Our opening Food Matters for 2014 was held in Burrillville Middle School, one of 6 schools in the district that collects food waste from the cafeterias for a a local pig farmer (read the eco-RI article on this unique food waste diversion project).
The team at Aramark, including Chef Josh Mattey, Director Jennifer Palmer, Director Patricia Wright, Director Jeff Powell and General Manager Tom Hoagland prepared a delicious buffet with locally caught fish and local produce from RI farms.
And, of course, there was a food waste bin provided, along with recycling and trash!
Krystal Noiseux was our RIFPC Host for the evening's topic and her guest speaker Mike OConnell of RI Resource Recovery Corporation led a lively discussion around the challenges facing the RI Central Landfill. Check out Mike's presentation at left for all the specifics.
At current loading rates, the Central Landfill be be FULL by 2038. As part of the conversation, Krystal outlined 2 ways the RIFPC is taking action to address this issue: