered, and stored. More>>

Regenis Installs Fine Solids Separation System In Western Washington
Washington State's watersheds scored a win this week as agricultural waste company and ABC member, Regenis, installed the first phosphorous recovery system west of the Cascades at Edaleen Dairy in Lynden. More>>

Today is the last day for you to submit your EPA RFS letter: We wrote it for you
We're not happy that the administration proposed lowering the fuel volumes for biogas in the Renewable Fuel Standard for next year. And they did so while ALSO proposing a change to how they count how much biogas will be produced. They're suggesting using backwards looking data for this forward-looking program. It just doesn't make sense and will slow growth in the biogas industry. If you haven't sent it your own letter to EPA already, send this one right now. The deadline is tomorrow. We already wrote it for you so all you have to do is enter your email and zip code and click send. We have to have our voices heard or the administration will be able to say, "we didn't hear too many complaints from the biogas industry so let's move ahead with the proposal." Don't let that happen. Act now! Click here and choose "Make Your Voice Heard on Biogas" More>>

DMT got awarded desulfurization project Calgren
Calgren Dairy Fuels, LLC is going to desulfurize their biogas using the innovative biogas desulfurization technology, SulfurexBR, from ABC member DMT Clear Gas Solutions. For this project, biogas, which is used to make vehicle fuels from renewable feed stocks, roughly contains about 60-70% of methane, 30-40% carbon dioxide and 3000 ppm H2S. In order to meet California's air emissions standards, the H2S needs to be removed from the biogas. The hydrogen sulfide is removed in a two-step process. First step is a caustic absorption and the second step is a biological regeneration of the caustic liquid. The only by-product is the discharged sulfur slurry is about 5% elemental sulfur which can be used as fertilizer enhancement. More>>

Biogas producers urge EPA to reconsider RFS volume requirements
In a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, executives from the American Biogas Council, the Advanced Biofuels Business Council, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization and the Coalition for Renewable National Gas called on Pruitt to reverse course on a proposal for setting 2018 goals that would, in their estimation, suppress the demand for cellulosic fuels. More>>

Biofuel groups urge EPA to set stronger cellulosic RFS targets
The letter notes that the RFS drove a manufacturing boom across America's heartland over the past decade, during one of the most challenging global recessions in history. In the letter, the biofuel groups stress that advanced and cellulosic biofuels are poised to drive the next manufacturing wave, but the ability to achieve success will depend largely on careful administration of the RFS. More>>

Encina Wastewater Launches Program to Turn Food Waste into Energy
Encina Wastewater Authority and Waste Management in North County announced Monday the launch of a 90-day co-digestion pilot aimed at turning food waste into renewable energy. The technology, known as CORe by ABC member Waste Management, will recycles pre- and post-consumer food wastes into an organic slurry that can be used as a high-quality organic feedstock for co-digestion in municipal anaerobic digesters. More>>

Don't Change Horses in the Middle of the River
[Rebuttal from ABC allied organization: BIO] We were disappointed, but not surprised, to see Mike McAdams and his [Advanced Biofuels Association] members come out in support of changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard in Biofuels Digest. Unfortunately, McAdams' op-ed incorrectly claims that because the first generation of biofuels have come online ahead of second generation biofuels, the RFS is irreparably damaged and needs legislative reforms. This denies all the realities the biofuels industry has dealt with in the last ten years and More>>

Biofuel and Biogas Innovators Unite for Stronger Cellulosic Targets
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In a display of unity, the nation's leading advocates for advanced liquid and gasified biofuels today urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stand by the president's commitment to drive investment in the next generation of homegrown fuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). More>>

Organics to Energy Project at the Water Resource Recovery Facility
Earlier this month, the Montpelier City Council approved a project development agreement with ABC member Energy Systems Group, which outlined a process that may lead the Dog River facility to become not just "net zero energy," but "net negative." A net negative facility would mean that it produced more energy than it consumed. Our wastewater treatment plant could end up generating heating, electricity or fuel for vehicles. More>>

Cambi Process named in $939M San Francisco water plant deal
BDFP will be one of the first projects in the United States to apply the Thermal Hydrolysis Process from ABC member Cambi, a process that will enable the new facilities to produce higher quality biosolids, capture and treat odors more effectively, and maximize biogas utilization and energy recovery to produce heat, steam and energy. The move is one step in San Francisco's Sewer System Improvement Program -- a 20-year, multi-billion-dollar citywide investment to upgrade aging sewer systems. More>>

