The 4th Annual New York State Organics Summit will take place March 27th - 28th, 2018 at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel in Poughkeepsie, NY. This yearly event engages stakeholders from across the state in facilitative discussion aimed at developing creative solutions to barriers that restrict the sustainable management of organics materials (i.e. food scraps, yard waste, manure, etc.). The end goal is to significantly increase diversion of organics from landfills by increasing donation of edible food, and by increasing organics recycling through composting, anaerobic digestion, and other processes.

This year’s summit will focus on organic collection challenges from the generators perspective, large scale composting equipment, community composting, food recovery, residential food waste reduction, and much more. Participating in the summit is an opportunity to connect with NYS material management processionals from a variety of sectors, and to develop innovative organics management strategies for your community.



Date: March 27th - 28th, 2018
Venue: Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel
Address: 40 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Other: Community Composting Company will serve as this year's food scraps hauler. Learn more at

With topics including:
- Organics Collection Challenges
- Large Scale Composting Equipment
- Community Composting
- Food Recovery
- Residential Food Waste Reduction
- And more!



We are excited to announce our keynote speaker for the 2018 Organics Summit is Amity Lumper. Based out of the greater Seattle area, Amity is Co-President and Director of Cascadia Consulting Group’s Recycling and Materials Management practice. With 20 years of experience, she has managed a university campus recycling program, supported waste characterization studies across the country, and collaborated with a wide range of municipal and corporate clients to reduce waste and advance sustainability goals. Amity holds an M.S. in Strategic Leadership in Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden, and a B.A. in Chemistry from Seattle Pacific University. She is also a trained provider of community-based social marketing services.

Registration (Early Bird will end COB March 14th, 2018)

Early Bird


Days 1 & 2 $100 $130
Day 1 Only $80 $110
Day 2 Only $40 $70
Day 2 Add-On* $20 $25

Days 1 & 2 $130 $160
Day 1 Only $110 $140
Day 2 Only $70 $100
Day 2 Add-On* $25 $30

*Day 2 Add-On (Lunch and/or Tour): For those looking to extend their summit experience, a hot lunch and/or tour of Poughkeepsie Farm Project is available at the end of Day 2 as an additional add-on package. 


USCC Young Professionals Networking Event

In collaboration with the U.S. Composting Council Young Professional’s Committee, and thanks to the generosity of Milton CAT, we will be offering a USCC Young Professional Networking Event Tuesday, March 27th 5:00 - 6:30 PM. This will be in conjunction with the Organics Summit cocktail hour giving you the opportunity to mingle amongst other USCC Young Professionals and summit attendees. Though you do not need to register for the whole summit to participate in the YP networking event, we encourage you to register and join us for the entire NYS Organics Summit! Please email if you intend on attending or have any questions, day-of walk-ins are also welcome.

Hotel Accommodations

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel at a discounted rate of $109 per night (plus applicable taxes). This reduced rate is available until the room block is full. 

To reserve a room, go to and click "Book A Room" in the upper right hand corner. Click "Book Your Room Now/Reservation Wizard". Fill our your information and enter promotional code ORGAN1. Available rooms are a king bed or two double beds. Room reservations include a full hot American style breakfast, wifi, parking, and a microwave and refrigerator.


Free parking will be provided by Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. When entering the garage, attendees will receive a parking ticket which will be validated during registration check in.

Sponsorship Opportunities

See our Vendor and Sponsorship opportunities below to see how you can help support the summit while boosting your presence to more than 150 materials management professionals. Please contact Kristine Ellsworth at with any questions or for more information.

Vendor Booth

$400 each

Breakfast (1 sponsorship available)


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Refreshment Break (2 sponsorships available)

$250 each

Evening Reception (1 sponsorship available)


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Tuesday Lunch (1 sponsorship available)


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Tour (1 sponsorship available)


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Additional Vendor & Sponsor Information Here