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2016 Vermont Organics Recycling Summit

A Decade of Pioneering Organics Management
Montpelier, VT, [March 21, 2016] – Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR), Department of Environmental Conservation and the Composting Association of Vermont will co-host the Tenth Annual Vermont Organics Recycling Summit (VORS) at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center, Vermont on Thursday, April 7, 2016.
Vermonters are gearing up for 2020, when the ban on landfilling organics is fully implemented. This year’s Summit will highlight recent successes, how ingenuity and thrift are ‘changing the game,’ emerging technologies, research, and outreach models to help businesses, communities and residents meet the State’s organics diversion, food rescue, and food scrap recycling goals.
ANR Deputy Secretary, Trey Martin, will give this year’s Welcome: “The Agency is proud to host this event. Information and new networks are essential for Vermonters to divert thousands of pounds of quality edible food to people, and transform food scraps and other organic residuals into livestock feed and valuable products to improve soil health.”
To help us celebrate VORS 10th Anniversary we are pleased to have Susan Antler, Executive Director of The Compost Council of Canada as our Keynote Speaker. As a founding member of The Council Susan has been at the center of organics recycling and compost use across Canada for 25 years. She is also the founder of Compost Awareness Week, now an annual international celebration during the first full week of May.
The theme for this year’s Summit is A Decade of Pioneering Organics Management, and workshops include: Behavior Change Strategies for Source Separation; Commercial and Institutional Food Waste Reduction & Recovery; Anaerobic Digester Research: On-Farm Case Studies for Feeding Food Scraps to Poultry and Processing Residuals to Swine; Policy and Practice Forum; Compliance with Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law (Act 148), and; Changing the Game: Increasing Organics Diversion at Special Events, Restaurants, and Four Season Resorts. VORS 2016 will also host the first interactive workshop with Deb Neher, Ph.D., founder of the New England region Integrated Research and Planning Team, targeting the needs of the organics management sector. Attendees are encouraged to bring their research needs, and provide input on projects in progress.
For more information about the Summit or to register, please visit the event website https://www.regonline.com/VORS2016
Or contact Nicole Duch: vorsummit@gmail.com, 802-223-9860.

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