Regional biogas project advancing
A new biogas production plant based out of northern Missouri continues to make steady progress. It's been slightly more than a year since the first volumes of biogas processed from hog manure were injected into a pipeline. Roeslein Alternative Energy, an ABC member based in St. Louis, built a $120 million anaerobic digestion plant just north of Albany which won one of the ABC's Project of the Year awards in 2016. More>>

House tax chairman confident on reform, others less so
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top tax law writer in the U.S. House of Representatives insisted on Tuesday that tax reform will happen this year, despite concerns among some experts that a tax code overhaul could drag into 2018, or even collapse altogether. . .Expectations for tax reform have fallen off sharply among investors on Wall Street, where many now believe congressional gridlock is more likely than an overhaul. More>>

Welcome new ABC member, Hennepin County Environment & Energy Department!
The Environment and Energy department protects and preserves the environment to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations. The department works with cities, community groups, schools, businesses, trade groups, waste haulers, composters, and others to prevent food waste, rescue still edible food, and recycle organics. The department provides technical assistance, educational materials, training, container labels, and grants to accelerate the start-up of new organics programs, and improve existing ones, throughout the county. Currently, the department is evaluating potential organics recycling requirements for businesses and cities. To address the increased processing capacity need that would be created by the potential organics recycling requirements, the department is investigating the potential development of an anaerobic digestion facility within the county. More>>

Few Vermonters are Utilizing New Organics Bins
The state's recent requirement of having food scraps, grass clipping and other organic waste collection available at transfer stations isn't receiving the participation rates that the state expected. More>>

Farm hopes to begin construction of digester in fall
HAVERHILL -- It is going to decrease the smells emanating from a Bradford farm. It is going to improve the fertilizer needed to grow hay and corn. It will also provide enough energy to light up as many as 600 homes... The farm's owners, the Davidowicz family, are hoping that construction of the digester -- which will be managed by ABC member Vanguard Renewables of Wellesley -- will begin this fall and that it will be up and running next year. More>>

CalRecycle to focus on packaging and organics after another recycling rate dip
Reaching the goal of 75% recycling by 2020 would mean cutting current disposal rates in half. When asked whether this new data meant that goal was no longer attainable, CalRecycle deferred by pointing to packaging and organics diversion as top priorities. "The goals we establish for better sustainability are important and so too are the benefits we see from the pursuit of those goals. CalRecycle remains confident the state's progressive recycling and waste reduction efforts will provide long-term benefits to Californians, our environment, and our economy," said Lance Klug, a public information officer for CalRecycle, via email. More>>

Colorado sets statewide diversion goals for the first time
The state will now strive to hit 28% by 2021, 35% by 2026 and 45% by 2036. The resolution also set different local targets, with lower rates for rural counties and higher targets for about a dozen more urban "Front Range" counties. Diversion is defined explicitly as "recycling, composting and anaerobic digestion." More>>

Novozymes reports strong bioenergy and biofuels performance
Danish biotechnology company and ABC member Novozymes has published its interim financial report for the first half of 2017, revealing better than expected growth from the company, including a strong showing from its Bioenergy division. More>>

Column: Keeping Minnesota agriculture and rural communities strong
[By Sen. Al Franken] For Minnesota farmers, it's striking how much has changed in the past year. Our country has a new president, a new agriculture secretary, and a new direction on a lot of policies that affect our farmers, ranchers and rural communities. But one thing hasn't changed. Agriculture remains critically important to Minnesota's economy and its way of life...That's why I pushed back hard when President Trump recently proposed more than $230 billion in Farm Bill cuts, including $29 billion in cuts to the crop insurance program, which farmers depend upon when commodity prices are low. More>>

Assessing the Pulse of the Next Farm Bill Debate
Thirteen agricultural economists put together short papers describing issues that will surface during the writing of the next farm bill. For each issue, the author describes the "policy setting" and details "farm bill issues" that likely will arise during negotiations. Each issue then has a "what to watch for" summary. These papers, along with an overview, are presented in this article. More>>

Putting the Heat into AD
Upgrading an existing AD plant is an ideal opportunity to improve its overall efficiency and ensure every bit of head and power produced, says Matt Hale, of ABC member HRS Heat Exchangers. More>>

