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WSRA Looking For a Few Good Composters to be Part of Conference Session

Wednesday, March 18, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Anne Piacentino
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WSRA is looking for a few good composters to be part of WSRA’s  "Speed Dating for Solutions: Getting Contamination out of Compost"  session  which will be held on  Monday, May 18 from 1:30-2:45 dueing the 2015 WSRA Conference at The Davenport Hotel in Spokane.

The session will take a 360 degree look at the impact of contamination in organic streams. The intent is to initiate discussions and inspire proactive collaboration toward solutions throughout key stakeholder groups. There will be five tables set up where participants will learn about the issue from varying perspectives. Below are the tables planned by category and the organizers that are pulling together respective educators on those topics. The format will be short and impactful visits (“speed dating format”) so participants can gain a wider understanding of the overall problem and can kick off a collaborative work group focused on longer term, defined goals and metrics for measuring success together.

Table Organizers
-Curbside (municipal+ consumer) Sabrina Combs (City of Bothell), John MacGillvray (City of Kirkland)
-Hauler (commercial and residential) Mary Harrington, WDOE
-Processor (composters/operations) Susan Thoman (Cedar Grove), Jeff West (Olympic Organics)
-Government (WDOE, health departments) Mary Harrington, WDOE
-Compost and soil market developers and educators Susan Thoman (Cedar Grove), Jeff West (Olympic Organics)

WSRA Board Members and Session Champion's Susan Thoman and Jeff Westis will recruit representatives from the processing/operations side (at one table) as well as the marketing/sales side (another table). 

Composters (processors) topics should cover:
-Costs for picking it, screening it, blowing it out, and landfilling the residuals
-What the most common contaminants are
-Ways to engage stakeholders in the solution

Composters (sales or applications) should cover:
-Specs for soils and compost and how they can be affected by contamination
-Emerging markets and the applications of compost in growing markets
-Science and benefits of compost to the environment in technical markets

 With that, we are hopeful that composters from around the state that are accepting curbside and commercial organics will volunteer to be educators at our tables or participants on the session. Note that the session does take place at the beautiful Davenport Hotel in Spokane, and we would love to see a composter from Eastern Washington join in as well! 


Session Description: 


Speed Dating for Solutions: Getting Contamination out of Compost
Breakout Session 2
Monday, May 18, 2015 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Speakers: Mary Harrington, WA Dept. of Ecology; Sabrina Combs, City of Bothell; John MacGillivray, City of Kirkland; Susan Thoman, Cedar Grove Composting; Jeff West, New Day Recycling

Join municipalities, regulators and commercial stakeholders as they participate in an interactive small group discussions to tackle the contaminant issue from curb to soil.

Please contact Susan Thoman at   with additional questions and if you are interested in participating!

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