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April 2017 News

President's Message

Dear Members,

You may have noticed recent change with the Washington Organic Recycling Council. During the last three years we have been working hard to grow WORC as the organics recycling industry leader in Washington and have expanded our influence significantly.

The WORC board, as always, has been working quite hard for our membership and we are now successfully disseminating that information to our members. I hope that you have seen our quarterly newsletters that include interesting articles and information on various topics....


Board Member Spotlight

Sam Schaefer-Joel, WA St. Dept. of Agriculture

Sam Schaefer-Joel has been on the WORC Board since 2014 and currently serves as the Material Input Coordinator for the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) Organic Program.

Sam grew up in Olympia, WA and has a B.S. in Biochemistry and an M.S. in Plant Biology.  He has been working in the field of Organic Material Review since 2011 and has a lifelong fascination with the alchemy of transforming wastes into resources through composting and anaerobic digestion.

Being on the WORC Board helps keep Sam informed of current issues in organics recycling that affect certified organic growers and manufacturers of agricultural input products. In turn, Sam provides the Board with knowledge of USDA Organic Regulations and WSDA policies as they relate to organics recycling.

Member Spotlight

Rexius Forest By-Products

Rexius Forest By-Products joined the WORC membership in 2017.   Although new to WORC, Rexius has been in the organics recycling business for over 80 years and employs over 200 people. Rexius provides an integrated suite of services ranging from composting and delivery to irrigation and landscaping services.

Rexius is headquartered in Eugene but also offers delivery and blower application services throughout the Portland Metro region.

Rexius currently has five potting soil and compost products registered for use in organic production with the Washington State Department of Agriculture Organic Program.

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In the News

The Compost King of New York
With a million tons of organic waste to manage each year, New York City is looking for solutions to the disposal issue. Anaerobic digestion could be part of the solution.
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Professionally Certifying Compost Operations Managers
USCC has launched a new compost certification program for compost operations managers.
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Swedish Supermarkets Replace Sticky Labels with Laser Marking
This trial run is designed to eliminate packaging, but could be a boon for composters.
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NorthWest Biosolids BioBull Library
WORC members can sign in to the Members section of the Northwest Biosolids site with the following log-in information.  Once you're there, click on Member Access menu item on the top navigation pane and scroll down to access to the searchable Information Portal that includes their entire Resource Library, eBulletin blogs and informational materials.
User - member                        Password - nwbiosolids17
Please note that Northwest Biosolids will be assigning custom logins in the future so that members can directly request articles from the Information Portal.  In the interim, you can send your requests for articles directly to Sally Brown.

Contact for a copy of the Northwest Biosolids March eBulletin.

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