Can Congress cut food waste? It depends on the success of this bill
For decades, the federal government has regulated how landfills operate, how air and water are protected and how dangerous sites are cleaned up. However, the federal government has yet to implement a national policy on how to handle food waste.The lack of federal guidance on food waste has left the U.S. with a patchwork of food waste solutions, with some states, like New Jersey, pursuing ambitious food waste goals -- while others seem to all but ignore the issue. Now with the introduction of the Food Recovery Act (H.R. 3444), a vision of what could become the first national food waste policy is taking shape. [ABC is supporting this bill] More>>

How a Wastewater Plant Hits Net Zero Energy
A wastewater treatment facility in Gresham, Ore., went beyond net zero energy consumption within 10 years after beginning the journey. While other cities across the country are working to mitigate the exorbitant amount of energy their wastewater treatment plants consume, the city of Gresham, Ore., has found a way to achieve net zero energy consumption with ABC member Veolia. [This facility won ABC's Project of the Year] More>>

Waste Management opens 100th CNG fueling station
Waste Management began using natural gas vehicles in the 1990s, and the company says that has played a key role in surpassing its goal of improving fleet efficiency 15% by 2020. Now, the company estimates that 90% of the new units it purchases for its fleet of 32,000 collection and support vehicles are powered by natural gas. Fueling station set-ups vary -- some also service municipal or consumer vehicles, some are located at landfills to use the gas captured -- though most use a slow-fill overnight system. More>>

Hogan cancels O'Malley-era 'zero waste' plan
[The ABC spoke out in favor of the O'Malley zero waste plan in 2014/15] Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday night that he has canceled "zero-waste" landfill rules issued by Gov. Martin O'Malley a week before he left office in 2015. Speaking to the annual summer gathering of the Maryland Municipal League, the Republican governor said he was rescinding the policy in response to complaints from local governments. More>>

Carbon farming at Land of Milk and Honey (CA)
In California, a new program called the Healthy Soils Initiative is about to put unorthodox farming practices to the test. With modest grants of up to $50,000 administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), a network of farmers and ranchers throughout the state will embark on a series of experiments in carbon farming. The term refers to improving soil health by biological processes that limit the amount of synthetic chemicals applied to crops and adopting techniques aimed to reduce nutrient loss. More>>

NCRA released its Commercial Food Waste Reduction in Alameda County, CA report
[BioCycle] The Northern California Recycling Association (NCRA) released its Commercial Food Waste Reduction in Alameda County report, the first-ever study of wasted food prevention and recovery initiatives and opportunities in Alameda County, California. Approximately 72 to 115 million pounds of edible food in the county is disposed, while an estimated 6 million pounds are donated to food assistance organizations. SB1383, signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown in 2016, requires local jurisdictions to reduce or recover for human consumption 20 percent of edible food currently sent to landfills and incinerators by 2025. To comply with SB1383, Alameda County will need to reduce or recover approximately 11 to 17 million pounds. Based on research findings and observations, the NCRA project team identified over 50 potential policy and program solutions categorized into three areas: education and data; policy and logistics and infrastructure. Those categories were further subdivided by implementation timeframe (short-, medium- and long-term). More>>

Food Waste Collection Pilot (and digestion)
[BioCycle] The town of Scarborough, Maine pays a $70.50/ton tipping fee for garbage sent to the waste-to-energy facility at ecomaine in Portland. . .Scarborough Public Works is preparing an 8-month food waste pilot in a 260-home neighborhood that began in May and will run through late January 2018. . .Organics can be bagged in plastic, which will be removed at the anaerobic digestion plant run by ABC member Exeter Agri-Energy. More>>

Tulare, California: City Signs Digester Gas Purchase Agreement
[BioCycle] Tulare, a city of 60,000 in the Central Valley of California, has signed a biogas purchase agreement with FuelCell Energy. The City is leasing a site at its wastewater treatment facility to FuelCell Energy, which will install, operate and maintain a 2.8 MW fuel cell power plant. The City's facility primarily treats effluent from a number of large milk processing plants. The digester gas agreement enables FuelCell Energy to proceed under the State of California Bioenergy Market Adjustment Tariff (BioMAT) program with a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Southern California Edison. The company will also install its SureSource Treatment™ biogas conditioning system. “This project perfectly highlights how sustainability pays," notes Joe Carlini, Tulare's City Manager. "We are selling our biogas, generating a new source of revenue for the City, and supporting emission-free power generation so our citizens have clean air to breathe." More>>

