BioCycle REFOR17


Building Best-In-Class
Organics Recycling
Local Policies
Food Waste Collection
Processing Infrastructure
March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 2020 • Sacramento, California • DoubleTree By Hilton Sacramento

Agenda/Events Pages: Monday Workshop & Demo | Tuesday & Wednesday Conference Sessions and Deep Dive Discussions | Thursday Best-In-Class Tours
Networking Events | Event Schedule | Tour of Sacramento’s Community Compost Network

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Deep Dive Discussions
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Updated 3.2

8:30 AM—9:45 AM

Deep Dive 07 (Redwood Room)

How to Design a Commercial Food Waste Recycling Program

Ryan Cooper, Rubicon Global

Commercial organics recycling programs come in many forms. At Rubicon, we like to say “wherever there are people, there’s food waste” This presentation will describe the process of designing, implementing, and managing organics recycling programs, focusing on food scraps, but also considering compostable foodservice ware and other materials. Cafeterias in office buildings, break rooms in retail spaces, back-of-house restaurant programs and packaged food waste from distribution centers all require different considerations. Rubicon will share the different factors we consider, lessons learned from existing programs, and best practices. Attendees will hear about specific challenges and solutions related to organics mandates, contamination, recalls, and on-site solutions with real world examples.

Deep Dive 08 (Terrace Room)

Design Your Own Compostable Product Field Test

Emily McGill, BSIbio & BÉSICS Packaging

Cary Oshins, Compost Council Research and Education Foundation, Coordinators of the Compostable Field Testing Program

Fielding questions about compostable foodware acceptance? Wondering how well certified compostable foodware items break down in your composting facility? Interested in helping your regional facility answer that question? This hands-on session will gives you the tools you need, from the international Compostable Field Testing Program (CFTP), an open-source project that helps aerobic composting facilities set up field testing and contribute the results to a shared database. All sizes and operating types are welcome. Not a compost manufacturer? We can help coordinate with your local composting facility, university or nonprofit. Get in touch in advance through

This DIY Field Testing Deep Dive will cover:
• The why, what and how of testing compostable foodware in real-world operations
• How to customize the field test method for different operations, by scale and processing type
• Examples of product disintegration from real-world testing. 
There will be plenty of room for FAQs about compostable foodware disintegration, certification, and more!

10:30 AM—12:15 PM

Deep Dive 09 (Redwood Room)

Improving Commercial Collection: Using Social Science to Motivate Behavior Change

Kaitlin Phelps, Action Research

With growing attention and regulations focused on diverting food waste from landfills, such as AB 1826 and SB 1383 in California creating mandatory commercial organics recycling, it has become increasingly important that commercial operations successfully motivate staff and customers to correctly separate food waste. Governments and nonprofits will also play a critical role assisting these operations to run successful programs. This Deep Dive discusses how to use social science to create effective behavior change programs and what research and programs currently exist to motivate commercial organic waste collection and prevent contamination. We will discuss best practices and lessons learned from current research, and how future programs can leverage these findings to be more successful. We will also identify data and program gaps and brainstorm how they can be addressed.

Deep Dive 10 (Terrace Room)

Compost For A Regenerative Planet

Stephanie Barger, TRUE Zero Waste Program, U.S. Green Building Council

Philip Ragan, EcoSafe

This Deep Dive Discussion — of interest to policy makers, composters and haulers — focuses on how to reach out and support community leaders and composters develop and execute food waste collection and processing programs that are simple, easy to understand and easy to execute. The success of our Compost Advocacy Group, “Compost for a Regenerative Planet”, requires the support of local, regional and state/provincial policymakers to enact supporting legislation to ban organics from the landfill and the use of single-use throwaway plastic, and create RFP requirements that support collection of source separated organics with near-zero visible contamination. Compost For A Regenerative Plant provides communities with proven options for community residential and commercial composting programs that can be locally driven by the private sector, and are cost-effective. Success will be measured by the number of communities we support and the reduction in the many millions of tons of organics currently being buried in U.S. and Canadian landfills.