An ambitious goal to reduce food waste 50 percent by 2030 was announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in September 2015. EPA’s efforts to attain that goal will be discussed by Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator of the Office of Land and Emergency Management for the U.S. EPA, at SWANApalooza, taking place April 4-7, 2016, in Charleston, South Carolina.

More than 1000 attendees are expected to join this gathering to hear presentations by other EPA officials, food managers and waste industry leaders discussing how the food waste goal will affect their work. The redirection of food waste currently going to landfills will impact not only waste collection and processing practices, landfill content and gas production, but also will provide needed resources to feed local communities.

Additionally, sessions will focus on organics processing, international food waste and recycling, the circular economy and the updated NSPS landfill rules and regulations. Attendees also will have the opportunity to connect with other industry professionals through networking events, such as the opening reception, and learn more through interactive tours to locations such as the Bees Ferry Road Landfill Facility.

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