Job Opening: President of Greenlane Biogas (BC, Canada)
The company was purchased by Pressure Technologies, a FTSE listed company in 2013 and has grown to over 40 staff across 7 continents. The company is in the midst of significant transformation as it positions itself as a leading technology provider and centralizes its operations in Vancouver. The Board is seeking a new President who can lead the organization through organizational and cultural transformation and significant growth as it seeks to become the industry leader in what is projected to be a $2-3 billion biogas market by 2020. More>>

California Governor Signs Waste Management Bill into Law
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law Assembly Bill 1572, which gives California Department of Resources and Recycling Recovery (CalRecycle) more flexibility to ensure that local residents comply with the sustainable waste management law and reduce burdens associated with oversight for areas that exceed state requirements. This law goes hand-in-hand with legislation passed in 2016, which asked locals to divert 50 percent of organic waste from landfill by 2020 and 75 percent by 2025. More>>

Food pumps are not just for liquids
[Feature on foodwaste pumping by ABC member HRS Heat Exchangers] Most food manufacturers need to move products during processing. Problems can arise when the pumps used have not been designed for this. But products including powders, pastes and mixtures of liquids and solids can be pumped through suitable pipe work and equipment. More>>

EPA will reject change that Trump backer Icahn sought
[Great news for biogas and RNG producers regarding the point of obligation in the RFS.] The Trump administration plans to reject a proposal that would let oil refiners off the hook for complying with the federal ethanol mandate, a senior administration official told POLITICO, dashing the hopes of billionaire Carl Icahn and a slew of independent companies. More>>

From food waste to energy: How potato peelings are powering buildings in SE Wisconsin
At the Sendik's Food Market in Mequon, discarded food waste once filled about eight 30-yard dumpsters per month. Now, the store is down to just one dumpster per month, thanks to the food waste recycling system by ABC member Grind2Energy. [The food waste is delivered to a municipal wastewater digester next to another ABC member facility, the FCPC Renewable Generation digester.] More>>

New York City turns organic waste into green energy
[Washington Post Video] A pilot project in New York City turns organic waste into methane that in the future will go back to residents to heat their stoves and homes. [Featuring ABC Members Waste Management and NYC Dept of Sanitation] More>>

Study: Anaerobic digestion could reduce microplastics in sludge
A new study, published in Environmental Science & Technology, has found that anaerobic digestion may reduce the amount of microplastics left in in sewage sludge, as reported in Recycling Portal. More>>

A Ray of Hope on Capitol Hill
Some good news from Washington! Comprehensive federal legislation to reduce wasted food has just been introduced in both the House and Senate. It's the Food Recovery Act of 2017 and we have U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and U.S Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) to thank for it. This legislation advances a comprehensive array of common sense policies. It provides a compelling pathway to prevent food from being wasted in the first place, expand donation of surplus food to people in need, and keep what's left out of the landfill. More>>

City explores ways to transform commercial food waste into renewable energy
In June, the Water Department issued a food waste co-digestion Request For Information (RFI) to solicit ideas and possible business plans from potential vendors and evaluate possible scenarios for accepting pre-processed food waste. "We were considering doing the direct decomposition of food in our anaerobic digesters, so the RFI is: Does anyone wants to do that with us?" Philadelphia Water Department's Paul Kohl said. "We received interest, people showed up for the informational meeting, people are asking questions. So yes, there's interest in the market place." More>>

Green power: Alameda program gets national nod
ALAMEDA, CA – Alameda Municipal Power has earned national recognition for Alameda Green, a program that allows residents and businesses to match up to 100 percent of their monthly electricity use with renewable energy sourced from wind, biogas and solar projects. More>>

It's Time For Congress To Join The Fight Against Food Waste
It is time for Congress to take the lead and further the fight against food waste. This week Representative Chellie Pingree and Senator Richard Blumenthal will re-introduce the Food Recovery Act. This legislation presents the first-ever comprehensive attempt to support a wide range of policies that would reduce waste and increase food recovery, and would implement many of our top federal-level food waste recommendations. More>>

New Jersey Just Took a Major Stand Against Food Waste
A new law in New Jersey -- one of the strongest stances against climate change in the U.S. right now -- aims to cut the state's food waste in half by 2030. Lawmakers also hope that the law will reduce the state's climate footprint and add much needed resources in their fight against hunger. The bill passed the New Jersey legislature unanimously and was signed by Governor Chris Christie last week. More>>

