Michael Robinson

Michael Robinson

Michael Robinson

Speaker | Rust Belt Riders

Cleveland, OH | (630) 207-3988 | michael@rustbeltriders.com

USCC Member

Michael Robinson has a Philosophy degree from Loyola University Chicago, has taken supply chain management courses through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, completed the Ohio Agriculture Research and Development Center’s Compost Operator Education Course, is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, and is a co-founder of Rust Belt Riders Composting.

Applying systems thinking to the production of both food and “food waste,” Michael is passionate about using this so-called waste stream to build a circular economy that improves food security while combating climate change. He is on the Steering Committee for the Community Composting Coalition, the Advisory Committee for the Food Access Raises Everyone (FARE) Project, and is an Environmental Leadership Program Fellow.

Presentation Title: Anastomosis: Partnering With Community Composting Organizations

Session: Making it Work: Improving Your Collection Programs

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

Presentation Summary: The presentation will begin by defining “community composting”, providing some examples of different operations from around the US. This will give the audience a shared understanding as the term is used moving forward.

From here I will talk about the genesis and growth of Rust Belt Riders over the past four years from a bicycle based operation working with community gardens to running a fleet of trucks and partnering with an industrial facility, Kurtz Brothers.

I will discuss the mutually beneficial relationship we have with Kurtz Brothers and how it has allowed us to grow organics recycling in northeast Ohio together. I will discuss the partnership between small and large scale operations more generally to demonstrate how community composters create technological, mechanical, and biological innovations in the industry, as well as develop novel value propositions to create markets where none previously existed.

The presentation will conclude by summarizing the importance of partnerships between small and large organizations to the growth of the organics collection and composting industry.