Kristine Ellsworth

Kristine Ellsworth

Kristine Ellsworth

Speaker | NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Albany, NY | kristine.ellsworth@dec.ny.gov

Kristine Ellsworth works for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation in the Organics Reduction & Recycling section. She graduated from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Foresty with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Resources Engineering. Our work revolves around four main pillars – regulatory oversight of organics recycling facilities, legislative advocacy, funding program development and outreach and education. Our team has been tasked with implementing and overseeing the NYS Food Donation & Food Scraps Recycling Law. 
I’m a planner of the NYS Organics Summit, presented at the Federation Conference in New York State, and have given numerous virtual presentations over the past year in relation to the NYS Food Donation & Food Scraps Recycling law.

Session Code: 3B

Track: Advocacy and Policy

Session Name: State Action; Zoning Guidelines

Session Time: Tuesday, January 25, 4:15 PM to 5:45 PM

Presentation Title: Growing the Organics Recycling Industry In New York State with Policy

Presentation Description: New York State is stepping up to the plate and pushing for the expansion of organics recycling efforts at all levels, but recent legislation and upcoming policy will push the industry forward even further.

Effective January 1, 2022, the NYS Food Donation & Food Scraps Recycling law requires businesses & institutions that generate an annual average of 2 tons of waste food per week or more to donate excess edible food and recycle all remaining food scraps if they are within 25 miles of an organics recycler (composting, AD, etc.). On June 1, 2021, NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released the list of businesses required to comply with the law.

In 2019, NYS passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act), setting nation leading climate targets. It will require New York to reduce economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and no less than 85 percent by 2050 from 1990 levels. The law creates a Climate Action Council charged with developing a scoping plan of recommendations to meet these targets and place New York on a path toward carbon neutrality. Of importance was the creation of the Waste Advisory Panel, a group of materials management professionals providing recommendations on the role of “waste” on climate change and the role that organics recycling among other initiatives can play.

New York State is also working on revising the State Solid Waste Management Plan which provides guiding recommendations at the state and local level and engages the private sector more fully in moving New York State beyond waste, especially as it relates to organic waste.