Jam Session

Cost Effective Organics Collection and Processing Out in the Country (1 CEU)

Wednesday, August 22
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Theater & Cafe 950

How can you drive success in your food waste collection programs?

A well implemented food waste collection program will ensure high participation and capture rates. A high capture food waste collection program can reduce trash collection requirements, which delivers two benefits:

  • Real cost savings
  • Greater recognition by households of the amount of food that they waste

Together we will consider what it takes to design, roll out and continuously deliver a food waste collection system that maximizes participation and achieves high capture rates. We will also discuss the cost benefits of doing so.


Sean O’Donnell, Senior Staff Engineer, Geosyntec Consultants

Sean ODonnell

Sean O’Donnell is a senior staff engineer with Geosyntec Consultants in Columbia, Maryland. As part of the advisory services group at Geosyntec, Mr. O’Donnell has performed waste diversion and financial modeling for numerous projects in the United States and abroad. Mr. O’Donnell’s primary focus is on developing cost effective and sustainable strategies for solid waste collection and disposal in low-income and rural areas. His experience includes designing and optimizing organics collection and processing programs in rural Maryland, performing financial analyses for landfill post-closure care, developing a sustainable closure strategy for a mine tailings facility in Africa, and designing a low-impact leachate management system at a landfill in Guatemala.

Tamara Shulman, Team Lead, Solid Waste Planning, Tetra Tech Canada Ltd.

Tamara Shulman

Tamara Shulman is a Tetra Tech solid waste planning team lead with over 20 years’ experience in zero waste planning and implementation. A decade ago, Ms. Shulman returned to Metro Vancouver from the San Francisco Bay Area where she continues to lead waste reduction and organics management initiatives in western Canada, California, and across North America.

Athena Lee Bradley, Projects Manager, Northeast Recycling Council, Inc.

Athena Lee Bradley

Athena Lee Bradley is the Projects Manager for the Northeast Recycling Council, Inc. She has worked in sustainable materials management for more than 25 years. Ms. Bradley organizes and instructs trainings for organics and food scrap management, composting, and manure management. She also provides technical assistance to businesses, public agencies, schools, communities, and households. She has written several organics management guidance documents and other instructional materials. She graduated from the Maine Compost School and has attended and been an instructor for several compost operator trainings. In addition to organics management, she specializes in rural and small community solid waste management issues, and has worked throughout the Northeast on a number of projects benefiting rural, small town, and tribal communities.

Debra Darby, Marketing Director, Organix Solutions

Debra Darby

Debra Darby is program and marketing director with Organix Solutions, an organics recovery and municipal solid waste company based in Minnesota. Formerly director of marketing communications with Metabolix, a developer of biopolymers, she holds an MS degree in Work Environment/Cleaner Production from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Thank You to Our Session Sponsor

Geosyntec Consultants

Geosyntec Consultants

Hotel Info

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