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  • I’ve been asked to talk about three things:Update on EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Program Food Recovery Challenge Food Scrap Recycling Primer
  • Sustainable Materials Management Program – Rethinking about waste is looking at a lifecycle approach; Looking upstream. I will also spend a few minutes talking about additional work we’ve been doing to remove organics from the waste streamWe’re working on SMM focusing on Using WasteWise as a tool there are 3 Challenge Programs Food Recovery ChallengeElectronic ChallengeZero Waste Community Pilot ProgramFederal Green Challenge
  • Conserves resources - Recovers valuable materials like gold, silver, and copper - Reduces greenhouse gas emissions associated with mining new products and encouraging the purchase of energy star equipment – which uses less energyDecreases the amount of electronics going into landfillsEncourage use of certified recyclers – pledges
  • National effort – Region 1 has more than 25 facilities participating in the programAll the projects are converted to ghg emissions reduced
  • Zero Waste Communities Pilot Project t Measurement using WARM model translate waste reduction into ghg emissions avoided
  • Reducing greenhouse gases from food waste – focusing upstream on source reductionUses Waste Wise and EPA’s WARM model to translate into ghg emission reductionSectors include: Colleges/Universities, Venues (sporting arenas) and Supermarkets
  • 33.44 Million Tons Disposed 66,880,000,000 pounds (that’s billions of pounds)
  • Americans waste enough food to fill the “Rose Bowl” every day. (Bloom 2007)or Gillette Stadium - 44% of the food produced and imported in the US ends up in the landfill or compost pile. Food waste is now the single largest component of the municipal solid waste stream. NOTE: This estimate is from Jonathan Bloom’s book American Wasteland. It’s based on a volumetric calculation for the rosebowl capacity using EPA data on the amount of food waste disposal annually.
  • Waste reduction plan must include 1 source reduction activity, 1 donation activity and 1 other activity (like composting or sending waste to an anaerobic digester)
  • Waste reduction plan must include 1 source reduction activity, 1 donation activity and 1 other activity (like composting or sending waste to an anaerobic digester)
  • I’ll explain these – but give you a little bit about what’s going to be in this document.Why did we do this – IWG project to support two communities who were both wrestling with the issue of increasing composting/ anaerobic digestion in urban areas It seemed that these communities had similar questions and didn’t know where to find information – what information they needed to considerIt’s almost done – it will take a while to get on line – please let me know if you’re interested in receiving a copy
  • Key Considerations –That communities; town officials may would want to think about when they hear about food recycling/composting
  • UnderAerobic ProcessesAnaerobic DigestionTurned WindrowsStatic Aerated WindrowsIn-vesselWaste StreamsTechnologyCosts
  • MR Organics EPAUpdate

    1. 1. EPA Region 1 UpdateMassRecycles 2012 Recycling & Organics Conference Jeri Weiss EPA Region 1 Sustainable Materials Management
    2. 2. Sample WasteWise Report 3
    3. 3. Electronics Challenge Reduces ghg emissionsConserves resourcesRecovers valuable materials
    4. 4. Federal Green ChallengeEnergy ElectronicsWater TransportationWaste Purchasing
    5. 5. Zero Waste Pilot Middletown , CT
    6. 6. Food Recovery ChallengeColleges and UniversitiesVenues ( sporting arenas)SupermarketsHealthcare and Hospitality
    7. 7. Food Waste is a National ProblemAmount of Materials to Disposal 33.443530 27.71 25.93252015 13.69 13.61 13.33 10.8310 8.78 7.23 6.4250
    8. 8. Food Waste is a National Problem
    9. 9. We Need Champions! Food Waste: Huge Problem & Opportunity Take the Food Recovery Challenge and together – let’s take a bite out of food waste! Participating organizations can receive national recognition for their outstanding Challenge achievements & leadership Join Us!
    10. 10. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Step #1 and #2 = Biggest Bang for Your Buck• Step #1: Source Reduction - reducing waste at the “source” • Reducing over-buying & processing wastes • Reducing over preps & plate waste • Make the most of the product you purchased• Step #2: Feed Hungry People • Donating wholesome food, supplies and prepared foods to food banks, rescues, pantries, and kitchens • Liability protection & tax deductions• Step #3: Recycle (compost) • Sending off to an existing composter or composting on-site
    11. 11. EPA Tools & Resources:Waste Audit Sheets, Calculators, Guides…
    12. 12. Re-TRAC thru WasteWiseWhat WasteWise Re-TRAC does:• Compiles and analyzes your waste management data and maintains historical files.• Submits your annual data to the WasteWise program with a click.• Generates instant reports on program performance and trends, and calculates GHG emission reductions associated with your activities.• Provides your official EPA Climate Profile report on an annual basis. "The new Re-TRAC system is beyond fabulous. It really improves the data entering experience. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!" - Mariah Titlow Tinger, Senior Environmental Program Coordinator, Genzyme Corporation
    13. 13. Food Recovery Challenge Four Easy Steps!1. Assess It! Conduct baseline food waste assessment w/in first 60 days of joining2. Commit to It! Set a three year goal with a commitment to increase food reduction/diversion by 5% in the first year.3. Do It! Undertake food waste reduction and recovery activities to meet your goals!4. Track It! Report annually using ReTRAC
    14. 14. Food Recovery ChallengeBenefits Reduce your costs Improve your image Feed your communities Protect your environment
    15. 15. Food Scrap Recycling PrimerUnderstanding Large-Scale Food Scrap Recycling Technologies for Urban Areas Why did we do this For whom is the audience When will it be available What it includes
    16. 16. Food Scrap Recycling PrimerKey Considerations  Quality of Life Land Area Environmental Concerns Economics Regulatory Requirements
    17. 17. Food Scrap Recycling PrimerUnderstanding the basics: Anaerobic Digestion Windrows Composting In-vessel Composting
    18. 18. Contact Information: Jeri Weiss 617-918-1568