Workshop Instructor | Windham Solid Waste Management District
Athena Lee Bradley is the Programs Manager for Windham Solid Waste Management District and a contractor for the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC). Athena organizes and is an instructor for organics and food scrap management, composting, and manure management trainings, as well as provides technical assistance to businesses, public agencies, schools, communities, and households. She has written several organics management guidance documents and numerous other instructional materials. Athena attended the Maine Compost School and other compost operator trainings; she has a M.S. in Environmental Studies and M.A. in Environmental Policy. She is currently the Project Lead for NERC’s USDA Rural Utilities Services funded project – “Implementing Rural Community Composting in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont.”
Presentation Title: WORKSHOP 3 (FULL DAY): Community Food Scrap Composting—Path To Success
Time: Tuesday, January 28, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Workshop Summary: This is designed to be a hands-on training for community food scrap composting. The technical aspects of community composting to be covered include: 1) Siting and planning small scale operations—locations include community gardens, schools, businesses, churches, food pantries, farms, recreational areas, housing developments; 2) “System Support”—compost team/staff recruitment, retention, duties, and training; communication (team, site, signage, etc.); identifying community or neighborhood resources, strengths, opportunities, and challenges; building community support and good neighbor practices; and fundraising; 3) Community Scale Compost Systems—from tumblers to worm bins; 4) Sizing operations to stay within state regulations and how this translates into site and system needs, capacity, volunteer/staff duties, etc.; 5) Sourcing the right materials; and 6) Ensuring success: BMPs – fromsite inspection to process management and maintenance.