Session schedule for VirtualCOMPOST2021: SHARING LOCAL SOLUTIONS GLOBALLY

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Tues, 1/26 Noon

Opening Plenary
Take a trip around the globe as international Compost Industry Leaders welcome you to VirtualCOMPOST2021!
**all times Eastern Standard Time and tentative

Concurrent Track

Track A: Operations

Track B: Collection | Policy | Research

Track C: Product Quality, Use and Markets

Tues, 1/26
Round 1
1:30-2:30

A1: Safety First!
As important as composting is, it is not worth getting hurt over! Learn the basic steps of the path to a Zero Injury Workplace with George Driver, Health & Safety Consultant

George Driver, Retired, "Safety First!"

B1: Diverting Organics:
Composting Challenges in the Workplace

Learn what is happening in sports venues, health care facilities and office settings both pre-pandemic and now, to bring composting to employees, customers and visitors.

Panelists will include:

Solange Ackrill of Club Coffee/PURPod, a member of the USCC’s Corporate Composting Leadership Council, who will discuss compostable pods and their impact on office workplace practices, both pre-pandemic and now.

Jack Brezee of Sutter Health System in California, who will talk about the program their hospital/health system put together in conjunction with a CalRecycle grant;

Brandon Hamilton of the Kansas City Chiefs, and the composting program they have put in place at Arrowhead Stadium.


C1: Building Markets
How can you grow your compost product market? You will hear about three approaches:
-Developing Value-Added Products
-Marketing to Hemp Growers
-Bidding on DOT Jobs: Do’s, Dont’s and Tips

Shota Austin, Tank's Green Stuff, "Product Development – Know your product, Know your Market, Expand your Sales"

Jim Davis, Atlas Organics, "Year 2 : Compost Use in Hemp Production in SC"

Tues, 1/26
Round 2
4:00-5:00

A2: Efficient Operations
This year's live Question and Answer session with an experienced panel of operators will focus on efficiency--How to analyse your operation and identify inefficiencies that are costing you money.
Panelists include:
Brian Fleury, WeCare Denali
Scott Gamble, Waste Management, Inc.
• Others TBA

B2: Research Updates
Join the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation for reports on key research they are supporting and encouraging

Anne H. Hallee, The Evergreen State College, Chemistry and Nutrient Management Studies, "Phosphorus Availability in Composts of Varying Feedstocks"

Robert Michitsch, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, "Composting deactivation of CWD prions"

C2: Food Safety
Understand how the Produce Safety Rule (PSR) of the Food Safety Modernization Act may affect you:
- learn current FDA risk assessment and associated research efforts
- learn benefits and challenges of using compost and identify science-based management strategies to minimize food safety risks

Donna Clements, Produce Safety Alliance, Cornell University, "Intersection of FSMA PSR with other industry standards and resources for the compost industry"

David Ingram, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, "FSMA PSR requirements – Subpart F (BSAAO) and how the compost industry can support growers"

Billy Mitchell, Local Food Safety Collaborative, "Paperwork necessary for the where, what, and how you source BSAAO"

Wed, 1/27
Round 3
12:00 -1:15

A3: Understanding Aeration
Interest in aerated composting systems has grown, especially in areas needing tighter controls of emissions. Denali Water operates different systems at their facilities and is in an excellent position to provide a comparison among them. Hear research into the pros and cons of high and low speed aeration floors.

Thomas Herlihy, WeCare Denali, "Design, Operational and Management Considerations in Large-Scale Systems Using Active Aeration"

Orion Black-Brown, Green Mountain Technologies, "Which is better? High Velocity or Low Velocity Aeration Floors"

B3: Infrastructure Development
The biggest impediment to diverting more organics is the "infrastructure gap." Listen to speakers from rural and urban states on the East and West coasts talk about their efforts to shrink the "compost deserts.

David Tieu, OC Waste & Recycling, "SB 1383 Case Study - Developing a Regional Organics Infrastructure in an Urban Setting"

Jairo Gonzalez, NJ Composting Council, "NJ's Organics waste infrastructure opportunities and challenges"

Natasha Duarte, Composting Association of Vermont, Inc., "Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law drives infrastructure development throughout the state."

C3: Considering Chemical Contamination
While physical contaminants like plastic and glass are obvious headaches for compost manufacturers, chemical contamination has been getting headlines around the country. Get updates and learn what you can do to protect yourself from two:
Persistent Herbicide and PFAS

Todd Williams, Jacobs Engineering, "PFAS in Biosolids Composts"

Dan Goosen, "Persistent Herbicide Issue and Advocacy Update"

Wed, 1/27
Round 4
3:00-4:15

A4: Physical Contamination
Some level of physical contamination is inevitable, but it is still the number one headache most composters complain about. Hear perspectives from three of our top equipment vendors on managing contamination

Session sponsored by:



Todd Dunderdale, Komptech Americas, "Contamination removal from compost"

Corey Rossen, Ecoverse, "Contamination-Free Compost After Food Waste Separation & Depackaging"

Ted Dirkx, Vermeer, "Overcoming Contamination: Top 10 Best Practices from around North America"

B4: Positioning and Petitioning: How to Succeed with Your Municipality
Community composting has seen rapid growth over the past decade. Hear two growing businesses share lessons learned that will be helpful to any group seeking to work with their local government

Hailey Benson, Elite Stardust Collective, "Petitioning and Lobbying for a Municipal Compost Program in your community"

Ben Parry, Compost Crew, "Positioning your business for success with municipalities"

C4: Addressing Climate Change
Climate change may be the existential crisis of our time. Compost figures prominently as part of the solution, especially as it plays a part in increasing organic matter in the soil. Learn how applying compost to rangeland in CAlifornia is working in theory and practice. And learn how to assess your own impacts.

Rebecca Ryals, University of California, Merced, "Assessing climate and soil health benefits of compost application to rangelands with steep slopes"

Erin Levine, Recology, "CA Central Valley rangeland carbon sequestration project"

Bill Brower, WeCare Denali, "Developing a greenhouse gas inventory for compost operations"

Wed, 1/27
5:00 -6:00

Closing keynote (tba) and virtual happy hour