Susan Thoman

Susan Thoman

Susan Thoman

Speaker | Compost Manufacturing Alliance

Port Orchard, WA | susan@composterapproved.com

Susan is the founder of the Compost Manufacturing Alliance (CMA), a composter owned services group providing technical review and field disintegration testing of compostable products within industrial composting systems across North America. Prior to CMA, Susan served for 14 years on the Cedar Grove Composting senior leadership team in Seattle, Washington, and for 15 years in various northwest regional corporate roles within the solid waste/recycling field. Susan served on the US Composting Council Board from 2015-2018, and currently serves on the Recycling Foundation board in Washington state.

Session Name: Addressing Physical Contamination: Case Studies and A Novel Approach

Session Time: Thursday, January 30, 8:30 – 10:00 AM

Presentation Title: Role of the Compost Manufacturer Alliance

Presentation Description: CMA’s presentation will cover its activities around “telling the story from the pile backwards” through its work in influencing food service product design, field work, findings from direct studies conducted by CMA, and educational efforts targeted to solid waste stakeholders and supply chain leaders on the challenges of contamination in feedstocks. CMA will also cover contamination work group activities, policy development and support around legislation to address contamination, and creating educational tools available through USCC as part of the Target Organics effort to assist harmonizing efforts and messaging around contamination.


Session Name: College and University Composting 2: Lessons from the Large(r) Campus

Session Time: Thursday, January 30, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Presentation Title: Employing Compostables for Food Waste Capture and Tonnage Diversion at University of Washington

Presentation Description: Session attendees will learn about the deployment of an “all compostables” model and the interesting facts around contamination reduction, tonnage diversion, and food recovery from the 2018 waste characterization study conducted my the Compost Manufacturing Alliance and funded by NatureWorks on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. Learn about the benefits to waste diversion, contamination reduction, and forward looking improvements to dine-in food service programs in large venues that keep compost feedstocks cleaner, avoid “come-along” contamination, and maximize food waste diversion.