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Thank you to those who participated in the 2020 Virtual NYS Organics Summit. We look forward to hosting you all in 2021! Please complete the following survey to let us know what you look forward to hearing about at the 2021 NYS Organics Summit.

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Save the Date for 2021: We look forward to bringing the Organics Summit back next year! Mark your calendar for April 6 – 7th, 2021 for the 2021 NYS Organics Summit in Albany, NY at the Albany Capital Center.

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Past Webinars:

Monday May 4th 2:00pm – 3:15: Bringing Food Scraps Drop Off Programs to Your Community

Food scraps drop-off programs are popping up across New York State with a call for more from residents and community leaders alike. Join in our discussion to learn the ins and outs of starting a food scraps drop-off program in your community.

Speakers:

  • Kristine Ellsworth (NYS DEC) | View Introduction Presentation

  • Emily Bachman (GrowNYC) | View Presentation
    Emily is the Compost Program Manager at GrowNYC, where she has overseen the expansion and operation of the nation’s largest network of food scrap drop-off sites for the last five years. She has worked closely with the NYC Department of Sanitation and NYC Compost Project to divert over 3 million pounds of food scraps from landfills each year by providing programs that make community-based composting convenient and accessible to all New Yorkers. Bachman is an AmeriCorps alum and a Masters of City & Regional Planning candidate at the Pratt Institute. 
  • Patti Capparelli (Rye Sustainability Committee) | View Presentation
    In 2017Patti Capparelli joined the Rye Sustainability Committee with a particular interest in zero waste. This group of volunteers is tasked by the City of Rye's City Council to implement the Rye Sustainability Plan and address significant environmental issues in the community. Shortly after joining, she saw Scarsdale’s Food Scrap Recycling presentation given by Michele Sterling and Ron Schulhof. Coincidentally, Linda Mackay saw the same presentation elsewhere. They were both wowed and determined to bring Food Scrap Recycling to Rye. Since then they’ve focused on gathering community support, increasing participation, and transitioning from a municipal pilot to a permanent food scrap drop-off program. Currently, Patti serves as Chair of RSC and oversees a Buy Nothing group in Rye. Also, she serves as an apprentice and steward for women’s transformational wilderness intensives in Spruce Knob, West Virginia through the Hero’s Journey Foundation. 
  • Linda Mackay (Rye Sustainability Committee) | View Presentation
    Linda Mackay, has lived in Rye NY for 25 years, where she and her husband have raised their two daughters. Over the years she has been a yoga instructor, as well as an active volunteer in the schools and many local organizations, including the past 5 years on the Rye Sustainability Committee. Climate change mitigation in the energy sector has been her major focus on the committee. She organized a Home Energy Efficiency Workshop and workshops on solar and Community Choice Aggregation. She is proud to have been instrumental in Rye becoming a Climate Smart Community in 2015 and a Clean Energy Community in 2018/19. The Clean Energy Community designation came with a $5000 grant, which was used to start a six month Food Scrap Recycling pilot program, that has gone from a pilot to a yearly service in Rye.

  • Susan Attridge (City of Buffalo) | View Presentation
    Susan is the Director of Refuse and Recycling for the City of Buffalo, a position she has held since 2013.  Prior to that, Susan was the Buffalo Area Manager for Abitibi Bowater, a recycled newsprint manufacturer where her task was to build a market of 1000 recycling drop off stations in the Buffalo Niagara market.  From 1995-2005, Susan was the Coordinator for the Office of Solid Waste for Erie County where she was instrumental in launching the first Residential Electronic Waste drop off program in the area.  Susan began her career with the New York State Legislature as a research associate and was tasked with outlining the solid waste disposal capacity crisis in New York State.

