State Organics Recycling Measurement and Analysis

Quantifying overall organics recycling activity, and more specifically, composting activity, in the U.S. can be a challenge, as states have varying requirements on the categories of composting facilities that need state permits or are permit-exempt. The State Organics Measurement and Data Analysis works to make the apples and oranges data that states collect on organics recycling activities — composting and anaerobic digestion — intelligible and uniform. Led by Composting Collaborative founding partner BioCycle, the Measurement and Analysis study has several components: 1) Analysis of state organics recycling measurement and reporting requirements for local jurisdictions and waste authorities; 2) Assessment of state data on food waste composting; and 3) Food waste composting infrastructure update, including accepted feedstocks. This research builds on the findings of the BioCycle 2017 State of Organics Recycling In The U.S. report.