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03/01/2014A Guide to Conducting and Analyzing a Food Waste AssessmentPublication
 Description: This document discusses how to perform a food waste assessment, the first step towards reducing wasted food. A food waste assessment will identify what is actually being thrown away, allowing an organization to cut down on disposal costs, reduce over purchasing and labor costs, reduce water and energy use associated with food production, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
08/01/2013Case Study: Hannaford Supermarkets Move Towards Zero WastePublication
 Description: This case study discusses Hannaford Supermarkets' Moving Towards Zero Waste Pilot Program in 2011, which succeeded in increasing recycling rates and decreasing wasted food at eleven stores in Maine.
08/01/2013Case Study: New Seasons Market - Feeding the Soil and those in NeedPublication
 Description: This case study discusses New Seasons Market, a locally owned and operated grocery with 12 stores in Portland, Oregon, that actively recycles and composts with the help of Portland Composts!, a city sustainability initiative.
02/01/2010Recycling Organics at Boston Convention and Exhibition CenterPublication
 Description: This Recycle on the Go Success Story discusses how an organics recovery program helps the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) save money, feed the hungry, and lower its environmental footprint. By continuously evaluating the waste stream at the convention center and working with vendors and haulers to design a comprehensive program, BCEC is striving for maximum environmental results.
10/01/2009Backyard Composting: It’s Only NaturalPublication
 Description: This document discusses backyard composting, including why to do it, what is needed, how to make compost, and how to get started.
10/01/2009Fine Dining Returns to the EarthPublication
 Description: This success story discusses the food waste management program of the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The hotel established a kitchen scraps recycling program to increase the recovery rate of its recycling program with local composter Ned Foley of the farm Two Particular Acres.
10/01/2009GreenScapes Activities ListPublication
 Description: This interactive, electronic document provides a list of simple, cost-effective, and sustainable solutions to increase resource efficiency. When integrated into site planning and management, these GreenScapes activities can help save money on labor, equipment, and supplies while still having a great looking and healthy landscape.
10/01/2008San Francisco’s Moscone Center Aims for 75 Percent Waste Diversion by 2010Publication
 Description: This Recycle on the Go Success Story discusses San Francisco's premiere convention center, the Moscone Center, which has an overall recycling rate that has exceeded 50 percent since 1998. Over the last five years, the convention center has annually diverted an average of more than 800 tons of materials from the waste stream. Since compost collection began in 2004, overall diversion numbers have continued to climb, reaching 500 tons in the first half of 2008 alone. Of this, over 10 percent represents donation of reusable materials to local nonprofit organizations.
05/01/2008GreenScapes Seasonal PlannerPublication
 Description: This document provides a calendar with seasonal recommendations for watering, using pesticides and fertilizers, composting, and other practices to help homeowners GreenScape their lawns and gardens.
01/01/2007GreenScapes Tip SheetPublication
 Description: This fact sheet provides tips for GreenScaping to reduce the economic and environmental cost of waste materials, water, pesticides, fuels, and oils from landscaping and grounds keeping operations. These tips include ways to reduce, reuse, recycle, and rebuy when landscaping.
06/01/2006GreenScaping: The Easy Way to a Greener, Healthier YardPublication
 Description: This document describes five steps to GreenScape your lawn, a set of landscaping practices that can improve the health and appearance of your lawn and garden while protecting and preserving natural resources.
06/01/2006Jardineria Ecologica: La manera facil de lograr un jardin mas verdoso y saludable (Spanish - GreenScaping: The Easy Way to a Greener, Healthier Yard)Publication
 Description: This document is the Spanish version of GreenScaping: The Easy Way to a Greener, Healthier Yard (EPA530-K-06-002). This document describes five steps to GreenScape your lawn, a set of landscaping practices that can improve the health and appearance of your lawn and garden while protecting and preserving natural resources.
06/01/2005Tribal Waste Journal: Tribal Composting Nourishes Land and TraditionPublication
 Description: This issue of the Tribal Waste Journal discusses the benefits of composting, tips for composting on Tribal land, and the link between composting and Native American traditions and culture. It also provides additional resources and contacts for further information about composting.
