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Residential Food Waste Regulatory Strategies 

October 4, 1:30 - 3:00 eastern | Register

The seminar will look at the different regulatory strategies chosen by two states for residential food waste diversion, their strategies for implementing them, as well as measuring results.  As the 3rd largest state in the US, California has a food waste recycling requirement for residents (SB1383). In Vermont, one of the smallest states, a food scraps ban is implemented. This is part of the state's Universal Recycling Law.

Seminar Presenters

Dr. Emily Belarmino photoDr. Emily Belarmino is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences and the Food Systems Program at the University of Vermont.  Her work explores the links between diets, the environment, and human health.  Dr. Belarmino's current research focuses on (1) food nutrition security among at-risk populations and (2) sustainable food systems and diets.

Dr. Belarmino holds an undergraduate degree in environmental studies from Mount Holyoke College and master's degrees in public health and agriculture, food, and environment from Tufts University.  She has a PhD in public health and policy from the London School of Hygience and Tropical Medicine.  Dr. Belarmino completed post-doctoral training in community nutrition at Cornell University. 

Mallory Burden

Mallory Burden is a Senior Environmental Scientist for CalRecycle, where she leads projects to provide local assistance to state agencies, schools and local jurisdictions implementing waste diversion programs. Mallory, a frequent speaker at local industry events, started her educational pursuits through receiving a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from CalPoly Pomona before focusing her interests on environmental issues through a Masters in Green Technologies from the University of Southern California.  When Mallory isn’t working she enjoys hiking, camping and working with local nonprofit, Algalita, on preventing plastics pollution.

Emma Stuhl photo

Emma Stuhl is an Environment Analyst for the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to help all of Vermont recycle better, compost more, and reduce waste. In this role, Emma wears many hats to implement Vermont’s Materials Management Plan and laws—she presents at conferences, visits businesses, communicates across mediums, manages grants and contracts, analyzes policy and data, and more. Before joining DEC, Emma earned her M.S. from the Field Naturalist Program at the University of Vermont and worked as an environmental and sustainability educator, an ecologist, and a program coordinator across the northeast.

The Seminar is eligible for NHDES CEUs. 

Recordings & Presentations

All seminar recordings and presentations are available under NERC's Resources. View our Resources Search Tool and check 'Seminars.'

Material Reuse Forum 4 - Creating Policies That Support Reuse (September 20, 2023)

Properly Managing E-Cigarettes & Vaping Waste Streams (April 27, 2023)

EPR for Packaging & Bottle Bill Programs: How Can They Coexist? (April 13, 2023)

Material Reuse Forum 3: Measuring Economic Impacts of Reuse (April 11, 2023)
EPR for Carpet: Opportunities and Impact (March 28, 2023)

Collaborative Solutions to Automate MRFs (March 16, 2023)

Gypsum Wallboard 2: Opportunities to Increase Recycling (January 24, 2023)

Gypsum Wallboard 1: Problems, Recommendations, & The Current State of Recycling (January 9, 2023)

Ground Glass Pozzolans – A More Sustainable Solution for Recycled Glass & Concrete (December 14, 2022)

Strategies for Residential Food Waste Reduction & Composting (December 13, 2022)

Rubber Modified Asphalt Workshop (December 8, 2022) - Presentations

Material Reuse Forum 2: Impact of Building Materials Reuse on Climate Change (December 6, 2022)

Solar Panel Recycling & EPR (September 20, 2022)

Material Reuse Forum 1: Reuse Centers Creating Community: Connections & Benefits (September 7, 2022)

NextCycle: A Model for Recycling Market Development (August 10, 2022)

Avoiding Contamination in Food Waste Feedstock for Composting (June 14, 2022)

Purchasing Standards for Low Carbon Concrete (June 1, 2022)

Extended Producer Responsibility for Gas Cylinders (May 3, 2022)

Food Waste Reduction Strategies & Tools for Businesses & Institutions (April 20, 2022)

End Markets for Finished Compost (February 23, 2022)

Recycled Content Mandates: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (January 6, 2022)