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Opportunities and Barriers… Zero Waste Strategies for Food Scraps and Other Organics Rich Flammer, Composting Consultant 3rd Annual Orange County " Zero.

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1 Opportunities and Barriers… Zero Waste Strategies for Food Scraps and Other Organics Rich Flammer, Composting Consultant 3rd Annual Orange County " Zero in on Zero Waste - Don't let your Bottom Line go to Waste" Business Conference June 26, 2008 Ford Motor Company Irvine, CA

2 Challenges….

3 Permitting

4 Local land use rules and zoning - CUP CEQA AQMD (RULE 1133) Water Board CIWMB permit

5 Id like to compost on my farm, what do I need to do…

6 Public perception and NIMBY (includes local planners)

7 Lack of coordination between generators, planners, and resource managers

8 9 Permitted Compost Facilities in Orange County, 6 Chip & Grind (None permitted nor in the development stage for food residuals) Not enough processors…

9 Lack of a strategic investment

10 Competing land use… 160 acres dedicated to local food production eaten by a single mouse…

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12 Sources: Orange County Farm Bureau State of California Department of Conservation Farmland Mapping & Monitoring Program Agriculture in Orange County Today Contributes more than $300 million to the local economy With all economics factored in, total value of $1 billion From 2000 to 2002 alone, prime farmland in Orange County reduced by 8,530 acres (approximately 17 percent) The Orange County Board of Supervisors did not designate any farmland as being of Local Importance

13 Still Worth Fighting For… Improved soil Logistics Built-in resources Improved crop yields Water conservation Markets for end-products Transition to organic growing Highest and best use of organics Diversified agricultural revenue streams Preservation of both farming and organics processing industries

14 Solutions …

15 Hierarchy of Options Collection for centralized facility creating fertilizers, soil amendments (composting) or mulches Source reduction (methods to prevent wasted food and other discards) Collection for delivery to farms (feed animals) Collection for delivery to farms (direct land application) Onsite composting or other processing technology Donation to food banks (feed people)

16 Source Reduction Red Lobster switched from paper to cloth napkins and diverted more than 23,000 tons of paper from the landfill annually Wendys stopped printing on their paper napkins and diverted 28 tons a year; Changes in packaging of pickles, mustard and mayonnaise diverted an additional 500 tons annually McDonalds switched from bags to cartons for its hash browns and realized a 74% decrease in paper usage, keeping 1,700 tons of material from becoming waste

17 Peerless Coffee and Tea One change of coffee packaging machines and reduced the amount of Mylar waste by 95 percent and saves $100,000 annually in reduced packaging supply costs Ghirardelli Chocolate Company One change going from cardboard boxes to durable totes cut annual packaging costs by $520,000, and prevents 350 tons of soiled cardboard waste each year

18 From fiscal year 2000, approximately 10,614 tons of food recovered Oregon Food Bank estimates 2,122 tons would have been landfilled From 1999 to 2005, nearly $700,000 in grants from Portland Metro Estimated additional food recovery as a result of the grant program was 9,000 tons annually Food Donation

19 On-site Composting

20 A look at one of the high tech food scrap processing units Princeton University has been using for the past 12 years…

21 Cost: $12/day (Savings of over $20,000 each year)

22 Comprehensive Programs: Organics diversion on the Hawaiian Islands Foodland Super Market, Ltd. 30 stores on four islands 450 tons of meat and seafood a year diverted from 19 Oahu stores to be converted into agricultural feed 335 tons a year of produce scraps diverted from 14 stores to pig farmers Over 45 tons of food a year donated to the Hawaii Food Bank

23 Buy local produce… Orange County Farm Bureau Sponsored Certified Farmers' Markets Irvine Tustin Costa Mesa Orange Laguna Hills Huntington Beach Laguna Beach Irvine Laguna Niguel

24 Multitude of methods for source reduction/composting Multi-faceted approaches ensure success Consider on-site options Landfill diversion = cost savings Environmental sustainability = economic sustainability Support local agriculture Vote for candidates who support sustainability (if you can find any) Thanks for listening! Explore the Opportunities… Rich Flammer Hidden Resources (619)


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