Food Matters March 2014: The Future of the RI Landfill: What Will It Mean for Food Waste?

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). 

20140319_181655_0_0.jpgThe 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.

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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.

 

 

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The Takeaway:

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:

1. The RIFPC Healthy Environment Work Group is working on a Food Too Good To Waste pilot project with the EPA to help REDUCE food waste in RI.  Visit the Healthy Environment Work Group page to learn more/get involved.

2. The RIFPC submitted recommended changes to the RIDEM for the revised State Compost Regulations (due out Summer 2014) to help DIVERT food waste from the Landfill.  The RIDEM has indicated that it will consider those recommendations when updating the Regulations.

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