02/01/2004Haciendo Aún Más Verde (""Greenscaping"") su Césped y Jardín (Spanish - ""Greenscaping"" Your Lawn and Garden)Publication
 Description: This document is the Spanish version of ""Greenscaping"" Your Lawn and Garden (EPA530-K-03-002). This document provides simple waste reduction practices to improve not only your lawn and garden, but also the environment.
07/01/2003GreenScapes Success Story: Compost as Cure-AllPublication
 Description: This GreenScapes Success Story discusses compost's newest application as erosion control by Filtrexx International, LLC. In addition to using compost as a soil amendment, pollution filter, and disease control, the company’s full-time business is using compost to prevent erosion along highways, at construction sites, and other transportation and building locations.
07/01/2003GreenScapes Success Story: Food Scraps and Wine: An Agreeable CombinationPublication
 Description: This GreenScapes Success Story discusses Jepson Prairie Organics, which makes compost from the food scraps of more than 1,500 food-related businesses and thousands of residents in San Francisco. The compost is used on vineyards throughout Northern California’s wine country to enhance the quality of the soil.
07/01/2003GreenScapes Success Story: Golden CompostPublication
 Description: This GreenScapes Success Story discusses Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), which runs one of the most advanced, widespread compost-use programs in the United States and has conducted more than 20 demonstrations across the state proving the benefits of compost.
07/01/2003GreenScapes Success Story: Not Your Typical Compost FeedstockPublication
 Description: This GreenScapes Success Story discusses the decision of Aspen Skiing Company to take down two buildings using deconstruction rather than demolition. By deconstructing, the company took the buildings apart and removed useable items, an alternative to sending all of their construction and demolition waste to a landfill that saved the company more than $42,000 in avoided disposal costs.
04/01/2003""Greenscaping"" Your Lawn and GardenPublication
 Description: This document provides simple waste reduction practices to improve not only your lawn and garden, but also the environment.
07/01/2002Fact Sheet: Cover Up With CompostPublication
 Description: This document discusses landfill gas. Natural decomposition processes in landfills emit ""landfill gas."" Approximately half of that landfill gas is methane, the second leading greenhouse gas emitted in the United States. Landfill methane emissions are of national concern because they are the largest source (approximately 33 percent) of anthropogenic methane emissions in the United States.
07/01/2002Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) Bulletin: Summer 2002Publication
 Description: The PAYT Bulletin is designed to help solid waste planners and others get the latest pay-as-you-throw news and events. This issue focuses on global climate change and Pay-As-You-Throw.
05/01/2002How To Establish Recycling and Composting ProgramsPublication
 Description: This fact sheet describes the benefits of formal recycling and composting activities and provides steps on how you can incorporate scavenging or wastepicking into formal recycling and composting programs. At the end of this fact sheet, a case study from Brazil shows how businesses organized scavengers and watepickers into successful recycling cooperatives.
05/01/2002Solid Waste Management: A Local Challenge With Global Impacts (Kit)Publication
 Description: This folder contains the following four fact sheets: What is Integrated Solid Waste Management (EPA 530-F-02-026a), How To Establish Recycling and Composting Programs (EPA 530-F-02-026b), What Are the Options For Waste Disposal (EPA 530-F-02-026c), and What Are the Components of Waste Collection and Transport (EPA 530-F-02-026d).
 Description: EPA does not have authority under RCRA to require recycling or to impose waste disposal bans. Management of municipal solid waste is regulated by state and local governments. EPA promotes alternative management methods such as composting.
 Description: President Clinton supports recycling through programs such as the federal procurement program (Executive Order 13101), including the appointment of a Federal Environmental Executive (FEE), and the White House recycling program. EPA’s recycling efforts include the WasteWi$e program, Jobs Through Recycling, and cooperation with government and industry groups and associations.
 Description: EPA encourages recycling, including composting, of municipal solid waste through programs and initiatives including the Municipal Solid Waste Assistance Program and Jobs Through Recycling. States may have additional programs.
09/15/1998Resources on Waste for Your Home and CommunityPublication
 Description: This catalog describes publications that will be useful to consumers, students and teachers on topics such as recycling, composting, and environmental education. The document also refers to publications that clarify regulatory requirements for these topics.
