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The 6th annual NYS Organics Summit: Food as a Resource – Expanding Opportunities will take place April 7–8, 2020 at Albany Capital Center in downtown Albany, NY. This yearly event is an opportunity to connect with over 150 NYS materials management professionals to share success stories and discuss creative solutions to barriers that restrict the sustainable management of organic materials, with a specific focus on wasted food and food scraps.

This year’s summit will focus on the following and more...

  • Food Donation and Food Scraps Recycling law
  • Strengthening compost markets
  • Expanding yard waste composting facilities to process food scraps
  • Depackagers and their role moving forward
  • Food Scraps Drop Off Spots
  • Successful community outreach
  • Wasted food reduction



Date: April 7 – 8, 2020
Venue: Albany Capital center
Address: 55 Eagle St. Albany NY 12207


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Registration & Pricing

*Early Bird Registration ends March 24, 2020 at midnight*

  Early Bird Registration Normal Registration
NYSAR3 Member Day 1 & 2 $120 $150
Day 1 $90 $120
Day 2 $60 $90
Day 2 Add on - Lunch $30


Day 2 Add on - Lunch & Tour $30 $35
Non Member

Day 1 & 2

$160 $190
Day 1 $130 $160
Day 2 $90 $120
Day 2 Add on - Lunch $30 $35
Day 2 Add on - Lunch & Tour $35 $40
Student Day 1 & 2 $60
Day 1  $45
Day 2 $30
Day 2 Add on - Lunch $25
Day 2 Add on - Lunch & Tour $30


Register Here


Vendor and Sponsorship Opportunities

See our vendor and sponsorship opportunities below to see how you can help support the 2020 Organics Summit while boosting your presence to more than 150 materials management professionals. Please contact Kristine Ellsworth with any questions or for more information.

Download Vendor and Sponsor Packet for more details.

Vendor Booths
NYSAR3 Member $450
Non NYSAR3 Member $550


Breakfast $300 each SOLD OUT
Refreshment Break $300 each SOLD OUT
Tuesday Lunch $400 SOLD OUT
Tuesday Evening Reception $400 1 sponsorship available
Tour at Town of Bethlehem Composting Site $250 SOLD OUT
USCC Young Professionals Mixer $250 1 sponsorship available


Hotel Information

There is no hotel specific room block for the 2020 NYS Organics Summit. Below are some hotel options in the surrounding area. When booking a hotel room, ask about available parking and shuttle services.


Distance to Albany Capital Center

Offers State Rate
Renaissance Albany Hotel 290 feet No
Hilton Albany 0.2 miles Yes
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Albany 0.3 miles Yes
Hampton Inn & Suites Albany – Downtown 0.4 miles Yes


Tour at Town of Bethlehem Compost Facility

Visit a large municipal compost facility at an exciting time in its 20-year history. Attendees of this year's Summit will see the Town of Bethlehem’s composting facility first-hand, including the infrastructure and operational steps they are taking to transition from two decades of processing yard waste to now incorporate food scraps. The tour will include a demonstration of the Aerated Static Pile (ASP) equipment that will be used to process food scraps on a larger scale, discussion of how the new statewide organics law is influencing their plans, and a sneak peek into the Town’s new project with SUNY Cobleskill utilizing drone technology to estimate compost pile volume. Tour given by Dan Lilkas-Rain, Bethlehem Recycling Coordinator


USCC Young Professionals Networking Event

In collaboration with the U.S. Composting Council Young Professionals Committee, we will be offering a USCC Young Professional Networking Event. More information coming soon.





Featuring "Love Compost" Pop-up Gallery  

Love Compost Photo Gallery by Terri-Lynn Pellegri

LOVE COMPOST is a collection of photographs by Saratoga Springs based photographer, Terri-Lynn Pellegri. This year, NYS Organics Summit 2020 will feature a pop-up gallery of her work. This art installation will include framed images, and photo canvases that will be available for purchase. As a passionate backyard composter, Terri-Lynn has found beauty in the food waste, primarily from her own kitchen. What was a momentary observation became a meaningful photographic meditation, and a pathway to a grander gesture. As LOVE COMPOST evolved, it has come to include COMPOSiTions, the creation of works using the discarded organic materials of restaurants and businesses that already compost, to encourage and celebrate their efforts. These images are accessible, universal, and are a powerful, visual gateway to further conversations about soil health and the value and necessity of composting and its vital role in renewing and sustaining the Earth. For more information on Terri-Lynn and her work. Find Terri-Lynn on Facebook and Instagram


Prioritizing Zero Waste Practices

We are partnering with venues and vendors to help us implement zero waste practices at the Summit. Working with Mazzone Catering, the summit menu will feature a specialized hors d’oeuvre and signature cocktail utilizing food that might have otherwise gone to waste. Food scraps from the event will be picked up by FoodScraps360 for composting and we will be working with Discover Albany to donate any excess food from the event.


Thank you to our Vendors and Sponsors