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A Look into California’s Complex Waste Stream and Markets During Unusual Times
Wed 19 Aug, 2020 13:30–15:00, Room 2add to calendar
PRESENTATION TOPIC
POLICY
Session Description

CalRecycle’s waste characterization and exports data helps inform state policymakers and local governments about trends in California disposal and recycling. Our waste characterization studies are some of the largest and comprehensive looks at the composition of residential, commercial and self-haul waste in the country. The 2018 waste characterization data provides a snapshot of the waste stream leading up to 2020, a benchmark year for many CalRecycle regulations. COVID-19 and changing international policies are also having a significant impact on California’s recycling and waste stream. CalRecycle’s upcoming waste characterization studies will better address material categories that are of growing public interest and/or fall under CalRecycle’s purview through recent legislation.

Speakers
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Kate Wilkins, CalRecycle
Title:
Environmental Scientist
Speaker Biography:

Kate Wilkins is an Environmental Scientist in the Policy Development and Analysis Office at CalRecycle. Her focus is international recycling markets and CalRecycle’s recycling characterization studies.

Abstract Title:
California Markets: Early Impacts of COVID-19 and International Policies
Speaker Abstract:

COVID-19 and international policies are significantly affecting California’s recycling markets. While international markets have always shifted, China’s National Sword and subsequent and pending policy changes are having a significant impact on markets for scrap plastic and paper. COVID-19 has also had a major effect on recyclable markets due to, among other factors, the reduction in commercial material generation, temporary regulatory measures and the drop in global oil prices. It is too early for comprehensive data about the effects of COVID-19 on recycling, but export data and industry reporting can shed light on trends we expect to see in the next year.

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Edward Chu, CalRecycle
Title:
Environmental Scientist
Speaker Biography:

Edward Chu is an Environmental Scientist in the Policy Development and Analysis Office at CalRecycle. He is heavily involved in data analysis of the Department’s waste characterization studies.

Abstract Title:
CalRecycle’s 2018 Statewide Disposal-Based Waste Characterization Data and What to Expect in 2020
Speaker Abstract:

CalRecycle released its 2018 Statewide Disposal-Based Waste Characterization Study in May 2020. This report represents 94 material types found in the 40 million tons of waste California disposed in 2018.  Additionally, the study sheds light on the  progress in reaching California’s diversion goals. How does the data compare to 2014? What are we changing for the 2020 study and what impact has COVID-19 had on the study plans?

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Kamrun Zargar, CalRecycle
Title:
Senior Environmental Scientist
Speaker Biography:

Kamrun Zargar is Senior Environmental Scientist with CalRecycle’s Policy Development and Analysis Office since 2018. He was previously an environmental microbiologist, in academia and industry, focusing on discovery of novel biochemical pathways and microbes that produce biofuel-related molecules. He has a PhD in Microbiology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  

Abstract Title:
CalRecycle’s 2018 & 2020 Commercial Generator-Based Edible Food Waste Characterization Studies and the Future of Edible Food Recovery
Speaker Abstract:

SB 1383’s edible food diversion targets require data to help establish baselines and develop a capacity planning tool for jurisdictions. This tool will also be useful for food generators in certain business groups. What sort of data will the 2018 and 2020 food generator study provide and how will it help certain business groups? How will COVID-19 impact the 2020 study plan and generated data?

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Martine Boswell, CalRecycle
Title:
Environmental Scientist
Speaker Biography:

 bMartine Boswell is an Environmental Scientist in CalRecycle’s Statewide Technical and Analytical Resources Branch. She serves as CalRecycle’s technical advisor on food waste, and provides scientific analyses on California’s food system and climate change. Martine is also engaged in statewide efforts to increase safe surplus food donation in California, and is a member of the CalRecycle team tasked with developing the edible food recovery regulations for California’s short-lived climate pollutant law, Senate Bill 1383. She received her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of California Santa Cruz, and her master’s in environmental studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Abstract Title:
CalRecycle’s 2018 & 2020 Commercial Generator-Based Edible Food Waste Characterization Studies and the Future of Edible Food Recovery
Speaker Abstract:

SB 1383’s edible food diversion targets require data to help establish baselines and develop a capacity planning tool for jurisdictions. This tool will also be useful for food generators in certain business groups. What sort of data will the 2018 and 2020 food generator study provide and how will it help certain business groups? How will COVID-19 impact the 2020 study plan and generated data?

Moderator
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Kate Wilkins, CalRecycle
Title:
Environmental Scientist