Advancement of Source Separated Organics Diversion - Residential Sector

Presented at Residential Recycling Conference (March 2013), Chicago, Illinois
Across North America, governments and private corporations continue to focus substantial resources on the advancement of source separated organics (SSO) diversion strategies for food residue from the residential sector.   Given that food residue represents approximately 14% of the composition of the U.S. residential waste stream, municipalities must address this material as they continue to strive for zero waste.
This paper looks at the key drivers to the development of SSO (food) diversion programs ranging from the US EPA  to centralized compost facilities (processors), compost markets and  collection companies for organic material.  Other key influences include retailers and product suppliers and certainly the ultimate user - the resident.