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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Boston Scientific
10 Innovation Way
Arden Hills, MN 55126

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American Engineering Testing

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business & environment series: Organics recycling: a growing movement 

about the program

With nearly a third of the material Minnesotans send to landfills consisting of organic material (food waste and non-recyclable paper), savvy businesses across the state are thinking critically about managing their organics. 

In this session we discussed demystifying the growing movement of organics recycling for compost. We explored food waste reduction strategies, emerging policy issues that could affect your business, and heard local case studies of proven organics collection and management methods.  

As the organics journey doesn’t stop at your collection site, we dove into the downstream journey of organics highlighting perspectives from waste haulers, organics processing facilities, and exploring compost end market supply and demand. 

Our cross-sector community of sustainability professionals came together for informal networking, small group discussion, and peer-to-peer learning to help you imagine implementing organics recycling at your organization. 

SPEAKERS Included 

  • Tim Farnan, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Sonia James, Boston Scientific
  • Patrick Mathwig, Great Plains Institute
  • Mike Whitt, Whitt Environmental Services
  • Anne Ludvik, The Mulch Store
  • Max Milinkovich, Full Circle Organics
  • Joe Aho, Aspen Waste Systems
  • Doug Link, Republic Services
  • Jim Wollschlager, Randy's Environmental Services

PRESENTATIONS

Resources

BizRecycling

Hennepin County Business Recycling Grants

Minnesota Composting Council

Minnesota GreenCorps

Minnesota Waste Wise

MnTAP

RethinkRecycling

Seal of Testing Assurance (US Composting Council)

US Composting Council

BACKGROUND READINGS

What is compost? (MPCA)

For commercial property owners, organics recycling is at the amenity frontier (StarTribune)

How reducing food waste could ease climate change (National Geographic)

A look at Minnesota’s composting efforts (MPR News)

Boston Scientific previews organics recycling (BizRecycling)

For commercial property owners, organics recycling is at the amenity frontier (Star Tribune)

How to: keep food waste out of the garbage (Rethink Recycling)

Minnesota garbage study offers ‘wake up call,’ pollution control agency head says (MPR News)

Demographics of garbage (MPCA)