New York City Continues to Lead on Food Waste Recycling
Just last week, the NYC Commissioner of Sanitation Kathryn Garcia announced a proposal to dramatically expand the number of commercial food establishments required to separate their organic waste and send it for beneficial use. Currently the largest 350 or so commercial food establishments are required to separate their organic waste, but this new proposal will add approximately 2000 businesses. Department of Sanitation estimates this will increase diversion of organic material from the commercial sector to 50,000 tons a year. More>>

Perris, CA facility to meet state's environmental goals
It took more than 10 years to go from blueprint to reality, but today, Perris' anaerobic digester facility from ABC member CR&R Environmental Services is one of the largest in the world. Not only does the anaerobic digester facility have a global pedigree, it's attracting worldwide interest, too. More>>

Straus Family Creamery powered by cow gas
With barely a sound, the red and white International Harvester feed truck unloaded a mix of silage, barley and rice to a dozen pregnant cows, releasing a sour, grassy aroma into the foggy morning at Straus Family Creamery in Marshall. The all-electric feed truck is entirely powered by methane gas that was released by the farm's 280 cows, or rather, their poop. More>>

[White House] Joint Statement on Tax Reform
Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) issued the following joint statement on tax reform: More>>

SF seeks EPA loan to help pay for waste treatment plant upgrades
San Francisco is applying for a $625 million loan from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help offset the costs of a major upgrade to the city's wastewater treatment facilities.The upgrades would allow the city's treatment plants to more effectively capture and treat odors and improve its ability to utilize biogas. More>>

Minnesota county mulls organics diversion requirement by 2022
However the county board decides to proceed, the progress in the Twin Cities Metro Area has already shown that organics diversion is possible in the Midwest and may encourage further discussion in neighboring states. Based on a recent survey, the average landfill tip fee in the Midwest is now slightly above the U.S. average so more cities could start becoming curious about their diversion options. More>>

New Resources to Encourage More Recycling of Foodservice Packaging
Communities and recycling professionals now have access to new recycling outreach materials, thanks to the Foodservice Packaging Institute's free Resident Education Kit. The comprehensive kit shares dozens of images, researched terms, best practices and other resources for adding foodservice packaging to new or existing recycling programs. More>>

Renewable energy contract case in Michigan could set national precedent
Vic Leabu, owner of White's Bridge Hydro Co. in Lowell, only wants a fair contract from Consumers Energy Corp. Leabu produces about 750 kilowatts of clean, renewable energy for 400 of his home and business owner customers in Ionia County, just east of Grand Rapids. For the past 32 years, Consumers has been paying him a variable rate of 6.8 cents to 7.6 cents per kilowatt hour. Last year, Consumers offered him a five-year contract at 4.5 cents per kilowatt hour, which Leabu described as financially unsustainable. The Michigan Public Service Commission is expected to rule July 31. More>>

EPA SAB to review biogenic carbon framework at August meeting
The U.S. EPA has announced the Scientific Advisory Board will conduct a quality review of the agency's draft framework for assessing biogenic carbon dioxide emissions from stationary sources at a meeting in August. [Biogenic carbon emissions cover emissions from biomass, including biogas and can be used to show how much carbon biomass resources emit or reduce.] More>>

How California Plans to Go Far Beyond Any Other State on Climate
Over the past decade, California has passed a sweeping set of climate laws to test a contentious theory: that it's possible to cut greenhouse gas emissions far beyond what any other state has done and still enjoy robust economic growth. Now that theory faces its biggest test yet. . .So how will California pull this off? More>>

New Jersey Gov. Christie passes bill to halve food waste by 2030
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed S-3027 into law on July 21, establishing a statewide goal to reduce food waste 50% by 2030, as reported by NJ Spotlight. The state Department of Environmental Protection now has one year to develop and roll out a reduction plan. Other statewide food waste bills, including one to revise food date labeling and another to encourage food donation, are still pending. More>>

DSNY's proposed organics diversion requirements could impact 2K businesses
New York's Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has announced plans to expand organics diversion requirements to multiple new business categories that currently generate an estimated 50,000 tons of food waste per year. The proposed rules would apply to about 2,000 businesses, according to DSNY. This would include restaurants or establishments larger than 7,000 square feet, chain establishments with 50 or more locations in the city and retail stores larger than 10,000 square feet. Businesses would be required to arrange for source-separated collection or find another DSNY-approved solution to manage their organic waste. More>>

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