Is the force with you this year?
This week Harvest is abuzz at the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco. On Monday night, Harvest was named to the 2015 Cleantech 100; This is the sixth year in a row that Harvest Power has been recognized by the Cleantech Group for its contributions to the cleantech community.
We are honored. See the entire list of 100 companies.
VIDEO: The Green Room: Caterpillar Customer Uses Biogas Generators to Turn Food Waste into Power.
HIGHLIGHTS: “The site is far enough from the likes of Splash Mountain and the Cinderella Castle to keep the aroma of rotting lettuce and onions from disrupting the magic of the Magic Kingdom,” and “What we eat – or rather don’t eat – is the next frontier of recycling, and Harvest is in a unique position to capitalize.” Read the full article.
Compost. We live and breathe it every day – sometimes taste it, too! But lots of folks are curious how to compost in their backyard or apartment. We came across this excellent “Learn How To Compost: Composting Basics for Beginners” guide from sodgod and wanted to share. Happy composting!
This July 1, 2015 marks the date when the food waste ban in the Metro Vancouver region of BC has some teeth. If you live in the lower mainland, be sure to sort those scraps this Canada Day (and beyond)!
For news and support, check out:
- Global BC Jon Azpiri and Elaine Yong’s video, “What happens to Metro Vancouver food scraps?“
- The Province‘s Carey Bermingham’s piece, “By the Numbers: Metro’s food scraps ban kicks into penalty phase“
- Metro Vancouver‘s guide to food scrap recycling
For residents looking for easy tips for sorting scraps, check out our “3 Tips for Successful Sorting” video – easy peasy.
First, at the beginning of 2015, Metro Vancouver introduced an organics disposal ban, described by Chair Greg Moore in the video below. Starting on July 1, financial enforcement begins: waste loads with more than 25% visible food will be surcharged. Learn more about food scraps diversion in the Metro Vancouver region.
Second, SHIFT recently launched a video, “Trash Talk Documentary” exploring how different businesses in the Metro Vancouver region – including Harvest Power – process organic waste as part of a circular economy.
After collecting their waste (ahem, on their balcony; that’s dedication) for 30 days they found that organics represented a drastic majority of their waste – 60%! – compared to the other material categories of garbage, plastic, and paper.
Finally, feeling like reducing your food waste at the front end? Like before it reaches the bin for disposal/recycling? Check out the “Love Food Hate Waste” campaign for Canada, modeled after WRAP’s wildly successful program in England.
Earth911, “The Food Waste Frontier: Harvest Power Turns Juice into Juice,” by Madeleine Somerville
I’m no stranger to green living and sometimes it feels like I’ve seen it all. I wrote a book chock full of recipes for things like Eco-friendly toothpaste and laundry detergent, I’ve interviewed green-trepreneurs, and I’ve reported on everything from sustainable schools to winter biking. But this story is without a doubt one of the coolest environmentally friendly initiatives I have ever seen.
Maclean’s, “How to solve the food waste problem,” by Cinda Chavich:
Billions of dollars worth of good food is thrown away each year. Now some businesses and cities are saying no.