Board/Committee Meeting

The Composting Collaborative Summer Dialogue (3.5 CEUs)

Tuesday, August 21
3:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Bayou AB

Registration for the Composting Collaborative's Summer Dialogue is free, but advanced registration on the Composting Collaborative website is required.


3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Composting Collaborative: Introductions, Updates & Flashtalks

Cary Oshins, USCC
Nora Goldstein, BioCycle

3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Composting Collaborative: On Site Pretreatment Systems

James Ewell, GreenBlue
Nora Goldstein, BioCycle
Charlotte Dreizen, GreenBlue

Pretreatment technologies that process food waste by grinding, shredding, dehydrating, or liquefying can be great tools for food waste generators to reduce the volume of material and simplify collection, especially in dense urban environments. A brief overview covers the most common technologies currently available in the marketplace and the Pretreatment Directory that the Composting Collaborative is creating as a resource for potential end users. This session will also share some insights from our research regarding the pros and cons of these technologies from a holistic solid waste management perspective.

4:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Composting Collaborative: Growing Organics Recycling in Nashville and Beyond

Recycling food scraps and other organic wastes are near the top of everyone’s list. Some cities have been at it for a while, but most are hardly started planning for it. Nashville is in the middle of the spectrum, having been the focus of an NRDC pilot project in 2016 on food waste reduction, and a challenge from Mayor Megan Barry to increase the organics recovery and recycling rates. A couple of composters are active the area, and a major digester is ready to break ground, but the City of Nashville still has a long way to go.

We’ve gathered representatives of key stakeholder groups for a robust discussion about Nashville’s progress. What have been the major impediments, how are they or have they been overcome? What can other cities learn from Nashville’s experiences?

Panelists: Cary Oshins, facilitator; Seem Prasad, Resource Capture, Inc.; Ed Wansing, The Compost Company; Beadle Beadlecomb, Compost Nashville; Sharon Smith, Nashville Metro Public Works; Robert Wadley, TN DEC