Coryanne Mansell

Coryanne Mansell

Coryanne Mansell

Speaker | Center for EcoTechnology

Northampton, MA | coryanne.mansell@cetonline.org

Coryanne Mansell is the Strategic Services Representative at the Center for EcoTechnology (CET). Cory supports CET’s Wasted Food Solutions efforts by leading stakeholder engagement processes and providing on-site technical assistance to businesses and institutions. On behalf of CET, Cory also led the development of Bans and Beyond: Designing and Implementing Organic Waste Bans and Mandatory Organics Recycling Laws in partnership with Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, and the Community Toolkit: Adding Food Waste to a Yard Trimmings Compost Facility in partnership with BioCycle Connect. Cory is Co-Chair of the Outreach Committee within the USCC Young Professionals Group, and Chair of the Education and Outreach Committee for NJ Composting Council.

Session Name: Accepting and Rejecting Guidance and Experience; The Road to Addressing Issues

Session Time: Tuesday, January 25, 8:15 AM to 9:45 AM

Presentation Title: Considering Perspectives on the Decision to Accept Compostable Products

Presentation Summary: When it comes to compostable products, generators and processors may view the decision to use these materials differently. Center for EcoTechnology (CET) will present industry trends from the perspective of food businesses and compost sites as they decide to accept compostable products.
As a neutral third party, CET has extensive experience serving as a bridge between generators and their composters as these entities navigate considerations and parameters for acceptable items while seeking opportunities to maximize organics diversion. While decision-makers at businesses debate between compostable, recyclable, or reusable service ware options, processors are left with considerations of contamination, operational logistics, and consumer education. With entities such as Green Blue, BPI, and CMA focusing on supporting the development of innovative compostable wares, decision-makers are left asking when is the right place and time for utilizing these products?

Attendees will learn about:

Factors that compost sites and generators are taking into consideration when establishing lists of acceptable items. Why there has been a trend for composters to begin accepting these materials only to remove these items from the list at a later date. Evolutions in the industry, which may signal that it is time to reassess accepting these materials. Navigating options for compostable, recyclable, and/or reusable to-go products.

The Center for EcoTechnology (CET) is an environmental nonprofit that helps people and businesses save energy and reduce waste. CET is partnered with federal agencies such as the EPA and USDA, and state partners including MassDEP, RI DEM, and CT DEEP to help support state and national goals for recycling and food waste reduction. CET offers one-on-one program design and implementation for businesses and institutions and develops tools utilized by businesses nationally.