Food Waste Ban Gets Teeth in Metro Vancouver Region

Your Food Isn't Garbage: Time to obey the food waste ban in BCThis 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)!

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For residents looking for easy tips for sorting scraps, check out our “3 Tips for Successful Sorting” video – easy peasy.

 

 

Interview with Burp Reynolds: Our Anaerobic Bacteria Mascot

Earlier this year Harvest Power sat down with Burp Reynolds, one of the anaerobic bacteria in our digester tanks in Orlando, Florida. The following is an excerpt of the transcript. Burp-Reynolds-300x225[1]

So Burp, what does a typical day look like for you?

My motto is to go with the flow. I mostly hang out at the 6th trophic level with the more “established” bacteria. We work hard – eating, drinking, farting, burping, and reproducing each and every day, 24 hours a day.

Wow, sounds like a lot of work!

Yes, it is, and we think it’s a very efficient use of our time. We’re not like those other renewable energy sources, like the photovoltaics sunning themselves and then sleeping at night. Or wind turbines that produce electricity that then gets lost in transmission lines on its way back to civilization. That’s just a silly situation. Give me my anaerobic bacteria tank and I’m convinced my team is the best in renewable energy.

Thanks so much for all your hard work. What can we do to keep you happy?

Keep the tank temperature steady, and the pH steady, and the fats, sugars and starches pumping in. If any of those conditions change we become “slack-teria”!

What’s your favorite holiday?

Halloween, for sure. We often get an extra batch of expired candy. I think I can speak for anaerobic bacteria around the world when I say we LOVE sugar even more than almost anything in the world. Valentine’s Day is also pretty good: hello candy hearts. Every day is good, though – I like to say that we’re #1 in the #1 and #2 business.

If you had a car, what would you have on the bumper sticker?

That’s easy: “Support Bacteria: It’s the Only Culture Some People Will Ever Have”

Anything else you want the rest of the world to know?

Tell our buddies in Ontario and British Columbia hello! And keep sending us your organic waste – we’ll use it to create power, and power plants!

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TriplePundit

triplepundit[1]TriplePundit, “Disney Vanquishes Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” by Gina-Marie Cheeseman.

  • Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is the first business customer of a local business, Harvest Power Orlando, which converts organic waste into biogas and natural fertilizers.

NationSwell

nationswell-150x61[1]NationSwell, “Inside the Business of Turning Your Leftovers into 33 Million Bags of Mulch,” by Chris Peak

Waste, energy and agriculture. These three massive topics will affect how our ecosystem fares in the future. Harvest Power, a company founded in 2008, is providing local solutions that intersect all three. And they start by changing one unlikely place: the municipal dump.

CapeNews

capenewsnet-150x64[1]CapeNews, “No Smell, No Noise, No Worry – Visit to Harvest Power Plant in Florida Allays Concerns,” by Michael J. Rausch.
A proposed new trash-to-gas-to-electricity facility proposed to be built and operated at a section of the Bourne landfill should not pose any odor or noise pollution problems to the town. That was the upshot of a presentation to the Bourne Board of Selectmen Tuesday night, February 17, by the Bourne Landfill Business Model Working Group and Harvest Power, the company that would build and run the plant.

Clean Technica

clean-technica[1]Clean Technica,Harvest Power Rebuilds Topsoil and Produces Energy with the Process,” by Glenn Meyers

The people from Harvest Power believe solutions to our planet’s energy and pollution problems must be addressed first at a grass roots level, “where people and organizations can work together in a climate of mutual responsibility and trust.”

How To End our Fossil Fuel Addition by 2050

The folks over at Arbtech reached out recently with a neat info graphic on curbing our fossil fuel addition over the next few decades.  What do you think: Do you agree with their 5 key principles for an energy revolution?

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Biogas RINs, Enough to Power 471 Garbage Trucks

Biogas RINs, Enough to Power 471 Garbage Trucks December 11, 2014  Biomass MagazineIn a recent issue of Biomass Magazine, Amanda Bilek outlines the staggering growth of the cellulosis renewable information number (RIN) market from compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquified natural gas (LNG): they surged from 3.5 million in August 2014 to 7.5 million in September 2014.  The generation of 7.5 million cellulosic RINs in September sounds impressive, but how does that translate into fuel? The amount of renewable CNG and LNG from 7.5 million cellulosic RINs is enough to run 471 garbage trucks for an entire year. The equivalent of 471 garbage trucks would be burning renewable fuel instead of conventional diesel, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve local air quality.

Food Waste Making (Inter)National News

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Has anyone else noticed that food waste – the topic of conversation we at Harvest Power have been “stalking” for 5+ years now – is all of a sudden making headlines in national and international news?

First, for example, take Harvest Public Media’s “Tossed Out: Food Waste In America” series.  The “Studying a Family’s Waste” story rang the most true with our audiences.  They call their kitchen catcher the “bucket of judgement” – classic!  They have some great tips on making sure their food goes to its highest and best use.

Second, also this season, Elizabeth Royte explores how 1/3 of our food is lost or wasted in National Geographic magazine. Just as she does in  Garbage Land, she maps out the forces at work.  Indeed, food waste is identified as a threat on national security.

Enjoy these juicy articles and videos on a topic near and dear to our hearts (and stomachs!).

Tossed Out

cnet-tossed-out-video-screenshot-150x150[1]Tossed Out: A Special Report on Food Waste in America, by Harvest Public Media (no relation of Harvest Power, Inc).

Part of the report includes an in-home look at one family in Iowa’s strategies for food waste reduction.

Farmers and growers have made gigantic advancements in food production over the last century, ensuring more food flows from farm to table than at any time in human history. Yet, some estimates say as much as 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. goes uneaten.

Food waste is the single-largest source of waste in municipal landfills. An incredible 35 million tons of food were thrown away in 2012, according to the EPA. As it decomposes in landfills, the waste releases methane and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Meanwhile, 1 in 6 Americans struggles with hunger and the world wonders how to address the challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050.