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BETTER WAY: Brendan Loflin started Rhodeside Revival to make it easy for clients to divert food waste from the state’s landfill in Johnston. / PBN PHOTO/DAVID HANSEN

Curbside food-waste collection

In the final year of his studies at the University of Rhode Island, Brendan Loflin wanted to do something meaningful but wasn’t sure how.“Other...
FINISHED PRODUCT: Sam Fox, a former assistant manager at Earth Care Farm in Charlestown, shows a handful of finished compost. The farm is the state’s largest facility at which commercial-scale food-waste producers can divert materials to keep them out of the Central Landfill in Johnston.
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PBN on WJAR-TV, July 30, 2018

With its only landfull nearing capacity, Rhode Island is off to a slow start trying to curb food waste Every week, PBN Editor Mark S....
COMPOST CENTRAL: Jayne Merner Senecal, owner of Earth Care Farm in Charlestown, the largest commercial-scale licensed composting facility in the state, with Jeff Glover, farm support, who is holding a grabber and bucket that he uses to clean the piles of unwanted items. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Does Rhode Island have right approach on food waste?

Tucked in a residential neighborhood of mostly rural Charlestown is the state’s largest commercial-scale compost-processing facility.Second-generation Earth Care Farm owner Jayne Merner Senecal, whose...
COMPOSTING CHAMPIONS: Frank Mastrobuono, left, and Mike Kowalczyk are the co-founders of Earthly, a Providence-based food-waste-management and composting company that recently took first place in the New England Cannabis Convention’s Pitch Slam. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

An Earthly plan for food waste

Frank Mastrobuono, a former environmental scientist, always considered himself the “outdoorsy type.”He used his “drive to go back to business school” to start a...
CLEAN AND GREEN: Nat Harris washes The Compost Plant's truck after food scraps were dumped on a compost pile at Earth Care Farm in Charlestown. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Will R.I. be ready for mandate on composting?

Rhode Island may not be ready for a new statewide composting law that goes into effect Jan. 1, with two needed food-waste-to-energy facilities yet...

EcoRI Earth diverts 40,000 pounds of material from Central Landfill

PROVIDENCE – EcoRI Earth, a residential food scrap-collection program serving Providence and Pawtucket, has diverted 40,000 pounds of nutrient-rich material from the state’s Central...
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