Thursday, June 09, 2011

Farmer's Market

Just a couple of photos of last week's Farmers Market.

Our waste collection station

Our fearless leader: Ski

Look for these signs at future events

This next week, we will have for sale bags of vermicompost and bottles of liquid compost extract as well as bags of our Premium Compost. If nothing else, stop by to check out our tumblers.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Demand Accountablity

Study: Biodegradable Products in Landfills May be Harmful

From Waste & Recycling News -- Biodegradable products, such as disposable cups and utensils, may be doing more harm than good in landfills, according to researchers from North Carolina State University.

The study, which was published online in Environmental Science & Technology, found that so-called eco-friendly products release a powerful greenhouse gas as they break down.

The problem is attributable to the rate at which biodegradable materials break down, the study found. According to Federal Trade Commission guidelines, products marked as biodegradable should decompose within "a reasonably short period of time" after disposal.

But that rapid deterioration may be environmentally harmful, the researchers found.

Federal regulations do not require landfills that collect methane to install gas collection systems for at least two years after the waste is buried. If materials break down and release methane too quickly, the study said, much of the methane will likely be emitted before the collection technology is installed. This means less potential fuel for energy use and more greenhouse gas emissions.

The researchers found that a slower rate of biodegradation is more environmentally friendly because the majority of the methane production will occur after the methane collection system is in place.

"Methane can be a valuable energy source when captured, but is a potent greenhouse gas when released into the atmosphere," said Morton Barlaz, co-author of the study and a professor and head of N.C. State’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, in a statement. "In other words, biodegradable products are not necessarily more environmentally friendly when disposed of in landfills."

So next time you buy yummy food from your favorite local cafe, ask them why they aren't offering recycling services (like those offered by us at Soilutions) for the premium biodegradable service ware they offering to look more green.