University of Minnesota
Minnesota Technical Assistance Program

Managing Organic Waste in Event Centers and Restaurants

UPDATE: UPDATE: This event was held on September 12. For more information about it or MnTAP's services, please contact Laura Babcock, MnTAP Director.

Join the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) for a workshop featuring case studies and resources for the beneficial reuse of food waste and source reduction. Reducing food waste and/or employing beneficial reuse options (food-to-humans, food-to-hogs, food-to-compost) can help your facility reduce waste sent to the landfill and improve your environmental impact. It can also help you save money on disposal costs.

When & Where
Wednesday, Sept. 12 | 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Eagan Community Center
1501 Central Parkway | Eagan, MN

Local experts will be on hand to provide information about starting an organic management program in your facility. Additionally, case studies will be presented from facilities that have recently implemented organics management.

Who Should Attend

Representatives from food-waste generating facilities such as event centers, restaurants, food processors, grocery stores, and other facilities are encouraged to attend. Additionally, representatives from Minnesota cities or economic development agencies are encouraged to attend. Register today!

Event Sponsor: Dick's Sanitation

DSI - Dick\'s Sanitation Inc.Dick's/Lakeville Sanitation is a family-owned hauling company in the Twin Cities Metro area. The company offers a number of waste removal options including compost recycling and is serving the Eagan Community Center's compost recycling needs. Additionally, Dick's Sanitation provides necessary training for beginning recycling programs, such as organics.

Tentative Agenda

8 a.m.

Opening Remarks

  • Mayor Mike Maguire, City of Eagan
  • Laura Babcock, MnTAP Director

8:15 a.m.

Overview of Organics in Minnesota

  • Ginny Black, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

8:45 a.m.

Introduction to MnTAP Organic Work & Services

  • Laura Babcock, MnTAP Director

9:15 a.m.

Pilot Study Presentations and Panel Discussion

  • Eagan Community Center - Cherryl Mesko, City of Eagan
  • Eagan Market Fest - Kerry Phillips, City of Eagan
  • Managing organic waste in restaurants - Jessica Primozich, MnTAP Intern

10:15 a.m.

Break / Networking

10:30 a.m.

Tools and Resources (10 minute overview of various organizations and panel discussion

  • Minnesota Technical Assistance Program - Laura Babcock, Director (Moderator)
  • U.S. EPA Region 5 - Julie Schilf, Environmental Scientist
  • Minnesota WasteWise - Sam Hanson, Business Service Coordinator
  • Dakota Valley Recycling - Leigh Behrens, Environmental Technician
  • Dick's Sanitation (invited)



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