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Feb 06-09, 2024

COMPOST 2024

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The US Composting Council’s Annual Conference is the premiere professional meeting for composting, organics recycling, and related topics.

The US Composting Council’s Annual Conference is the premiere professional meeting for composting, organics recycling, and related topics.

Speaking Session: Ryan Cooper

Session Name: Shelf to Soil: Compost Solutions & Innovations for Grocery Stores

Date & Time: Thursday, February 8 2:00 PM

Presentation Description: Diverse material streams. Complex logistics. Unforgiving delivery schedules. The unique characteristics of grocery stores can make cost-effective organics recycling challenging.  From flour to flowers, the range of potentially recyclable organics across grocery aisles is vast, entailing a level of recycling customization by department. And while contamination and staff engagement are common challenges for any sustainability-minded enterprise, developing an approach to depackaging and backhauling are particular hurdles for grocery stores looking to improve their landfill diversion.

Nonetheless, household name food distributors from and swaths of smaller, local, family-run grocers as well—have ambitious sustainability goals. Supported by emerging depackaging technologies, these businesses are tapping into the potential of composting to improve their diversion metrics. As scale builds, so too do the opportunities for grocery stores and composters to codevelop solutions for tricky materials, hauling, and infrastructure development.

In this session, Ryan Cooper, VP Circular Economy Solutions, Rubicon, will explore the ways in which food distributors and composters are managing the nuances of grocery stores through technology, innovation, and collaboration, reaping promising results that benefit the bottom line and the environment.

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