EBC Solid Waste Management Webinar: Organics Management in the Northeast – Moving Into the Mainstream


Date: October 26, 2021


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


Virtual Event

Information for viewing the webinar will be shared with registered attendees in a confirmation email.

Partnering Organizations:


Northern New England Chapter
Southern New England Chapter

Paradigm shifts in solid waste management have occurred over time. More recently, landfilling and waste-to-energy have been the long-term, cost-effective, and environmentally compliant solutions for the management of waste. While we continue to have these waste solutions, our paradigm for materials management continues to evolve as markets shift and new technologies become available, allowing us to realize a larger fraction of value from resources that are currently discarded, bringing us to a more circular infrastructure and economy.

Many states looking to increase their recycling rates have promulgated or are working on regulations aimed at diverting organics to composting or anaerobic digestion. As states and municipalities aim to implement zero waste strategies, organics is one of the primary materials to divert from the waste stream. Even for locations that have addressed recycling or made other progress, organics is often a largely untapped area.

The diversion debate has engendered a great deal of controversy in the solid waste world. As an example, carbon emission reduction policies are a key driver in California. Most policies are focused on organics diversion with source separated organics (SSO) as the preferred method for engaging stakeholders. This can be an opportunity for existing solid waste facilities to consider an entry into this growing market.

This EBC Solid Waste program, Organics Management in the Northeast: Moving into the Mainstream, will provide an industry overview of Composting and Anaerobic Digestion facility development. This program features perspectives from industry experts on organics management technologies and why managing food waste to highest beneficial use and building markets for recycled organics is important to our region.

A robust panel discussion with the audience will conclude the webinar.

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (2.5 training contact hours). Certificates are automatically provided via email link for registered attendees at the conclusion of the webinar.

Additional information can be found under the “Agenda Details” tab above.
Program Chairs:
  • Debra Darby, Manager, Organics Sustainability Solutions, Tetra Tech
  • Deborah Denfeld, Senior Project Manager | Business Line Manager, Fuss & O’Neill
  • Brian Freeman, Senior Associate, Robinson+Cole
Speaker Agenda:

Composting Infrastructure: Focus on Food Scraps

  • Nora Goldstein, Editor, BioCycle

Recycling Food Waste with Anaerobic Digestion

  • Patrick Serfass, Executive Director, American Biogas Council

Permitting of Organics Projects in Connecticut: The Changing Landscape

  • Robert Isner, Director, Waste Engineering & Enforcement Division, Bureau of Materials Management and Compliance Assurance, CTDEEP

Organics: Where Will We Get the Biggest Bang for the Buck?

  • Chaz Miller, CEO, Miller Recycling Associates

Compost Markets and Trends

  • Ron Alexander, Consultant, R. Alexander Associates, Inc.

Moderated Discussion

The available PowerPoint presentations from the EBC Solid Waste Management Webinar: Organics Management in the Northeast – Moving Into the Mainstream completed on October 26, 2021, can be viewed below.

Presentations – EBC Solid Waste Management Webinar: Organics Management in the Northeast – Moving Into the Mainstream

Webinar Recording

Registered Attendees

All registered attendees receive the link to the webinar recording five business days after the conclusion of the webinar. If you are a registered attendee and did not receive the webinar recording, please contact the EBC office.

EBC Members

The webinar recording is available to EBC Members via the Info Hub. If you are an employee of an EBC Member Company and cannot access the Info Hub, please contact the EBC Office.


Non-Members are welcome to register and pay the Non-Member registration rate to receive access to the webinar recording.

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