Allan Gerlat, News Editor

November 17, 2014

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Global Green Partners with California City for Food Recycling Pilot Program

Environmental Group Global Green USA is partnering with the city of Albany, Calif., to launch a pilot food waste recycling program.

The Santa Monica-based Global Green said it is launching pilot programs with the city and its Coalition for Resource Recovery (CORR) in select buildings to collect key data, test products and support the broader rollout of food scrap recovery across the region, according to a news release.

The pilot system includes the use of water-resistant paper bags for compost recovery, which the organizations believe will lead to greater participation while ensuring that composters in the region can process the waste into high-value soil products. The availability of compost also can help the region’s farms reduce irrigation needs.

“The Bay Area has been an incredible leader in many green urban practices, including food scrap recovery, which makes this community a perfect partner as we develop guidance and toolkits for cities and property owners,” said Lily Kelly, senior program associate for Global Green and the project’s coordinator. “We are able to help East Bay families living in apartments divert their food scraps back into their local food system while getting useful data along the way that demonstrate reduced greenhouse gas emissions.”

Food scraps account for 43 percent of landfilled waste from California’s Alameda County’s multifamily residences.

Global Green organized the initial donation of bins and bags to the buildings from CORR members. CORR member Orbis Corp. also donated dozens of small kitchen countertop bins to the pilot households.



About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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