April 13, 2017 – Imagine 7,000 gallons of cow manure. It smells. Brett Reinford’s dairy farm in Central Pennsylvania has 700 cows, and that’s how much manure those cows squeeze out every day. “We had gotten complaints from neighbors in the past that had said, ‘Hey, it stinks too much, can you do something about it?'” Reinford says. So he looked around for a solution and landed on a device called a digester. A digester tamps down the smell a bit, but, more importantly, it takes all that cow poop and converts it to electricity.
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April 13, 2017 – Carrefour has taken a big step in its biomethane initiative, opening its first bioNGV service station. The new facility will play a part in allowing the French multinational retailer to expand its fleet of vehicles running on biomethane. By the end of 2017, Carrefour aims to have nine bioNGV service stations throughout France, enabling 200 lorries to make clean, silent deliveries to 250 urban stores in Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Marseille and the French capital, Paris.
April 14, 2017 – QED Environmental Systems, Dexter, Michigan, offers the Landtec GEM5000 series as part of the QED line of environmental products. The popular GEM5000 is designed specifically for monitoring landfill gas collection and control systems (GCCS). With the ability to sample and analyze the methane, carbon dioxide and oxygen content of landfill gas (LFG), users only need to take one instrument to the landfill site.
April 14, 2017 – Gas Natural Fenosa (GNF) and Natgas have opened the first Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refueling station in the central Mexican city of Aguascalientes, part of a network of four stations that is intended to open in the State (of the same name) for an investment of 125 million pesos (USD 6.75 million), reports local news source Hidrocálidodigital.
April 17, 2017 – SCS Field Services will operate, monitor and maintain landfill gas collection and control systems at three closed landfills in Placer County. SCS Field Services, Long Beach, California, has been retained by Placer County, California, to meet the operational goals set by Placer County Air Pollution Control District, as well as other regulatory agencies, at the closed Meadow Vista, Loomis and Eastern Regional Landfills.
April 19, 2017 – The Internal Revenue Service has published guidance pertaining to the Section 45 Production Tax Credit for 2017. The PTC, last extended under the Obama administration in late 2015, provides a per-kilowatt-hour tax credit for electricity generated by qualified energy resources and sold to an unrelated entity during the taxable year. Via the last extension, qualified facilities must have begun construction by the IRS prior to January 1, 2017.
April 19, 2017 – When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives you more than a thousand gallons of mayonnaise that’s not fit for cafeteria use, make electricity? That’s what you’d do if you’re Michigan State University Culinary Services Sustainability Officer Cole Gude, anyway. After recently taking delivery of 500 Costco-sized 2.5-gallon tubs of mayonnaise, the University started getting complaints from students to whom it had been served. Investigations confirmed that the mayo had gone south due to being frozen and thawed somewhere along the line.
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April 19, 2017 – The suite of systems are designed to address initiatives related to zero waste, job creation and the circular economy. Seattle-based Impact Bioenergy has two new anaerobic digestion systems in production—one for a corporate campus catering operation and one for a small farm that produces chicken, eggs and pork. “Domestic and international demand is unprecedented. With our 100-day lead time for delivery, we are now booking out to March 2018,” says Jan Allen, CEO.
April 19, 2017 – Waste is this industry’s most available and most widely utilized feedstock. To be fair, it is also the most broadly defined. Standard curbside household garbage is everyone’s mental picture of waste, but raw sewage, construction and demolition debris, urban wood waste, restaurant food waste, waste greases, unopened and spoiled food products, oat hulls, barley residuals and innumerable other materials fall into this broad category.
April 19, 2017 – The nonprofit ReFED has released two new interactive tools aimed at improving understanding and collaboration around its goal of reducing food waste in the U.S. The Food Waste Innovator Database features a map with information on more than 400 commercial or nonprofit entities involved in reducing and recovering wasted food. These groups are broken into 13 categories related to prevention, recovery and recycling.
April 19, 2017 – Waste360 recently spoke with McKay about what he has experienced working in both the U.S. and Canada and how he has helped the City of Toronto make the switch to renewable natural gas. Jim McKay, general manager of solid waste management services for the City of Toronto, found his way into the field more than 15 years ago when he discovered a passion for solid waste and recycling at a job offered to him following his participation in a co-op program.
April 19, 2017 – “Close the Dumpsites” campaign seeks to close the world’s 50 largest dumpsites by 2030. On Earth Day 2017, which is taking place Saturday, April 22, The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Silver Spring, Maryland, in partnership with the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), Vienna, Austria, urges supporters to sign the declaration to close the world’s 50 largest dumpsites.