Making the Case for Organics Management & SMM Technical Division Award Presentation
4:20 PM - 5:00 PM

This session will begin with the presentation of the 2021 Sustainable Materials Management Technical Division Distinguished Individual Achievement Award. 

10 Ways Building Composting Infrastructure Can Save the Planet
Risa Weinberger, President, Risa Weinberger Associates
We often think of composting primarily as a means to divert organics from the landfill to meet diversion goals. After all, organics make up about 50% of the waste stream. But it is so much more than that. It is worth your support as part of your solid waste infrastructure and it belongs in public policy. This presentation will stretch your brain and possibly change your perspective.

Food Scraps, Yard Trim and Horse Manure - Organics Resources in Howard County, MD
Regina Cagle Irr, Environmental Engineer, EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC
The Howard County, MD Compost Facility is a premier example of how municipalities can provide cost-effective composting of food waste, yard trim, and manure. This case study illustrates available composting technology and key facility design considerations for a successful project. The project economics show how waste diversion offsets the capital and operational costs, making the business case for waste diversion and organics management.


Risa Weinberger Regina Cagle Irr
Catelyn Scholwinski - City of New Braunfels (TX)
Silver Sponsor
Bronze Sponsor