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New bioenergy approach could mean cleaner water, plus a big payday for farmers

Shashi Menon, a managing partner at ABC Member EcoEngineers, said that efforts to improve water quality, if coordinated with the production of clean fuels from organic waste, would enhance the effectiveness of both initiatives, while generating profits, particularly for farmers, as well as tax proceeds. The processing of waste in anaerobic digesters, and efforts to clean rivers and lakes, have “been moving in parallel,” he said. “We started noticing that biogas and anaerobic digesters straddle these two major silos. We saw an opportunity.”

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12/2/2016
Mystery Surrounds WI Governor's Biogas Announcement
Robert Weidner, chair of the Kewaunee County Board, was informed that the governor was visiting but was not told why. In his surprise visit, Walker announced that he had requested the Public Service Commission (PSC), the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to collaborate on recommendations by Dec. 1 that, according to a press release from the Governor's office, “propose a tangible private sector response linking the application of digester technology to environmentally sensitive areas of Wisconsin, specifically areas with high concentrations of dairy cattle. A Request for Proposal (RFP) laying the groundwork for actionable items should be ready to release publically [sic] in January.” More>>

11/29/2016
Minnesota county will dedicate half of state recycling money to organics processing
As a state, Minnesota has the weakest of the six states with organics recycling laws in place. But this county is taking extra measures to make sure organics get recycled. "As expected, the results of this characterization study are similar to what nearby Ramsey and Washington counties found in their own 2014 study. With this added evidence that organics remain the largest portion of recyclable material left in the waste stream, Hennepin can better make the case that municipalities should focus more on recovery options. This will also make progress on the state's goal of a 75% diversion rate for the area by 2030." More>>

11/29/2016
CalRecycle Study Reveals Large Amounts of Unrecycled Organic Material
According to CalRecycle, the State of California disposed of 33.2 million tons of material in 2015 and about 40 percent of the increased disposal was organic material, such as food waste and yard waste. More>>

11/29/2016
Video: Converting Wastewater Sludge into Energy--Anglian Water
Using a drone video, GE has captured how Anglian Water's Great Billing Water Recycling Center captures energy and valuable products using their advanced anaerobic digestion and Jenbacher gas engine technologies. More>>

11/28/2016
Congrats to Casella's Liza Casella on her 40 Under 40 award from Waste360
Liza Casella became a member of the waste and recycling industry about five years ago when she decided to join Casella Waste Systems, the company her family founded in the mid-70s. Since then, she has helped grow the municipal, institutional, commercial and industrial lines of business throughout the company's Northeastern footprint. She's also played a leading role in More>>

11/23/2016
Turning Earth waiting for state approval to build food waste to energy plant in Southington, CT
SOUTHINGTON -- A company that hopes to turn food and yard waste into electricity and compost could begin construction early next year on Spring Street. Turning Earth is waiting on a key approval from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection but expects to receive that “any day now,” according to company co-founder Amy Kessler. More>>

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12/8/2016
State Policy Committee Meeting
Meeting to discuss state policy issues at 2 PM ET. Call information located on Members Only site. More>>

12/12/2016
ABC Board of Directors Meeting
December meeting for the Board of Directors. More>>

12/12/2016
ABC Board of Directors Meeting
The Board of Directors will be meeting Monday, December 12at 1pm ET. More>>

12/15/2016
Federal Policy Committee Meeting
Meeting to discuss federal policy issues at 2 PM ET. Call information located on Members Only site. More>>







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