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Tues, 1/26 Noon

Opening Plenary
Trade 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

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

B1: Diverting Organics:
Composting Challenges in the Workplace.

Learn what some companies were doing before the pandemic to incorporate organics recycling in their workplaces, from large office buildings with breakrooms to back of house kitchen composting where cafeterias serve employees and customers.

Panelists will include a composter, a collector, and representatives from the USCC’s Corporate Composting Leadership Council

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 our Market, Expand your Sales"

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

Tues, 1/26
Round 2

A2: Efficient Operations
This year’s live Question and Answer session with experienced panel of operators will focus on efficiency: How to analyse your operation and identify inefficiencies that are costing you money

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

C2: Food Safety
Understand how the Produce Safety Rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act may affect you:
- current FDA risk assessment and associated research efforts.
- 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

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, so is in an excellent position to provide a comparison among them. Then 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"

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 of these:
Persistent Herbicide and PFAS

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

Wed, 1/27
Round 4

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

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 the 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, but compost figures prominently as part of the solution, especially as part of increasing organic matter in the soil. Learn how applying compost to rangeland in California is working in theory and practice, and 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

Closing keynote (tba) and virtual happy hour