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Into the Green Bin: Collecting food waste from institutional settings

Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM

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With landfilled food waste increasingly seen as a significant source of methane emissions, and states like California and Massachusetts beginning to mandate diversion programs, organizations across the US and Canada are moving compost collections to the top of their priority list. Along the way, however, sustainability managers from colleges and universities, businesses, government agencies, K-12, healthcare, hospitality, and other industry sectors are confronting familiar and novel challenges. What steps can be taken to increase participation and avoid contamination? How does one avoid odors and pests, not to mention inflated perceptions about them? How do you integrate organics recovery with existing food service operations and waste collections?