Pay Dirt: Organics Diversion Goes Mainstream

Randolph Center, Vermont
Thursday, April 03, 2014

Pay Dirt: Organics Diversion Goes Mainstream
Thursday, April 03, 2014 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Vermont Technical College, Judd Hall
124 Main Street
Randolph Center, Vermont 05061
United States

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Join us at VORS, Vermont’s premier annual event to explore the issues, technologies and practices that are helping our communities and businesses manage organics as a resource. Learn about Vermont's new organics recycling goals and the first in the nation Universal Recycling Law (Act 148).

VORS brings together technical experts, compost producers, food waste generators, state agency professionals, community leaders and others to learn and network about the use of organic residuals to produce compost, energy and vibrant communities. Organic residuals (also called 'organics' or 'organic materials') include everything from food scraps and food processing wastes, to manures, horticulture/garden waste, wood chips, sawdust, paper products, and more.

In addition to our Keynote Speaker and plenary sessions, attendees will choose from seven workshops and one site tour:
  • Diverting & Managing Food Scraps from Businesses, Schools, and Institutions
  • Aerobic Facilities for Multiple Feedstocks
  • Hot Stuff -- UVM Compost Research
  • Site Tour -- Universal Recycling and the Role of Anaerobic Digesters
  • Hauling Organics: Options and Challenges
  • Food Rescue and Organics Recycling: Bridging the Gap Between Excess Food and Food Insecurity
  • The Power of Community Composting: An Intensive 2-Part Workshop

Keynote Speaker: Brenda Platt
Brenda Platt has worked 27 years fighting trash burners and promoting waste reduction, recycling and composting, particularly recycling-based jobs. She currently directs two projects at the Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR): Composting Makes $en$e and Composting for Community. These projects advance locally based composting to create jobs, enhance soils, reduce waste, and build more resilient and healthy communities.

Brenda is the author of several groundbreaking reports including Beyond 40 Percent: Record-Setting Recycling and Composting Programs; the U.S. EPA’s Cutting the Waste Stream in Half; and Stop Trashing the Climate. Her keynote presentation will draw from her most recent report, Pay Dirt: Composting in Maryland to Reduce Waste, Create Jobs & Protect the Bay. She has a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the George Washington University and is licensed to operate commercial compost facilities in Maryland.


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Payment Instructions

  • Registration Fees:

    Attendee (Non-CAV Member): $60.00 (*Early Bird Price: $50.00 before March 15*)
    Attendee (CAV Member): $45.00
    Student: $25.00 (with valid Student ID, Does not include continental breakfast or lunch)
    Exhibitor (Non-CAV Member): $175.00
    Exhibitor (CAV Member): $125.00
    Presenter: Fee Waived
    Volunteer: Fee Waived (Please contact coordinator to inquire about volunteer opportunities)
    Note: If you choose to Pay at the Event please bring cash or a check for the exact amount. Thank you!

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