The biggest focus that California’s waste industry is currently confronting is creating programs to divert organic material from the non-residential sector. This presentation will emphasize how planners can be a part of this solution. This session will provide participants with a basic background of the current commercial waste and recycling programs that are currently used in the Orange County area as well as the applicable recycling laws affecting Jurisdictions. The presenter will emphasize various organics diversion topics such as updating enclosure guidelines to allow for enough space for foodwaste bins, applicable waste sections of the California Green Building Code, how to include materials and waste management in a General Plan, the need for more waste facilities, current case studies of organics diversion programs and resources that are available to planners.
Planners attending this program will learn how to:
Identify various waste and recycling programs as well as applicable laws
Apply CalGreen waste sections to current planning policies
Understand types of organics diversion programs through viewing current case studies
Mallory Burden, LEED Green Associate
Mallory Burden is an Environmental Scientist for CalRecycle, where she participates in many hands on project teams including being staff lead of the Organics Team. 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 accomplishing change with local nonprofits such as Algalita and OC Harvest Club.
Kathryn Ferrer is an Environmental Scientist for CalRecycle, where she assists various jurisdictions in North Orange County with their waste and recycling programs as well as serves as Zone Liaison to the Orange County Recycling Market Development Zone program (RMDZ) where she assists businesses, specifically recycled content manufacturers. Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from California State University Long Beach, and expanded upon her environmental interests in receiving her certificate in Recycling and Resource Management. When not hard at work, Kathryn enjoys cooking, baking, and event planning.