EBC Solid Waste Management Program: Organics in Massachusetts – Where is it All Going?


Date: May 21, 2019


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


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The organics food waste business in Massachusetts has been growing steadily over the last few years. Food waste is going to a variety of end sites, food rescue at schools, universities, and big businesses is on the upswing, and compostable dishware is gaining in popularity, creating its own challenges in the form of residuals and PFAS contamination. Learn the truth about the benefits and disadvantages of this dishware, from several perspectives.

This EBC Solid Waste Management program will discuss next steps in organics diversion and how the system will be affected if residential organic waste pickup increases. There is also concern that there is more end site capacity than food waste being diverted. How is that affecting the movement of food waste in the state?  Regulators and industry leaders will come together to discuss organics in Massachusetts where is it all going?

A robust panel discussion between the speakers and the audience will conclude the program.

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.

Final Agenda – EBC Solid Waste Management Program – Organics in Massachusetts


Program Co-Chairs:

  • Gretchen Carey, LEED Green Associate, Recycling & Organics Coordinator, Republic Services
  • Debra Darby, Program & Marketing Director, Organix Solutions

Speaker Agenda:

Massachusetts Organics Progress Report

  • John Fischer, Branch Chief, Commercial Waste Reduction and Waste Planning, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Food Recovery as a Solution for Organics

  • Lauren Palumbo, Chief Operating Officer, Lovin’ Spoonfuls, Inc.

Emerging Contaminants and Other Issues with Compostable Food Ware and Packaging

  • Terri Goldberg, Executive Director, NEWMOA

The Science of Manufacturing Composting

  • James Gist, Chief Financial Officer, Brick Ends Farm

Following the Speaker Presentations will be a Panel Discussion moderated by Debra Darby of Organix Solutions.

Attendee List

Robert Beaudoin Lexington Dept. of Public Works Supt. of Environmental Services
Christine Beling US Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Engineer
Joseph Bellino MADEP Waste Ban Inspector
Andrew Brousseau Black Earth Compost Compost Operations
Gretchen Carey Republic services Recycling and Organics Coordinator
Andreae Downs MWRA Wastewater Advisory Committee Executive Director
Mary Fischer Brandeis University Sustainability Manager
Julia Greene MassDEP Municipal Assistance Coordinator
Everett Hosking GNIKSOH, LLC Vice President
Adam Jankauskas City Compost
Sharon Kishida MassDEP Municipal Assistance Coordinator
Brian McCormack Weston & Sampson Team Leader
Kathi Mirza MassDEP Municipal Assistance Coordinator
Brian Postale Mass DEP Waste Ban Inspector
Adam Sandahl CMA Engineers Project Engineer
Waneta Trabert City of Newton Director of Environmental Affairs
Mark Troiano Troiano Trucking, Inc President
Matthew Young MSW Power Corporation CEO
Matt Zettek Town of Dracut Solid Waste Coordinator

The available presentations from the EBC Solid Waste Management Program: Organics in Massachusetts – Where is it All Going? completed on May 21, 2019, can be viewed below.

Presentations – EBC Solid Waste Management Program: Organics in Massachusetts – Where is it All Going?

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