RRS Discusses Compostable Foodservice Packaging as Option for Positive Impact on Food Waste Recovery

April 29, 2014, Ann Arbor, Michigan – Sustainability and recycling consulting firm, RRS, proudly announces Jennifer Lao will present at the Washington State Recycling Association’s 34th Annual Conference and Trade Show in Vancouver, Washington, May 4-7.

Food waste is the largest category of materials that enters the landfill. Jennifer Lao, RRS Consultant, will discuss how compostable foodservice packaging can help facilitate, especially in quick-serve restaurants or cafeterias, food waste recovery by eliminating the need for consumers to follow complicated sorting instructions.

“In 2012, of the 36 million tons of food waste generated, only 4.8% was recovered,” states Lao. “There are various diversion solutions available including donations, animal feed, and composting. The key is collaboratively identifying and working to implement the best solution for each situation.”

Lao will address some of the challenges facing compostable foodservice packaging including availability and operational requirements of composting facilities, as well as economics and contamination. Lao will also highlight examples of voluntary, collaborative efforts with the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) that address these barriers and support composting efforts.

Lao will speak during the “Composting Infrastructure and Materials” session on Monday, May 5, 12:45p-2:00p.

More information on the conference can be found at www.wsra.net.


About RRS

Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, RRS is a sustainability and recycling consulting firm that strives to create a world where resources are managed to maximize economic and social benefit while minimizing environmental harm. The firm has cutting-edge professionals, engineers, economists, and communication specialists who share this vision and possess core strengths in materials and recovery, life cycle management and applied sustainable design. RRS serves both the public and private sectors to manage change in a resource-constrained world.  www.recycle.com


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