Gary Nihart

Gary Nihart

Gary Nihart

Speaker | Atlas Organics

Spartanburg, SC | gary.nihart@atlasorganics.net

Gary Nihart first entered the recycling industry as a student employee for Clemson University Recycling Services. After learning about the composting program that was experiencing trouble getting off the ground, he aided the leaders at Clemson’s facilities with management of the program. Under his leadership, the program grew and eventually won the Carolina Recycling Association’s Outstanding Organics Recycling Program for 2013. After leaving Clemson, Gary spent a year working for Vision Recycling in the San Francisco Bay Area. There he helped manage seven organics recycling facilities that processed over 50,000 tons of organics per year.

Gary has worked diligently over the few past years to develop Atlas Organics, Inc.’s public/private partnership composting model and begin to implement it in the Southeast. Gary’s leadership qualities have lead Atlas Organic’s operational team to new heights through the implementation of many new safety and efficiency systems. Gary earned a Bachelors of Science in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics and a Masters of Science in Applied Economics and Statistics from Clemson University. Gary served Chairman of the United States Compost Council (USCC) Young Professional Committee.

Session Name: Municipal Composting 1: Building and Financing Yard Debris Facilities

Session Time: Wednesday, January 29, 8:00 to 9:15 AM

Presentation Title: The Outsourcing Option: Pros and Cons

Presentation Description: When municipalities decide to compost yard waste, they have the option of outsourcing various aspects of the design, build, operations and more. This talk will discuss the various services a municipality might want to outsource and the various criteria they should consider when assessing there options.