P.O.W.E.R. 

Perishable Organic Waste to Energy Recycling

Collaboration is one of the keys to Elemental Impact’s success.  Our Strategic Partners contribute their expertise and industry connections to maximize the impact of Ei initiatives.

POWER Mission:  To explore and evaluate the highest good collection, recycling and use of perishable organics and make recommendations for deployment  of economically viable projects within a defined geographic region area.

POWER meetings include presentations by industry experts on options for use of perishable organics, collection systems available and challenges faced in current projects. 

Lively dialogue among participants is encouraged for maximum exploration and collaborative efforts.  POWER members include professionals from government, non-profits, trade associations, universities, research institutes and private enterprise.

Working in conjunction with the Zero Waste Zone team, the immediate POWER focus is creating a strong infrastructure within the foodservice industry for clean source separation and efficient food residual collection for composting or waste to energy facilities.

Roadblocks to creating economically viable ventures include:

  • Availability of permitted facilities for perishable organic composting and other options
  • Collection system infrastructure
  • Feedstock contamination at the source, whether consumer or commercial

The roadblocks are addressed at meetings along with emerging technology and solutions for diverting perishable organics from landfills. 

Click below for past POWER meetings' list of agenda topics along with supporting PowerPoint presentations.

 2009   2010  2011  2012 

The POWER Steering Committee serves as the action arm in the perishable organic initiative.  The two following subcommittees address the following areas:

The POWER Steering Committee serves as the action arm in the perishable organic initiative.  The two following subcommittees address the following areas:
  • Technical ~ responsibilities include addressing the technical aspects of options presented at meetings and reporting on the metrics associated with the system's operations
  • Public Policy ~ responsibilities include addressing the permitting and zoning challenges faced by companies ready to launch end-use options for perishable organics.

POWER meets twice per year to report the action taken by the POWER Steering Committee along with new technologies available for perishable organics.

For additional information or to join POWER contact Holly Elmore of Elemental Impact at 404-261-4690 or holly@elementalimpact.org.