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Elemental Impact

August 2014 Newsletter, Edition 39

Welcome to the Ei Newsletter
Ei shifts gears from strategy mode into ACTION with the Sustainable Food Court Initiative Pilots taking center stage. Recycling Refinement is in high gear with the SFCI focus post-consumer food waste collection and the Georgia Dome grounding practices in source-separated material recycling. Read the below newsletter to learn how Ei lives its tagline: Sustainability in ACTION!

Follow the Ei Blogs, The IMPACT and Zero Waste in ACTION, to keep current on project status and tales from the journey.     

Atlanta Ei Partner Tours 

ATL Ei Partner Tours group
On June 9 & 10 Ei Partners traveled from across North America to participate in the Atlanta Ei Partner Tours, hosted by Pratt Industries, Novelis, the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Atlanta Airport). Ei Partners were treated to two action-packed tour days filled with camaraderie, fun and experiential learning.
The IMPACT Blog article, Atlanta Ei Partner Tours, gives an overview of the tours while the Ei FB album, Atlanta Ei Partner Tours, is a pictorial recap.

Sustainable Food Court Initiative Update

Post-Consumer Food Waste Focus:
The stated focus for the three SFCI Pilots - Atlanta Airport, Concord Mills and Georgia Dome - is post-consumer food waste. Each Pilot has strong back-of-the-house food waste collection practices in-place or piloted the practices with success. Front-of-the-house, or post-consumer, food waste collection requires addressing foodservice packaging and effective recycling centers, including placement and signage.
For a SFCI Pilot update from a post-consumer food waste perspective, visit the ZWA Blog article, SFCI targets post-consumer food waste.

Contract Provisions Role in Zero Waste Success:
Common ground within zero waste success stories is the team work, internal within departments | employees and external within the supply chain, required to achieve the recycling, repurposing, and | or reusing “zero” threshold. For large facilities, contract provisions set the stage for the necessary team work.
In the ZWA Blog article, Contract provisions require team work necessary for zero waste success, the SFCI – Atlanta Airport concessionaire contract provision requiring food vendors to use compostable foodservice package is featured for its industry leadership role.

Georgia Dome, home to the Atlanta Falcons:

David, Tim & Louis at
Dome loading dock
The SFCI – Georgia Dome announced the following 2014 Falcons season goals:

1. Implement a post-consumer food waste collection program.

2. Source-separate material generated for on-site produced mini-bales.

3. Expand game day tailgate recycling initiatives in the GWCC-owned parking lots; explore recycling possibilities at privately held parking lots. 

Establishing baselines | fact finding for the business model development are first action steps; timing was impeccable with the opening August pre-season Falcons home game. The ZWA Blog article, Sustainability in ACTION at the Georgia Dome, is an overview of the work-in-progress within the post-consumer food waste and source-separated material recycling program development.


Ei Website Updates

Plastic film bale at
Atlanta penitentiary
Within Recycling Refinement, the focus is on post-consumer food waste collection and source-separated material recycling. In alignment with recent work-in-progress, two new websites pages with the Recycling Refinement section were launched: Post-Consumer Food Waste Focus and Source-Separated Material Recycling Template

Each of SCFI Pilot pages – SFCI – Atlanta Airport, SFCI - Concord Mills & SFCI – Georgia Dome - were updated with current accomplishments and work-in-progress.

Ei Charlotte Visit: Busy, Productive & Fun!

Sarah, Ray & Kim with baler 
The Ei Team visited Charlotte, NC July 30 through August 01 to reunite with long-term pals, meet new pioneers and brainstorm on the powerful Ei | Mecklenburg County Government synergies. It was a busy three days filled with meetings, tours and strategy sessions.  

Ei is a subgrantee under the Sustainable Packaging Coalition EPA Scale-Up Composting in Charlotte, NC Grant. Within the Charlotte visit, grant work was integrated within the Ei meetings and tours.

For an overview of the trip, read the ZWA Blog article, Ei Charlotte Visit: Busy, Productive & Fun!  The Ei FB album, July | August 2014 Ei Charlotte Visit, gives a pictorial recap.

EcoLogic Solutions - GreenSeal Certified!

Anselm Doering
ELS Founder & CEO
Earlier this year Ei Partner EcoLogic Solutions (ELS) received the first Green Seal GS-53 certification for a sanitizer | disinfectant. Kudos to ELS who adds Green Seal certification to 2013 NYC Green Business of the Year, EPA award, and other honors! 
The IMPACT Blog article, Integrity Matters: EcoLogic Solutions staged to evolve industry standards, gives an overview of ELS successes intertwined with humanitarian spirit. Note Brooklyn-based ELS donated more than 20,000 gallons of SANeWater to New York area businesses and homes impacted by Hurricane Sandy. 

Ei Shifting Gears  

Liza & Doug at ATL Airport 
As Ei shifts gears into ACTION mode, new partners take leadership roles and long-time partners renew with stronger active participation commitments. The Ei Partner model epitomizes the team work required to evolve industry operating standards.  

In August SMAT – Sustainable Materials ACTION Team, an Ei task force, was formed to support the post-consumer food waste and source-separated materials recycling program development. Additional SMAT info is forthcoming in the next newsletter.

For an overview of Ei team work in action, visit The IMPACT Blog article, Ei shifts into ACTION mode

Thank You New & Renewing Members! 

Ei Partner Program

Ei’s primary funding is from the corporate community via the Ei Partner Program. Through active participation, Ei Partners work with industry leaders on establishing sustainable business practice standards.

If you are interested in joining the close-knit Ei Partner program and ready to commit to active participation, contact Holly at 404-261-4690.

Ei is the hub of an influential network and invites YOU to join:

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Upcoming Events

Zero Food Waste Forum
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Berkeley, California
The Zero Food Waste Forum is for waste reduction professionals, students, schools, organizations, and businesses, who know that composting is good but recognize the need to do more.  It’s about education on the issue and solutions to the problem and how we all can work better together to reach Zero Food Waste.  

BioCycle East Coast Conference
October 27-30, 2014
Baltimore, Maryland

Organized by the editors of BioCycle magazine, BioCycle Conference incorporate waste management into today’s real world issues. Energy independence, sustainability, climate change, soil and water protection, jobs... Issues that must be addressed if we are going to manage our waste streams for now and the future.

23rd Annual USCC Conference & Tradeshow: Compost 2015

January 20th - 23rd, 2015 
Austin, TX

The USCC's Annual Conference has become the premiere professional meeting for composting, organics recycling and related topics. The Conference attracts more than 1,000 attendees working directly in the fields of compost manufacturing and organics recycling, which guarantees our speakers outstanding professional exposure. 

Thank you for your enthusiasm and support!



Holly D. Elmore 

Founder & CEO,
Elemental Impact

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