Taking “Sorting” To the Next Level

March 15, 2012


Portlandia fans may have noticed a nod to recycling with their clip, “Sanitation Twins.” Like most episodes, they take a regular situation – recycling sorting – to the highest level. Ahh, Portlandia, where coffee shops have four recycling bins for their cups, including rose bins for straws with lipstick. Satire aside, anyone who has implemented Read more...

2 Harvest Host Cities are 2012 Sustainable Communities Award Winners

March 8, 2012

Congratulations to Vancouver and New Westminster, British Columbia, both home to Harvest facilities, and both of which were recently named 2012 Sustainable Communities! The awards, which have been distributed by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) since 2000, celebrate best practices in sustainable community development. New Westminster won in the “Brownfields” category for its project Read more...

“Throw in the Know” – Four Tips for Savvy Sorting

February 16, 2012


At Harvest Power, we talk a lot about Source Separated Organics, Zero Waste programs, and putting organic materials to their highest and best use. The beauty of these programs are that the power to make a difference lies in our hands: By sorting our waste efficiently – food scraps, yard trimmings, recycling, and landfill-bound materials Read more...

Flatbread Pizza: Renewal Through Compost

February 16, 2012

According to its website, Flatbread Pizza’s mission is “providing both guests and employees a place to ‘renew their spirit.’” But spirits aren’t the only thing this delicious pizza company wants to influence: Flatbread also does its part to renew the environment. The company is a pioneer in the local, organic restaurant scene: Flatbread understands the Read more...

Harvest Power presents at USCC Annual Conference: January 17-20 Austin, TX

January 17, 2012

US Composting Council Conference

Everyone is excited about this year’s 20th Annual US Composting Council Conference and Tradeshow at the Renaissance Hotel in Austin, TX. The conference will feature workshops, training courses, tours, and a trade-show dedicated to composting, wood waste and organics recycling. Several Harvest representatives are amongst the key industry presenters. The USCC Conference, for those that don’t know Read more...

Waste-to-Energy Technology Act aims to reduce US dependency on fossil fuels

September 1, 2011


The Waste-to-Energy Act of 2011 (H.R. 66) is legislation recently introduced by Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, and passed to the House Ways and Means Committee.  It would provide a 30% investment tax credit to those who invest in qualified waste to energy facilities. Qualifying facilities would use feedstocks such as municipal solid waste and would Read more...

How about making “Back to School” Green?

August 29, 2011

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50 millions students who each generate about 240 pounds of waste per year are returning to school.  The average elementary school generates close to 19,000 pounds of lunch waste alone in a year.  Less than a third of students who live within a mile of school walk or ride bikes regularly.  We can do better!   Read more...

Student documentary tackles waste management: “Away: A Story of Trash”

July 25, 2011

trash drawing index

What does the average American think “throwing away” garbage really means?  A fascinating new documentary from a team of St. Petersburg College students answers this question while addressing a broad range of issues around the subject of waste management.   Video production students teamed with PBS affiliate WEDU to produce and air a 30-minute television documentary Read more...

Food Scrap Collection at Events (taking care at the fair!)

July 21, 2011

festival index

While most of us think of recycling in homes or businesses, increasingly people are finding ways to recycle at events.   There is considerable waste generated at fairs, conferences, sporting events, concerts, trade shows and other indoor and outdoor gatherings. Communities are beginning to take formal steps to help event producers minimize waste, recycle where Read more...

Great ideas to minimize or reduce waste

July 1, 2011

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Have you ever wondered why you need a new package every time you buy anything at the grocery store?   Retail Wire, an online discussion forum covering the U.S. retail industry had a fascinating story about a new company launching what they are calling  “the first package-free and zero waste grocery store in the United States,” Read more...

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