FEE.227-Composting Textiles and Waste from Textile Based Products-AC24.USCC

In this presentation, Unless Collective, a startup apparel brand dedicated to eliminating plastic pollution, shares findings from large-scale trials conducted with their composting partner, Agromin from Oxnard, CA. The trials aimed to prove that textile waste, including post-consumer and post-industrial materials, can be efficiently composted to create healthy soil products. Through these trials, they demonstrated… Continue reading FEE.227-Composting Textiles and Waste from Textile Based Products-AC24.USCC

FEE.226-Shelf to Soil – Compost solutions and innovations for grocery stores-AC24.USCC

In this session, Ryan Cooper, VP of Circular Economy Solutions at Rubicon, will discuss the challenges and opportunities of implementing cost-effective organics recycling in grocery stores. With diverse material streams, complex logistics, and unforgiving delivery schedules, grocery stores face unique obstacles in improving landfill diversion. However, emerging depackaging technologies and collaboration between food distributors and… Continue reading FEE.226-Shelf to Soil – Compost solutions and innovations for grocery stores-AC24.USCC

FEE.117-National Organic Program Changes – Composter Opportunity in Organic Agriculture-AC24.USCC

BPI has petitioned the USDA to address barriers preventing compost from being approved for organic agriculture due to small contaminants like compostable stickers or food scrap bags. This session will delve into the petition effort and offer insights on how stakeholders can engage with the USDA to overcome these limitations.Speakers: Clifton PassowDuration: 19 minutesCredits: 0.5Member… Continue reading FEE.117-National Organic Program Changes – Composter Opportunity in Organic Agriculture-AC24.USCC

FEE.225-CMA Field Testing Data – Resetting Assumptions-AC24.USCC

CMA will share comprehensive data from in-field testing of compostable products, categorizing results by substrate type and composting technology. The presentation aims to debunk common misconceptions surrounding substrate performance and facility variations. Specifically, it will challenge assumptions regarding disintegration uniformity across composting technologies, the superiority of fiber products over biopolymers in disintegration, and the belief… Continue reading FEE.225-CMA Field Testing Data – Resetting Assumptions-AC24.USCC

FEE.313-Evaluation of Disintegration and Composting Progress Inside Mesh-Bags and Outside-AC24.USCC

The study conducted by Eastman, CMA, and WeCare Denali involved a windrow composting trial of various compostable materials, including cellulosic, PLA, and paper-based products. The trial also included a negative control for comparison. The evaluation was conducted using both mesh bag and bulk-dosing methods to assess the composting process and the disintegration of the materials.… Continue reading FEE.313-Evaluation of Disintegration and Composting Progress Inside Mesh-Bags and Outside-AC24.USCC

FEE.224-Compostable Field Testing Program Open Source Data Project: Results and Next Steps-AC24.USCC

The presentation discusses the outcomes of the Compostable Field Testing Program (CFTP), an international research initiative allowing composters to field test compostable foodware and packaging in real-world settings. It highlights the findings on the disintegration of compostable items across various facilities in terms of scale, geography, and technology. Additionally, it provides a sneak peek into… Continue reading FEE.224-Compostable Field Testing Program Open Source Data Project: Results and Next Steps-AC24.USCC

FEE.116-Breaking Down Compostable Packaging – what is working – what is not – where do we go from here-AC24.USCC

The presentation will provide a summary of key learnings from a pilot conducted by the Composting Consortium in partnership with 10 composters across the country in 2023. This includes disintegration rates of over 30 types of food-contact compostable packaging, insights from using two test methods, and findings from testing at different composting sites with various… Continue reading FEE.116-Breaking Down Compostable Packaging – what is working – what is not – where do we go from here-AC24.USCC

FEE.223-Upcycling Sugarcane By-products with Compost Production to Enhance Regenerative Agricultural Practices-AC24.USCC

Florida Crystals has established an agricultural composting facility that utilizes sugarcane by-products as feedstock, contributing to sustainable farming practices. By recycling sugarcane biomass into compost, the company reduces reliance on purchased fertilizers and closes the nutrient loop within its farming system. The facility’s design minimizes carbon emissions by utilizing conveying systems for feedstock transport instead… Continue reading FEE.223-Upcycling Sugarcane By-products with Compost Production to Enhance Regenerative Agricultural Practices-AC24.USCC

FEE.312-Characterizing PFAS in Commercially Available Compost, Biosolids Fertilizers and Paper Food Packaging-AC24.CREF

This project aims to assess the presence and distribution of PFAS in commercially available compost, biosolids fertilizers, and paper food packaging. Products were obtained from national and local retail outlets and analyzed for 12 PFAS compounds following the 1633 method. Results show a maximum total concentration of PFAS in compost at 41.55.Speakers: Maryam Saffari AmanDuration:… Continue reading FEE.312-Characterizing PFAS in Commercially Available Compost, Biosolids Fertilizers and Paper Food Packaging-AC24.CREF

FEE.115-Field Validating Compostable Products: How BPI is Addressing Composter Confidence in Certification-AC23.USCC

BPI certification was launched in 1999 as a joint initiative with USCC, with agreement between the producers and receivers of the compostable product on the criteria for certification. Fast forward 20+ years and there‚Äôs a growing composter confidence issue, in part linked back to alignment on whether the certification criteria is a reliable enough indicator… Continue reading FEE.115-Field Validating Compostable Products: How BPI is Addressing Composter Confidence in Certification-AC23.USCC