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REPLENISH

How do we preserve our precious resources for
future generations?


As a demonstration project of EDEN Delmarva, REPLENISH has in the past promoted the recovery of organic materials from Rehoboth Beach restaurants, and the City of Newark large food generators (“LFGs” for the creation of compost and soil additives that help serve local farmers with their crops.

DNREC Secretary Small Orders the Closure of the Peninsula Compost facility in Wilmington-October 21, 2014:

“...Because of the undue burden on the quality of life of residents in the City of Wilmington…particularly those living in close proximity to the facility, Peninsula Compost Company LLC of Wilmington is ordered to cease accepting any waste into the facility… All compost and related waste much be removed from the facility by March 31, 2015...” (DNREC Press Release: Tuesday, 10/21/14)

The overarching goals for the REPLENISH Program were to create public awareness that could lead to behavior change. EDEN took up the challenge to teach local businesses that handle food to reduce operations cost, (provided that they follow the REPLENISH training protocol) by diverting the organic material into the dumpster that we call “food waste”. This valuable material can be used by small businesses like farmers, landscapers, and green houses to reduce their operations cost. Currently, diversion of organic materials is limited due to Major Changes at Delaware’s two compost facilities. At EDEN, one of our goals for REPLENISH was to increase demand for compost in the agricultural community, and supporting continued efforts towards the compost industry’s success in Delmarva. Learning from the REPLENISH project, we began to see that not enough emphasis was place on the selling of compost from the two (2) compost manufacturing facilities in the state.

In 2014, just as the Peninsula Compost Group was closing it’s WORC Facility at the Port of Wilmington, EDEN has reached out to Dr. Gordon Johnson, a fruits and produce specialist at the University of Delaware at Carvel Center extension in Georgetown. He has agreed to work with EDEN on the “distribution” side of the compost challenge. Too many farmers still need to learn about how compost products can increase soil health over time. The Sustainable Farming Project is all about education and getting the word out to Farmers about how compost can impact soil health; and over time, increase crop yield.

The Future of REPLENISH is in Sustainable Farming for 2015-2017

Field Studies with the University of Delaware:

The closure of the Peninsula facility at the Port of Wilmington, and changes at Blue Hen Organics together created an obstacle for Organics Recycling in the State of Delaware and challenges REPLENISH from continuing to demonstrate environmental, economic and social benefits of “organics collection” in the State of Delaware. But hopefully this is not the end of the story. Based upon the pilot field studies performed by Dr. Gordon Johnson at the Carvel Research Center in 2014, there is a good opportunity for working on “organics distribution” by educating farmers and landscapers on the soil health benefits of compost, as a nutrient-rich organic material. REPLENISH and the University of Delaware will apply for the USDA NCRS grant in 2016 and the USDA SARE grant in 2017, to expand the compost field studies to other crops for a 2-3 year study; demonstrating the impact of compost on soil health and crop yield. In the meantime, the partnership between EDEN and the University of Delaware will continue field studies that contrast and compare different manufactured compost, purchased from Compost Facilities in Delaware and Pennsylvania.

Local candidates for the bio-conversion of the food waste are: Blue Hen Organics in Frankford, DE and Two Particular Acres, a compost facility in Royersford, Pennsylvania.

REPLENISH and its goal to “recover what we throw away” is at the forefront of the Mid-Atlantic region’s organics recycling for the Future. The achievements by REPLENISH will continue to make great strides toward the preservation of our valuable natural resources.

PRESS RELEASES


May 20, 2016 - Clean Water Forum

The Clean Water Forum will be held Friday, May 20th, 2016 from 8:30am - 4:30 pm at the Atlantic Sands Hotel, 101 N. Boardwalk, at the Ocean in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Our goal is to promote an open discussion by bringing together legislators, business owners, farmers, Environmentalists, and nutrient-management experts into one room for the purpose of finding solutions.
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August 29, 2011 - Local restaurants join movement to recycle organics

The farm-to-table movement has picked up momentum in the past few years. More and more restaurateurs are proudly featuring menu items with ingredients grown locally whether they be meat, seafood, fruits or vegetables. Less well known is the more recent – reversed - table-to-farm movement that completes the cycle by taking food wastes and other organic materials from restaurants and returning them to the farm in the form of rich compost fertilizer to grow more food.
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July 1, 2011 - Replenish Program Completes Circle of Life for the Restaurant Fare

Every night, thousands of people dine at restaurants in Sussex County, Del., particularly in the summer. And everynight, thousands of plates with food waste get scraped into garbage cans, where they are hauled away and added to the landfill - a landfill that isn't getting any bigger, but is certainly getting much fuller. Enter Replenish, a new project launching this summer by Energize Delaware Now (EDEN) program, a branch of the Delmarva Community Wellnet Foundation.
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June 2011 - The Longwood Foundation, DNREC and Constellation Energy fund the REPLENISH Program

Guided by the mission to demonstrate viable economic models which are in harmony with the environment, The Wellnet Foundation is launching REPLENISH.   As a demonstration project of EDEN Delmarva, REPLENISH promotes the recovery of organic materials from Rehoboth Beach restaurants for the creation of compost that helps serve local farmers with their crops.
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