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Food Waste and Carbon Footprints

We thought we’d heard it all until we read these:

  • Cheese brine being used in Wisconsin for snow and ice management?
  • Tomato skins being explored as car parts?!

Elizabeth Matsangou of The New Economy explores the intersection of food waste and a low-carbon economy.

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!

Learn more at harvestpower.com

Harvest Named to Global Cleantech 100 for Sixth Year in a Row!

2015_GlobalCleantech100_eBadge_Top100_071415This 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.

Could your child’s uneaten broccoli help provide electricity?

fortuneHow Harvest Power is transforming food waste into a power source.

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.

How to solve the food waste problem

Maclean'sMaclean’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.

 

Cleveland Indians Have Home-Field Advantage on Recycling

ny timesThe New York Times, “Cleveland Indians Have a Home-Field Advantage on Recycling,” by Diane Cardwell

As governments and industry seek to reduce emissions of methane — a more powerful heat-trapping gas than carbon dioxide — by limiting the amount of organic waste in landfills, large food processors are looking for new ways to get rid of their leftovers. Food waste, an estimated 34 million tons a year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s most recent figures, is the largest component of landfills, which are responsible for roughly 18 percent of the nation’s methane emissions.

Earth Day 2015 – “Take Back Compost” Day in NewWest BC, and More!

Earth Day 2015 is HERE!

2015.04 - NewWest BC - Take Back Compost Soil TippedHarvest Power is participating in various ways across North America. A few glimpses:

NEW WESTMINSTER, BC

Earlier this week Harvest provided compost – made from food scraps and yard trimmings from the residents and businesses in the Metro Vancouver region of British Columbia – to the citizens of New Westminster, BC in their “Take Back Compost Day” event. 2015.04 NewWest BC Take Back Compost Day - GroupNutrients from food scraps came full circle in the form of our Garden Blend, scooped up by residents eager to put it back onto their gardens.

2015.04 - NewWest BC Take Back Compost All GoneStill want a scoop?  We can arrange deliveries (minimum of 3 cubic yards) from Richmond, or pick up as little as 1/2 yard at our site on the North Shore.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

This week we’re at Biomass Conference and Expo. Tomorrow (Wednesday) Kieran takes the stage to talk about carbon, organic waste, clean energy, anaerobic digestion, and all sorts of juicy intersections with a sustainable future. Learn more about Harvest’s clean energy options.

CENTRAL VALLEY, CALIFORNIA

2015.04 EarthDayVisaliaLogoThis Saturday April 25 we’ll be at the City of Visalia and Tulare’s Earth Day / Arbor Day celebration.  Come say hi to Jerry and learn more about our compost products available to the Central Valley of California.

We’ll also be at the Town of Bourne’s Earth Day Celebration at the Residential Recycling Center in case anyone has questions about the proposed project on the Cape.

How and where are you celebrating Earth Day?

Welcome to Harvest Power’s New Website

landing pageWelcome to our new website at Harvest Power! We’d like to point out a few new key features:

  ONE UMBRELLA FOR ALL PRODUCTS, ALL SERVICES

You used to have to go into each different region to find out what products and services were offered. Now, you can quickly navigate between all locations, services and products, glorious soil and mulch products. Also, our blog is now integrated into the website which should make it easier to connect the dots between current events and our business.  For example, you might be keen to learn more about anaerobic digestion and biogas – hot topics. Or perhaps you just want to say hello!  Visit our contact page. It’s easy to get everywhere now at harvestpower.com.

responsive designRESPONSIVE DESIGN

Our website used to looked the same whether you loaded it on your desktop,  tablet or phone, leading to lots of tiny text and hard-to-navigate sections. Now, with responsive design, you will never have to zoom in on a region or article; the responsive design will scale automatically and load beautifully on your media device. So say you’re a landscaper in Connecticut and you need to quickly navigate to Farmington’s products and prices on your phone…. BOOM: Two clicks and you’re in with no pesky zooming.

dynamic product filterDYNAMIC PRODUCT & SERVICE FILTER

You used to have to go into each region to see what products and services were offered. Now, you can see ALL products and services offered, then filter according to your needs. Imagine you’re a contractor in the Mid-Atlantic states needing mulch products in bulk forms.  Voila! Just like that, the filters will point you towards Black Double Shredded Hardwood Mulch, Brown Double Shredded Hardwood Mulch, Double Shredded Hardwood Mulch and Wood Chips.

clean and simple navSIMPLE, CLEAN, NAVIGATION

Every location has its own page with four key tabs: the landing tab with the address, hours, a short descriptions, list of products, and what materials we accept; a services tab with a list of services; a tab about this location and local partners; and finally an FAQ. For example, here’s the landing page for our composting facility and energy garden in Richmond BC. We also noticed that a lot of users want to know more about how much soil or mulch product they need, so our Landscape Calculator is now easy to find. Or perhaps you just want to say hello!  Visit our contact page.

There’s lots to explore in our new website. What’s your favorite feature or page?

 

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.