How Food Lifeline is Prioritizing Equity in Food Hub Initiative – Food Bank News

Food Bank’s Intense Commitment Gives BIPOC Farmers a Lift When Eloise’s Cooking Pot started a program to purchase produce from local BIPOC farmers and producers, it didn’t take long to identify a slew of challenges in those working relationships. While the farms produced food that was unparalleled in quality and rich in cultural relevance, they often struggled […]

BioCycle Nationwide Survey: Full-Scale Food Waste Composting Infrastructure In The U.S.

Nora Goldstein, Paula Luu and Stephanie Motta In winter 2023, BioCycle launched a survey of full-scale food waste composting facilities in the United States. Like in previous reports, BioCycle defines a full-scale facility as a municipal or commercial facility equipped to receive and process organic waste streams arriving by truckload volumes from generators and haulers on a year-round basis. Typically, these […]

LA County Updates Ordinances to Include CMA

On July 3 rd , 2023, Los Angeles County updated their ordinances on acceptable compostable products, including CMA as a new standard for qualifying products. The ordinances can be accessed here under Chapter 12.86 – REDUCTION OF WASTE FROM SINGLE-USE ARTICLES AND EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE RODUCTS. 12.86.010 – DEFINITIONS This is fantastic progress. Yet, ordinances can […]

CMA’s Position on ASTM D6868 and D8410

CMA has the privilege, and the responsibility, to certify compostable products to standards that protect compost manufacturing and, in turn, our environment.  While there are some areas where the best we can do is to mitigate harm, there are other, more advanced areas of the market in whichwe feel that holding products to the highest […]

CMA’s Plastic Elimination Strategy

Addition of Paper Produce Stickers CMA strives to create a lane for innovation while acknowledging practical realities of the state of product development and the market. In this spirit, CMA accepts some compostable products that do not fit the laboratory definition of compostable.  These products are those that composters have traditionally accepted (like paper napkins) […]

Why CMA is Seen as a Disruptor

Janet L. Thoman, Compliance Director USCC’s Compost 2023 was full of excellent information, innovation, old friends and new.  But my favorite moment, by far, was A1 Organics’ Bob Yost, upon receiving the Hi Kellogg Award, closing his remarks with, “It is not about you.”  He’s right. It’s not about me.  Or you. Or any individual […]

Washington Legislative Update

Washington’s 2023 Legislative session is racing to the finish line.  With less than 6 weeks until the end of the session, many compost and recycling focused bills have faltered, but several significant bills are still in play. The deadline for all bills to pass out of their house of origin was March 8, 2023.  Any […]

Food Waste + Compostables

There’s nothing more comforting than the smell of a 3-hour roast warming first the house as it cooks, then the family table, and then your belly. Food holds one of the most unique placeholders in society; we need it to survive, to thrive; we share it with others in difficult times and moments of celebration; […]

PFAS: The Importance of Testing Methods

Kelvin Okamoto, Ph.D. Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is a broad class of chemicals of which many have been found to have adverse human health effects and/or to be environmentally persistent. Common materials such as Teflon™ polymers and coatings, Gore-Tex fabric and Scotchgard stain resistant chemicals are PFAS. In packaging, PFAS have many uses including in pulp […]

The Upstream Challenge to Make Compostables Work at Public Events

By Susan Thoman Certified compostable product options can significantly drive increases in food waste diversion within large venues and events when employed properly and within a well- developed system of procurement, education, and collection. However, more compost manufacturers are refusing loads from venues due to the overall contamination of non-compostable look-alikes, a lack of scrutiny […]