Organics management is currently a popular subject as a viable solution to our ever-growing materials management challenges. On March 5, more than 100 stakeholders from across New York State gathered at the NYS Community-Based Composting Summit at Marist College in Poughkeepsie to continue the conversation on composting. Hosted by the NYSAR3 Organics Council, the summit featured a day of presentations and networking to support existing composting operations as well as encourage the development of new programs.

The summit primarily connected small to medium scale composters, such as single on-site systems, but also included some region-wide programs with multiple sites in a city or region. A working group was established to support these operations long-term.

Partners including Syracuse EFC, Casella Organics, Hudson Valley Regional Council, Institute for Local Self Reliance, and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation also supported the summit. Notes from the event are available on the NYSAR3 website.