Establishing a Zero Waste Procurement Policy and Translating that to Contracts

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5th Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference
Establishing Zero Waste Procurement Policies and Contracts for Services
Friday, June 3rd, 2016
11:00 am to 12:15 pm

Panel Description: Procurement and purchasing habits are a key component to any Zero Waste program.  This session will share resources on how to establish a Zero Waste Procurement Policy and how you can use that policy to impact contracts in a way that will lead to a strong Zero Waste program.



  • Scott D. Lutocka, Facilities Manager, Piazza Produce, Inc. (Moderator)
  • Marialyce Pedersen, Senior Representative, The Walt Disney Company Corporation Citizenship
  • Earth Friendly Products: Nadereh Afsharmanesh, Vice President of Sustainability, Earth Friendly Products
  • Container Recycling Institute: Susan V. Collins, President, Container Recycling Institute


scottlutocka200pxScott D. Lutocka has dedicated over 30 years to the Food Service Distribution Industry and has spent the past 19 years of his career with Piazza Produce, Inc. As Facilities Manager, he implemented comprehensive recycling and commercial compost programs which permitted the company to achieve Zero Waste by 2012.

In recognition for Zero Waste achievement, Piazza Produce was awarded Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s 2012 Sustainability Award in the area of Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle. In February of 2013, Mr. Lutocka received the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Indy Chapter’s Award of Excellence for “The Sustainable Design & Energy Efficient Projects” category. Additional Awards include the Heritage Interactive Services/IS2 Data Management’s “A World of Difference Award” for achieving Zero Waste to Landfill in May 2013; Food Logistics 2014 Top Green Providers; RecycleForce’s 2014 Corporate Challenge; and in 2015 was the first company in Indiana to receive the Green Plus Certification. His most valuable recognition occurred when he received our USZWBC Gold Level Certification for Zero Waste Achievement (97.5% WTL Diversion Rate) in May of 2014.


Marialyce Pedersen resizedMarialyce Pedersen is an environmentalist, journalist, author, researcher, and teacher, who has worked for 13 years as a Senior Representative for The Walt Disney Company Corporate Citizenship – Environment & Conservation Department team, headquartered in Glendale, CA.  She currently conducts research and develops and supports implementation of companywide environmental standards and guidelines. Prior to Disney, Marialyce worked in the recycling field for local government for nine years: Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, and the cities of Thousand Oaks and Ventura.

In 2011 and 2012, Marialyce served as Adjunct Faculty at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, teaching a Zero Waste in Business course.  Students in the program had the opportunity to earn certificates and AA degrees in Zero Waste, as part of a Department of Labor Green Jobs grant.

She is also the co-author of a bestselling paperback book, Backyard Composting (1992; 600,000 copies in print) and wrote a manual on municipal compost program development, titled Keep It Off the Curb. She has worked as a freelance writer for The Los Angeles Times newspaper and BioCycle, MSW Management and E! magazines.


Nadereh Afsharmanesh resizedNadereh Afsharmanesh is the Vice President of Sustainability at Earth Friendly Products/Venus Laboratories. As the Vice President of Sustainability, Nadereh has developed a comprehensive policy and a strategic plan for current and long-term environmental initiatives to continue moving the company towards an environmentally sustainable future. These include goals at all appropriate organizational levels that relate to energy, carbon emissions, green building, Zero Waste and other areas of sustainable development. She previously served as an R&D Chemist, Production Manager, and Plant Manager for the company’s California manufacturing facility.

Nadereh has a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Applied Chemistry, a Master of Environmental Management Degree, and a PhD in Life Cycle Analysis which she earned in Australia.


SVC head shot crop copyMs. Susan V. Collins is the President of the Container Recycling Institute and has worked exclusively on recycling and sustainability issues for more than 25 years.  Ms. Collins leads research projects for the Container Recycling Institute and works with environmental organizations, activists and state and federal governments throughout the United States and around the world to educate the public on the benefits of packaging recycling.

Ms. Collins is a former board member of the National Recycling Coalition and advisor to the California Resource Recovery Association.

Ms. Collins has testified before the legislatures of California, Nevada, Vermont, Maine, Minnesota, Maryland, Tennessee, and Massachusetts.

Ms. Collins has appeared on the Diane Rehm show, National Public Radio, PRI’s The World, BBC radio, KNX radio, Maryland Public Radio, KQED radio, and AlJazeera’s Tech Know (TV) and KCET’s Emmy-nominated SoCal Connected (TV), and has been quoted in news stories in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Fortune, Mother Jones, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Boston Globe, Resource Recycling, Waste 360, Plastics News, and Beverage World, among others.