"Know Your Trash" emerged as a common theme among presenters.The ZWA Blog post, Know Your Trash, up close & personal, is an overview of the first day sessions. In addition to "Know Your Trash" several other common themes intertwined the presentations including keep it simple, shift corporate culture and engage employees through education and incentives.
Within the food waste focus on the second day, the common thread among presenters was the importance of working together - zero waste is achieved via team work. The ZWA Blog post, Zero Waste Success Requires WE Consciousness, summarizes the powerful plenary sessions.
|Ei panel: Holly, Chris, Scott|
photo courtesy of Amy Moreland
After Holly's opening remarks, Scott led the panel with his The Supply Chain's Critical Role in Zero Waste Success presentation. In 2012 Piazza Produce surpassed the coveted 90% landfill diversion rate under Scott's leadership as facilities manager. A foodservice produce distributor, Piazza is both a customer and an industry supplier. During his talk, Scott explained how he worked with Piazza's produce suppliers to eliminate trash components within packaging.
|Herb box - no glue on the|
photo courtesy of Scott Lutocka
Scott ended his excellent presentation with Piazza's role in their customer's zero waste programs. If products are shipped in non-recyclable packaging, the supplier prevents their customer from achieving zero waste, defined here as "zero." Scott is committed to a proactive approach to supporting their customer's recycling programs.
Frequently, produce is delivered in paraffin-based waxed cardboard that withstands water flow inherent within the cleaning and packaging process. Also, produce may be ice-packed for transport. As explained in the ZWZ Blog post, Waxed Cardboard Boxes = Landfill Destiny = $$ Lost, paraffin-based waxed cardboard is a contaminant for recycling and composting operations.
cardboard produce box
Next on the panel, Chris presented on the Seattle Mariner's Sustainable Saturdays program at Safeco Field. Each Saturday home game features a sustainable theme, give-aways and fun contests for the fans. As a sponsor of the Seattle Mariner's zero waste program, BASF was instrumental in bringing the necessary community and corporate players together for a winning zero waste season.
But, where to start? With organics - food waste & yard waste - more than 50% of the Mariner's waste profile, beginning with an organics collection system for composting was a natural emphasis in program development. Cedar Grove, a Seattle-based composting facility, joined the team as the organics destination.
|Chris during his presentation|
The Seattle Mariner's zero waste program mascots, Kid Compost and Captain Plastic, promote the Sustainable Saturday events and contests. Forterra, Seattle Public Utilities and Puget Sounds Starts Here give the local government and non-profit team flavor.
SUCCESS: In fiscal year 2011, 974 tons of material was recycled | composted with a $95,000 cost-savings! Since taking the first zero waste steps in 2005, the Mariner's estimate an overall $2,000,000 in cost-savings from their zero waste initiatives.To learn more about the BASF | Seattle Mariner's partnership, watch the four minute Sustainable Saturdays video.
Rounding out the panel, Perry shared the Tampa Airport's role in creating a food donation template for HMSHost's nearly 100 North American airport foodservice operations. Due to quality and customer selection standards, a food preparation overage is built into HMSHost's business model. The airport "grab 'n go" meals have a maximum 24 hour shelf life.
|Perry during his presntation|
Moving beyond "grab 'n go" donations to food court restaurants, the HMSHost - Tampa Airport donates prepared, un-served food from their Quick Service Restaurants and seating dining establishments. Quality control standards at the restaurants result in a significant food donation opportunity. For example, at Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen fried chicken has a 20 minute shelf life after leaving the fryer; at 21 minutes the tasty chicken is "un-servable" yet perfect for donation.
|Rev White collecting donated food|
@ Concord Mills
photo courtesy of Brian Shetron
Thanks to Perry, Brian and their teams' heroic efforts in building a strong, easy-to-follow template, over 65 HMSHost airports participate in a food donation program at some level.
HMSHost partners with the Food Donation Connection for their national donation program. FDC assists HMSHost determine the un-served food that meets the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, identifies the local recipients, and provides an excellent metrics platform that calculates the tax deduction associated with the donation. The ZWA Blog post, Food Donation: Everyone WINS!, explains how the community, the foodservice operator and the holder of restaurant's waste contracts benefit from food donation. As a company HMSHost donated over 1.2 million pieces of food year-to-date as of May 31 and is on track for 2.5 million pieces of food donated in 2013.
To learn more about HMSHost - Tampa Airport's leadership role in commercial food donation programs see the ZWA Blog's all-time most popular post, Reduce First, Donate Second & Compost Third.
|Stephanie Barger (USZWBC), Holly|
photo courtesy of Scott Lutocka
The ZWA Blog post, Zero Waste Success Requires WE Consciousness, features Jim's keynote presentation. In partnership with YUM! Brands, FDC produced an excellent video, HMSHost and Food Donation Connection Food Rescue, on how their system works featuring the Tampa Airport donation program.
The Zero Waste is a Team Sport panel PPT presentations are available for download on the Ei Speaking Engagements page. For a pictorial recap of the panel, visit the Ei FB album, 05-09-13 USZWBC Conference - Food Waste Focus.
With industry leaders working together, moving beyond zero waste to a no-waste scenario is on the horizon. The WE Consciousness embraces synergies without regard to government, corporate or other boundaries. Industry heroes like Piazza Produce, BASF & HMSHost bring the possible out of impossible, creating evolved industry operating standards.