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Thursday May 7th 2:00pm – 3:15pm: Incorporating Food Scraps Into Your Yard Waste Composting Facility

Many communities operate leaf and yard waste composting sites (or partner with private operators), and have interest in growing these programs to accept food waste. The expansion of these programs is often difficult and has led to a lot of open-ended questions among operators, public and private alike. Come discuss the intricacies of establishing a new food scraps composting program.

Speakers:

  • Kristine Ellsworth (NYS DEC) | View Introduction Presentation

  • Nora Goldstein (BioCycle) | View Presentation
    Nora Goldstein is Editor of BioCycle, the Organics Recycling Authority (www.biocycle.net). BioCycle recently launched BioCycle CONNECT, a weekly e-newsletter for the organics recycling industry.  Nora has authored numerous articles on all facets of zero waste, food recovery and recycling, organics collection, composting and anaerobic digestion. She received the US Composting Council’s Hi Kellogg Award for Outstanding Service to the Composting Industry, and the American Biogas Council’s Biogas Visionary Award.

  • Cory Mansell (Center for EcoTechnology) | View Presentation
    Coryanne Mansell, Strategic Services Representative at Center for EcoTechnology (CET), provides support to waste reduction programs including organizing and leading stakeholder engagement processes and conducting site visits to provide technical assistance. She builds key relationships, gathers data, and possesses an accurate understanding of the marketplace conditions for wasted food. Cory coordinated CET’s partnership with Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic to develop a toolkit for states and cities interested in implementing organic waste bans or recycling laws, and the partnership with BioCycle to create the Community Toolkit for Adding Food Waste to a Yard Trimmings Compost Facility.

  • James McSweeney (Compost Technical Services) | View Presentation
    James is the author of Community-Scale Composting Systems, a comprehensive designer and practitioner’s manual for food scrap composters. He is founder of Compost Technical Services, a consulting practice that specializes in on-farm, commercial, and community-scaled organics recycling solutions, compost systems design, operational support, and composter education. Prior to Compost Technical Services, James was Senior Compost Specialist at the Highfields Center for Composting. He has developed and delivered compost operator trainings on behalf of both the State of Vermont and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with a focus on best management practices in food residuals composting. With a background in agroecology and permaculture, restoring ecological integrity to our cities, communities, farms, and food systems is at the heart of James’ work.

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Tuesday May 19th 12:30pm – 2:30pm: Managing Wasted Food: Lessons Learned Nationally and New York State’s Plan of Action

12:30 – 1:00pm: Virtual Vendor Booth 
InSinkErator invites you to learn about the Grind2Energy Food Scrap Recycling System.  They’re helping businesses such as universities, grocers, and sports venues participate in a local closed loop solution to divert their unavoidable food scraps from landfill.  They’ll showcase their IoT technology and customer dashboard.  You will automatically receive the invitation to this video conference call when you register for the Managing Wasted Food: Lessons Learned Nationally and New York State’s Plan of Action.

1:00-2:30pm
Join us as Nora Goldstein discusses the national trends of organics recycling, how New York State fits into the national picture and what she sees as the future of the organics recycling industry. Sally Rowland will then follow up with updates on the recently passed NYS Food Donation and Food Scraps Recycling law - where we are and where we need to go by 2022.

Speakers:

  • Nora Goldstein (BioCycle) Nora Goldstein is Editor of BioCycle, the Organics Recycling Authority (www.biocycle.net). BioCycle recently launched BioCycle CONNECT, a weekly e-newsletter for the organics recycling industry.  Nora has authored numerous articles on all facets of zero waste, food recovery and recycling, organics collection, composting and anaerobic digestion. She received the US Composting Council’s Hi Kellogg Award for Outstanding Service to the Composting Industry, and the American Biogas Council’s Biogas Visionary Award.
  • Sally Rowland (NYS Department of Environmental Conservation) | View Presentation
    Sally works in the Organics Reduction and Recycling Section of the Division of Materials Management at NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Sally has been with DEC for 34 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and a Master’s and PhD in Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer. She is a licensed professional engineer in New York State.     

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