09/14/1998Don't Throw Away That Food: Strategies for Record-Setting Waste ReductionPublication
 Description: This document defines food discards, presents reasons and benefits for recovering food discards, and describes recovery options for commercial and institutional food discard generators; provides answers to questions about running a food recovery program; and presents food recovery tips from record-setters and for solid waste planners. Fact sheets profile specific food recovery programs and include a detailed description, program summary, costs and benefits, tips for replication, and contacts for additional information.
04/01/1998An Analysis of Composting as an Environmental Remediation TechnologyPublication
 Description: This document summarizes the available information on the use of compost for managing hazardous waste streams and for remediating soil contaminated with toxic organic compounds (such as solvents and pesticides) and inorganic compounds (such as toxic metals), and indicates possible areas for future investigations. The document also discusses compost-based biofilters for treatment of contaminated air and wastewater streams, the potential for reclamation of mine spoils and Brownfields with compost, suppression of plant diseases and pests by compost, compost-enhanced phytoremediation of contaminated soil, and the development of special-purpose or customized composts. References are included at the end of each chapter and a bibliography is included at the end.
09/01/1997Innovative Uses of Compost: Composting of Soils Contaminated by ExplosivesPublication
 Description: Explains how composting of explosive-contaminated soil works. Compares costs and benefits of composting versus combustion. Describes how the Umatilla Army Depot in Hermiston, Oregon, has successfully used composting to convert 15,000 tons of contaminated soil into safe soil containing humus. Includes references and sources for additional information. Document can be ordered as part of the compost kit, 530-E-97-002. To order folder that accompanies the fact sheets, see 530-F-97-047.
09/01/1997Innovative Uses of Compost: Disease Control for Plants and AnimalsPublication
 Description: Discusses how compost-enriched soil helps suppress diseases and ward off pests. Describes the mechanisms by which compost helps control plant disease and reduce crop losses. Explains how scientists have created ""tailored"" compost by enriching it with specific disease-fighting microorganisms. Addresses benefits of composting for disposing of poultry mortalities. Includes references and sources for additional information. Document can be ordered as part of the compost kit, 530-E-97-002. To order folder that accompanies the fact sheets, see 530-F-97-047. Document can be ordered as part of the compost kit, 530-E-97-002. To order folder that accompanies the fact sheets, see 530-F-97-047.
09/01/1997Innovative Uses of Compost: Erosion Control, Turf Remediation, and LandscapingPublication
 Description: Discusses tailor-made or specially designed compost and the parameters to consider when customizing a compost mixture: maturity, stability, pH level, density, particle size, moisture, salinity, and organic content. Addresses compost technology used to control erosion in construction and road building. Examines the use of compost to remediate turf grasses and alleviate soil compaction. Reviews the use of compost in landscaping. Includes references and sources for additional information. Document can be ordered as part of the compost kit, 530-E-97-002. To order folder that accompanies the fact sheets, see 530-F-97-047.
09/01/1997Innovative Uses of Compost: Reforestation, Wetlands Restoration, and Habitat RevitilizationPublication
 Description: Addresses the use of compost in reforestation at the Nantahela National Forest and the Qualla Cherokee Reservation, in habitat restoration at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Project, and in regaining wetlands at the Clean Washington Center Project and at the Des Plaines River Flood Plain. Includes references and sources for additional information. Document can be ordered as part of the compost kit, 530-E-97-002. To order folder that accompanies the fact sheets, see 530-F-97-047. Document can be ordered as part of the compost kit, 530-E-97-002. To order folder that accompanies the fact sheets, see 530-F-97-047.
09/01/1997Innovative Uses of Compost: Bioremediation and Pollution PreventionPublication
 Description: This document describes a compost technology, known as compost bioremediation, currently being used to restore contaminated soils, manage storm water, control odors, and degrade VOCs. It defines compost bioremediation as the use of a biological system of microorganisms in a mature, cured compost to sequester or break down contaminants in water or soil. The document also discusses remediation of soils contaminated by heavy metals, organics, and petroleum hydrocarbons; addresses vapor-phase biofiltration; and includes references and sources for additional information.
