Gold Rush Chapter September Webinar - Composting

September 18, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Composting and California go hand-in-hand. The Composting General Order was adopted by the State Water Board on April 7, 2020 in support of small-scale, on-farm composting initiatives. Meanwhile, commercial compost manufacturing facilities are working to address challenges; packaging and products made from compostable materials are largely unwelcome at these facilities...especially those products which are not directly associated with food scrap recovery. Additional topics discussed include: what happens when food waste is put into anoxic piles; what emission factors result from predominantly anaerobic pathways; what would emission factors be if the process were predominantly aerobic; and how can windrows be built and operated so they are actually composting aerobically? Join our knowledgeable panelists as we take a deep dive into composting in California.

Topics and Speakers Include

Green Energy & Food Waste Recycling Facility Without the Bank Ache That Comes with AD: Composting Under 1MW of Solar Panels (Compost Systems - Geoff Hill, PhD) 

Geoff Hill is a technical expert in the organic waste management sector.  Geoff started his career in waste in early 2000’s with biofuels production.  He completed a PhD in compost science in 2013 and was hired as engineering manager by Harvest Power and then promoted to General Manager for the company’s 240,000 tonne per year AD and ASP compost facility near Vancouver BC.  After a stint as an independent process consultant he joined Engineered Compost Systems as Technical Director, responsible for preliminary facility design, siting, permitting, facility audits, source testing, odor modelling, and a host of other compost industry specific consulting and technical services.

State Water Board Compost General Order Update (CA Water Board - Brianna St. Pierre) 

Brianna St. Pierre is the Senior Engineering Geologist at the State Water Resources Control Board responsible for the Agriculture, Biosolids, Composting, and Land Disposal programs.  Prior to working at the State Water Board, Brianna worked for two Regional Water Boards and also worked in environmental remediation consulting, geophysical consulting, and mining.  Brianna has a BS in Geophysics from the University of California, Riverside and an MBA from Penn State.

The Problems with Compostable Packaging (Edgar & Associates - Neil Edgar) 

Neil Edgar has been a Senior Project Manager with Edgar & Associates in Sacramento, California since 2001. Edgar & Associates, Inc. is a governmental affairs and environmental engineering firm specializing in solid waste management, recycling, composting, renewable energy, and climate change issues.

Mr. Edgar has consulted on over two dozen organic waste management projects for client companies including technical feasibility, collection options, land use compatibility, site design, operations, grant and loan funding, financial modeling, regulatory compliance, and market development.

Mr. Edgar was a co-founder and acts as Executive Director of the California Compost Coalition, a statewide lobbying coalition that focuses on legislative and regulatory development regarding composting and other organics management options. Mr. Edgar is Chair of the United States Composting Council’s Legislative and Environmental Affairs Committee and serves as a policy liaison for the California Organics Recycling Council, a statewide advocacy group dedicated to increasing the sustainable use of recycled organics.


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