Speaker | Center for EcoTechnology
Northampton, MA | email@example.com
Coryanne Mansell, Strategic Services Representative, joined CET in 2015. Cory provides support to waste reduction programs including organizing and leading stakeholder engagement processes and conducting site visits to provide technical assistance. She builds key relationships, gathers data, and possesses an accurate understanding of the marketplace conditions for wasted food. Cory coordinated CET’s partnership with Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic to develop the toolkit for states and cities interested in implementing organic waste bans or recycling laws, and the partnership with BioCycle to create the Operational Guidance for Municipalities Food Scraps to a Yard Debris Composting Program.
Session Time: Wednesday, January 29, 1:45 to 3:15 PM
Presentation Title: Providing Operational Guidance for Municipalities adding Food Scraps to a Yard Debris Composting Program
Presentation Summary: The growing landscape of food waste legislation and sustainability related goals at the community, state, and national level, has fostered significant interest from municipalities to incorporate food waste diversion into their existing composting services. Many rural communities operate leaf and yard waste composting sites (or partner with private operators), and have interest in growing these programs to accept food waste. The expansion of these programs is often difficult and has led to a lot of open-ended questions among municipalities. In 2019, The Center for EcoTechnology (CET) and BioCycle has developed an informative Compost Site Operator Guidance document to help municipalities navigate the complexities of expanding a community food waste composting program. The document clarifies the decision making progress regarding site options, suitability of on-site vs. offsite management, evaluating the total cost of operation, and understanding the various intricacies of establishing a new food composting program. BioCycle and CET will present on the usefulness of this document, as well as specific strategies for municipalities to effectively implement these programs.