Sept. 2015 …we know that approximately a third of all food produced is discarded, and “whenever food is thrown out it is as if it were stolen from the table of the poor.” (50) — Pope Francis, Laudato Si. The topic of food waste has been in the news recently as New York and other … Continue reading Trends: The Food Waste Epidemic – What Can You Do?
What is the difference between anaerobic or aerobic digestion? What is thermal hydrolysis or pyrolysis? Great Forest has put together a detailed overview of various new and emerging food waste technologies that might be viable alternatives to the current practice of landfilling food waste. The guide – “New And Emerging Food Waste Recycling Technologies” – will help you make … Continue reading Overview: A Guide To New And Emerging Food Waste Technologies
Update July 2 – Announcement released today. Key points: Mandatory recycling of organic material proposed for 350 businesses including: All food service establishments in hotels with 150 or more rooms All food service vendors in arenas and stadiums with seating capacity of at least 15,000 people Food manufacturers with a floor area of at least 25,000 square … Continue reading Regulation Update: Announcement on NYC’s Commercial Food Waste Law
To get ready for NYC’s push for mandatory recycling of organic materials, Great Forest has been exploring options that could work for NYC businesses that have little or no space to store organic waste, and where separate organics pick-ups are not feasible. One of the solutions we are testing uses Blue/Green bags from a company … Continue reading Exploring Solutions For Dealing With Food Waste: Blue Bag Organics
The weight of a cow – that is how much compostable materials we collected at Stone Barns’ popular Harvest Fest in the Hudson Valley, New York, earlier in October. That is over 1000 pounds of food waste and other compostable materials that we kept out of the landfill! If you were at the Harvest Fest, you … Continue reading “Mooo-ve” Over Waste – Large Amount Of Compostables Collected at Popular Harvest Fest
This Great Forest guide was updated July 2017. It was originally published as a guide to composting in Environmental Leader, November 7, 2013. — Organics make up the largest component of Municipal Solid Waste – about 34% of waste generated. Organic materials decomposing in landfills or burned in incinerators have a direct impact on climate change. Emissions … Continue reading Organics: A Guide For Businesses and Organizations
This month, Great Forest participated in a waste audit of ten restaurants that are part of NYC’s Food Waste Challenge to collect data that will give the city a better idea of how the program is making a difference as part of PlaNYC 2030. Great Forest has been advising the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and … Continue reading NYC’s Food Waste Challenge Enters Next Phase – Data Collection
The nation’s composting infrastructure will increase by 2015 when a new facility opens in Maryland, with plans for more in Freeport, Massachusetts and Northern New Jersey. The Peninsula Compost Group announced last month that they are building a new commercial composting facility in Prince George County, Maryland. Located in an old gravel pit, it will … Continue reading New Composting Facilities Expected in MD, MA, NJ
To compost or not to compost? That is the question many businesses are still asking. The answer depends on a number of factors that may affect you uniquely. So if you are considering composting, do the research and launch a trial. Here are two examples: Case 1: A large financial firm in Weehawken, NJ, with a three-building … Continue reading Case Study: To Compost or Not to Compost – Two Scenarios
We are always thinking of ways to influence behavior and make it intuitive for people to fully utilize the sustainability programs that exist where they work. In many cases, small, low-cost changes can produce big results. Here is one example of how Great Forest implemented a few small but calculated changes that worked wonders to … Continue reading Small Changes Produce Big Results with Composting
Q: Is office composting feasible? A: Yes. San Francisco, Seattle and Portland are among cities that have commercial composting programs. In NYC less than 3% of offices do and Great Forest has helped approximately one third of them set up composting programs. From our experience, the biggest myth about composting in the office is the odor. … Continue reading Q&A: Is office composting feasible?