The Environment Council of Rhode Island Education Fund will be presenting the 2014 Rhode Island Compost Conference and Trade Show on Monday March 10 beginning at 9 AM at Salve Regina University in Newport Rhode Island. The gathering of the compost industry and home compost devotees in Rhode Island each year, this year we highlight efforts to increase composting on Aquidneck Island as well as a discussion by representatives of the Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts environmental agencies about mandatory separation and collection of commercial food scrap. Other highlights include a workshop on the Providence Compost Pilot and a workshop including Sarah Kite of RIRRC talking about the State Solid Waste Guide plan now under construction and Representative Donna Walsh discussion the bill she has introduced H-7033 that would begin a phased in mandate for the collection of commercial food scrap in Rhode Island. There will also be workshops for home composters from the Worm Ladies of Charlestown and the URI Master Composters and Recyclers. Conference Organizer Greg Gerritt noted ?This is our 5th RI Compost Conference and our 3rd Trade Show. And each year we see further development of the compost industry in Rhode Island. We think anyone with an interest in the further development of composting will find much of interest at the event?
Much of the day will be given over to a trade show highlighting compost businesses and agencies and non profits promoting compost. Exhibits from Sustainable Aquidneck, Buxton Hollow Farms, The URI Master Composters and Recyclers, Brown Bear Corporation, NOFA RI, Vertal Inc., RINLA and RIRRC are confirmed with a few slots still available.
Registration is available on line at: http://environmentcouncilri.org/ and information on attending or exhibiting is also available by calling the ECRI office at 401-621-8048 or filling in the comment section on the registration form. The full schedule will be posted as soon as it is finalized. Cost of the conference is $35.00