 Description: No Congressional mandate exists for EPA to establish landfill standards that represent state-of-the-art technology. New landfills and lateral expansions of existing landfills must meet a performance standard based on releases to groundwater or be constructed with a liner and leachate collection system. Existing landfills may be lined or unlined (i.e., they are not required to retrofit liner systems). All landfill units must monitor releases, take corrective action in the event of a release, and meet post-closure care requirements. EPA requires financial assurance for all landfills by April 1997. The deadline may be extended for one year if the owner or operator has insufficient time to comply. Composting is a form of recycling. The solid waste management hierarchy considers source reduction to be the preferred solid waste management option, followed by recycling (including composting), combustion (with energy recovery), and landfilling. EPA has two on-going studies on resource recovery. An ORD study to develop a life-cycle inventory database and decision-support tool for solid waste managers and a study to develop a greenhouse gas emissions inventory for municipal solid waste.
12/09/1996Recyclable and Compostable ClaimsMemo
 Description: EPA opposes unqualified claims of "recyclability" and "compostability". The principles of the Federal Trade Commission's "Guide for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims" from July 1992 should be maintained. Messages such as "glass recycles" and "please recycle" found on beverage containers accompanied by the chasing arrows symbol are deceptive. EPA is concerned about resin codes not effectively identifying all the different types of plastic resins. Reused or reconditioned parts would more likely meet the RCRA defintion of source reduction than recycling. Reconditioned parts would meet the RCRA definition of recovered material for the purposes of RCRA 6002.
05/01/1996Reusable News Bulletin (April/May 1996)Publication
 Description: This issue of Reusable News announces the availability of three 1996 Buy-Recycled Series fact sheets on transportation products, park and recreation products, and non-paper office products, and a directory of on-line resources for recycling and composting.
 Description: Composting can be a source reduction or recycling. A federal permit is not required for composting facilities. Many markets are available for compost products. Discusses the percentage of yard trimmings recycled in municipal compost piles.
05/15/1994Composting, Yard Trimmings, and Municipal Solid WastePublication
 Description: Examines planning, siting, designing, and operating composting facilities. Discusses planning; basic composting principles; collection methods; processing methods, technologies, and odor control; facility design and siting; environmental, health, and safety concerns; state legislation and initiatives; potential end-users; product quality and marketing; community involvement; and economics. Appendices include additional sources of information on composting, composting equipment, and glossary of compost terms.
11/15/1993Markets for CompostPublication
 Description: This document describes factors affecting the current supply and demand for compost and provides information on future market trends. It also discusses the role of composting in municipal solid waste management and the need for developing compost markets; reviews characteristics and benefits of compost and competing/complementary products and compost uses and markets; examines factors pertinent to developing compost markets, economic and noneconomic barriers to developing compost markets, and strategies to mitigate and overcome barriers to developing compost markets. The appendix provides examples of existing programs and markets.
06/01/1993Reusable News (Summer/Fall 1993)Publication
 Description: This issue of Reusable News describes how recycling offers opportunities for economic development. It also includes articles about grocery store composting, paper procurement guidelines, household hazardous waste conference, bottle deposit systems, degradable ring rule, extension of small landfills, Trashasaurus Rex, and international packaging legislation.
01/01/1993Reusable News (Winter/Spring 1993)Publication
 Description: This issue of Reusable News celebrates the fourth anniversary of Reusable News with a cover story on the Buy Recycled Business Alliance. It also describes Georgia's new composting program, the management of packaging waste in Europe, and the success of federal recycling programs, and features a center spread on organizations engaged in materials exchange efforts.
01/15/1991Environmental Fact Sheet: Yard Waste CompostingPublication
 Description: This document presents EPA's recommendation for composting yard wastes instead of putting them in landfills and provides how-to information.
03/01/1990Reusable News (Spring 1990)Publication
 Description: This issue of Reusable News describes school recycling programs in the cover story. It also includes articles on how Congress sees a bumper crop of municipal solid waste management bills, loans help small businesses curb pollution, a look at plastic waste, how to build your own compost pile, and junk your junk mail.
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