2018 Organics Summit Presentations

Tuesday - March 27, 2018

9:00 - 10:00 Breakfast & Vendor Show

10:00 - 10:15 Welcome & Introductions

10:15 - 11:15 Keynote Speaker: Amity Lumper (Cascadia Consulting Group)

Amity will feature West Coast developments across the organics value chain – from
wasted food prevention to curbside organics collection and processing to compost product
end markets. She will share lessons learned, successes, challenges, and trends
emerging in communities across the other coast.

11:15 - 12:15 Best Practices for Organics Collection and Management: Lessons from NYC

New York City manages both commercial and residential food scraps recycling programs.
This is a chance to better understand the challenges and successes of implementing and
expanding these programs, and what that might mean going forward for NYC, and the rest
of the State.

  • Kate Kitchener (NYC Department of Sanitation) - presentation unavailable
  • Samantha MacBride (NYC Department of Sanitation) - presentation unavailable

12:15 - 1:15 Lunch

1:15 - 2:30 Processing Equipment for Large Scale Composting

As composting operations grow, equipment plays an important role in the efficiency,
functionality and quality of the composting system and therefore the compost. This panel
will discuss key decision points in choosing processing equipment, and how these choices
can transform the composting operation.

1:15 - 2:30 Community Composting Challenges and Solutions

As the community composting network continues to grow nationwide, there are
increasing opportunities for community-based composting efforts to take root in NYS.
Hear from experts on the challenges in setting up and running a community-based
programs as well as the challenge of keeping and using compost locally.

2:30 - 3:00 Vendor Show & Refreshments

3:00 - 4:00 Challenges and Best Practices from Generators

Hear from three food service providers talk about what they’re doing to prevent wasted
food and increase food scraps recycling.

4:00 - 5:00 Organics Recycling Programs around the State

Facilitated discussion and sharing of successes and challenges across the State. This
is a rich opportunity to share and learn with the many experts and novices in the room.

5:00 - 5:05 Closing Remarks

6:30 Dinner

Wednesday - March 28, 2018

7:30 - 8:25 Breakfast & Vendor Show

8:25 - 8:30 Welcome & Introductions

8:30 - 9:30 Local Food Recovery: Lessons from Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley, known for its orchards and beautiful landscape, is also growing as
a food recovery hub in New York State. Learn how local organizations are working to
rescue excess food and forming partnerships with each another as they do it.

9:30 - 10:30 Residential Food Waste Reduction: Tips & Tools

Helping residents to reduce the amount of edible food they throw away is one of the best
ways to reduce their environmental impact and has the added benefit of saving households
money! We will explore available outreach tools and hear about a program that uses these
tools to help influence behavior.

9:30 - 10:30 Story of a Food Waste Generator: Tips & Tools for Starting from Scratch

Walk through the process that commercial/institutional waste generators go through when
initiating a diversion program. Tips, tools, and real business examples will be included
along the way.

10:30 - 11:00 Vendor Show & Refreshments

11:00 - 12:00 For the Fund of It: Advancing Organics Diversion in NYS Communities

New York State has more financial opportunities for food donation and food scraps
recycling than ever before. See how three municipalities are applying this funding to
advance organics diversion in their communities.

12:00 - 12:15 Final Remarks