The California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) is hosting a kick-off webinar to introduce its new Edible Food Recovery Technical Council on November 17. Admission is free and you do not have to be a CRRA member to participate, but registration is required.
Learn about CRRA’s edible food recovery goals and plans to achieve them. At the webinar, participants will:
SCS Engineers’ Tracie Bills is the Director of CRRA, and Lisa Coelho is on the Executive Committee for this new technical council on edible food recovery that will launch in January and is currently planning how to achieve its mission so they can hit the ground running. A main goal of the council is to identify common goals between reducing waste and feeding people excess edible food, which requires more thoughtful behaviors than feeding leftover food to our curbside Organics bins.
Senate Bill-1383 is California legislation establishing aggressive organics recycling targets. Other states are establishing their own goals, some with enforcement components. It is up to municipalities to secure processing capacity and to implement comprehensive organics diversion programs to meet these goals.
Tracie Onstad Bills and Lisa Coelho, both with SCS Engineers, explain how one solid waste authority known as RecycleSmart, is proactively seeking to tackle the tough questions pertaining to new regulation compliance. RecycleSmart’s stance is proactive, they began to research and review their organics programs last year and have been working simultaneously during the formation of the regulations. By doing so, they have given themselves time to establish a direction for compliance and time to provide the public outreach and education necessary for a smooth transition.
Read “Shifting Focus,” an article published in Waste Today detailing the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority’s study and six integrated programs that will provide the direction they need to help six Northern California municipalities make the right infrastructure and programmatic investments to attain the goals.
Tracie Onstad Bills and Lisa Coelho are the Northern California director and sustainable materials management specialist, respectively, for SCS Engineers. Please feel free to contact us if you have comments or questions about organics program planning and management at .