Rhodes Yepsen

Rhodes Yepsen

Rhodes Yepsen

Speaker | BPI

New York, NY | exec.dir@bpiworld.org

USCC Member

Rhodes Yepsen is Executive Director of the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), a non-profit advocating for the scalable diversion of organic waste to composting, by verifying that products and packaging will break down in a professionally managed composting facility, without harming the quality of the compost. BPI is North America’s leading certifier of compostable products and packaging. Yepsen has served on the Board of USCC, and is an advisor to several sustainable packaging groups. He got his start in the composting world as an editor and writer at BioCycle magazine.

Session Name: PFAS–Understanding the Impact of Fluorinated Hydrocarbons on Compost Manufacturers

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

Presentation Title: Fluorinated Chemicals in Compostable Products: A Certifier’s Perspective

Presentation Description: Flourinated chemicals are increasingly a concern for composters.  Are foodservice items a potential source?   What are the implications for food waste collection programs that allow food-soiled paper and other compostable products?  BPI has updated it’s certification to help address some of these questions and concerns for composters.