Composting Collaborative's Summer Dialogue
August 21 | 3 - 6:30 PM
Co-located with SWANA's WASTECON
Room: Bayou AB
3:00 - 3:30 PM
Introduction & Flash Talks
3:30 - 4:30 PM
Investigating On-Site Pretreatment Systems
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.
4:30 - 4:45 PM
4:45 - 6:15 PM
Overcoming Barriers to Increased Organics Recycling Infrastructure in Nashville
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.
This dynamic conference will feature “Sound Ideas” in waste management, speaking to the most pressing issues in our industry today.
Conference topics range from rural issues, to innovation trends and international waste topics, to waste management challenges such as the Chinese waste import restrictions. Attendees can expect to meet thousands of industry colleagues all working towards shaping the future of the solid waste industry for the better.
Gaylord Opryland Hotel
$197 per night plus tax.