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WRED - The Composting Cycle - From Food to Farm and Back Again
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM PDT
Category: WRED



Join the Washington State Recycling Association and the Washington Organic Recycling Council as they partner for a one of a kind WRED event focusing on composting, at every part of the journey. Attendees will hear from a range of speakers, including those who grow food, consume food, compost food, and use compost. This event will allow attendees to see and hear about the composting cycle, and their role in it! Hot topics like contamination and the effects of packaging and bags will be covered by expert speakers, and attendees will be given a detailed tour of Lenz Enterprises’ composting facility in Stanwood, WA!

Pilchuck Event Center | 8606 36th Ave NE, Marysville, WA 98270 | MAP

REGISTRATION:  Online registration is now closed, please join us at a future event!
Members $75
Non-Members $95
Students $35

See who else is attending this event HERE.

Up to 21 days prior: All but $20 administrative fee
7 days to 20 days prior: 50% of fees refunded
Within 7 days: No refunds.


8:30 - 9:00 AM Coffee and Networking
9:00 AM  Welcome and Introductions
9:10 AM Starting at the Farm - Don Bailey, Bailey Farms 
9:35 AM

Food and Compost Cycle Panel - Moderated by Jeff West

  • Jay Hildebrand, Safeway Albertsons
  • Dell Deierling, Marysville Food Bank 
  • Jeff West, Olympic Organics & Compost Manufacturing Alliance
  • Susan Thoman, Compost Manufacturing Alliance
10:30 AM Break
10:50 AM

Contamination at the Facility - Edward Wheeler, Lenz Enterprises

11:10 AM Lunch
12:00 - 1:00  Tour of Lenz Enterprises (Transportation will be provided)
1:30 PM

"Hot Topics" in Composting Panel - Moderated by Jeff West

  • Pat Kaufman, Seattle Public Utilities
  • Scott Deatherage, Barr-Tech
2:20 PM

Closing Remarks, Attendees invited to continue to network. 

3:00 PM



MEET YOUR PRESENTERS - Additional photos and bios coming soon!

Don Bailey, Bailey Farms
Don Bailey is part of a fifth generation family crop and dairy farm in the Snohomish River Valley since 1913.  Bailey Compost began in 1995 when the Bailey Farm started to diversify its farming activities by composting their dairy manure to use on their fields and eventually began selling to the public. 

Dell Deierling, Marysville Food Bank
Dell Deierling began his career as director of the Marysville Community Food Bank in April of 2010.  In his time at the food bank he learned a fair amount about the food supply chain and in particular the end of that chain.  Prior to running a food bank, he spent 14 years at Microsoft in supply chain planning roles for computer hardware. Dell’s education includes a BS in Physical Metallurgy and an MBA, both from Washington State University. Interests include traveling, motorcycling, racquetball, climbing, hiking, fishing, mushrooming and archery. Dell was raised in Snohomish and still reside there with his beautiful wife.  He and his wife have a teenage daughter who is attending university in southern California.

Jeff West, Olympic Organics and the Compost Manufacturers Alliance
Jeff has worked for over thirty years in the solid waste world, and has risen to the highest ranks of operational, finance and business management for some of the largest, publicly traded waste collection companies in the world. In 2007, Jeff branched out on his own and founded New Day Recycling in Kitsap County, Washington. In 2013, he moved into the compost manufacturing business by buying a failed composting site, investing over $2 million in upgrades and technology, and opened the Olympic Organics facility in Kingston, Washington. Jeff also provides commercial compost collection services to businesses throughout Pierce and Kitsap Counties

Edward Wheeler, Lenz Enterprises
As the Program Director for Lenz Enterprises, Edward directs the planning, development and implementation of professional services with responsibility for business development, financial resource planning, permitting, sustainability, facility operation and compliance.  Edward’s career has spanned over 30 years and included a wide-array of US and international environmental projects in the fields of recycling, solid waste, hazardous waste, remediation, water quality and the bio-economy.  Edward is also Vice President for WCG, an environmental consulting company managing environmental projects and evaluating design and operation of environmental systems; and Vice President of the Washington Organics Recycling Council (WORC).


Susan Thoman, 
Compost Manufacturers Alliance
Susan has over thirty years in the environmental and sustainability field, and served for 12 years on the Cedar Grove Composting leadership team in the Seattle area.   She has been instrumental in collaborating with end users, government stakeholders, and the world’s top compostable products manufacturers to develop compostability standards and innovative business models to engage solid waste systems with the packaging supply chain.  Susan’s collaborative and business centered philosophy links compost manufacturers, product development teams, end users and municipalities together in effective engagement models that minimize contamination in feed stocks while expanding the diversion and capacity for viable compost feed stocks eligible for organics recycling. 




Sponsorship Opportunities are available for this event! If Interested, please contact Anne Piacentino at apiacentino@wsra.net or 206-244-0311