Dana D’Souza

Dana D’Souza

Dana D’Souza

Speaker | SERA Skumatz Economic Research Associates, Inc.

Superior, CO | (303) 494-1178 | dsouza@serainc.com

Dana D’Souza has over 10 years of experience in solid waste program and policy analysis with the research firm Skumatz Economic Research Associates. As a project manager and senior analyst, she has conducted work for national and international clients with projects from California to New York, and was recently the lead for an economic impact analysis of compost and food scrap diversion for a Midwest state. Dana has extensive experience in researching and conducting benchmarking work, compost market analysis with detailed case studies, and best management practices for organics collection programs. She has written articles for Resource Recycling, and given presentations at regional, national, and international conferences.

USCC Member

Presentation Title: Food / Organics Programs: Making it Work

co-authors: Maria Linderoth

Session: Making it Work: Improving Your Collection Programs

Time: Wednesday, January 30, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Presentation Summary: Food represents a huge portion of the remaining disposal stream, and the largest opportunity for progress in both the residential and commercial sector. Which are the most effective –and cost-effective –options? We recently conducted a series of residential and commercial projects in states across the nation, geared toward exploring the best options. We examined the best performers and examples in the following areas:
•Residential options
•Commercial strategies
•Bans, mandates, and State legislation
•Strategies to address siting complications
Whether or not one has already implemented a program, is just thinking about a program, or does not know the first thing about food scraps recovery, this presentation will share information designed to help spur the growth of these programs using lessons learned from other communities to become as successful and sustainable as possible.

What attendees will get from the session:
Outcomes / Lessons: Attendees will take home reliable, transferable information to guide specific decision-making on organics collection programs –guidance that is based on quantitative analysis of real-world, operating programs and their performance.