The Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), a leading certifier of compostable products and packaging, has announced the election results for its Board of Directors, including the first composter in BPI’s more than 20-year history.
Atlas Organics, a Spartanburg, South Carolina-based commercial composter, will be represented by Leslie Rodgers, director of business development. Composters like Atlas Organics will now be eligible for BPI’s Board thanks to a new Stakeholder Membership program initiated in late 2019 that creates membership opportunities for organizations not directly certifying products and materials with BPI.
“…We are particularly excited to have the first composter join BPI’s Board of Directors,” said Rhodes Yepsen, executive director of BPI. “This is part of our effort to better represent the entire value chain. It is our hope that BPI can become a hub of collaboration between composters, operators, manufacturers and others moving forward in our shared goal of keeping organics out of landfills.”
Atlas Organics is the first composter to join BPI as a part of the organization’s Stakeholder Membership program, which is free for composters and municipalities. According to BPI, Stakeholder Members are organizations that support BPI's mission, but do not currently certify products or materials with BPI.
“Joining BPI has given Atlas Organics the opportunity to participate in the crucial conversations about compostable packaging happening across the industry,” said Rodgers. “I’m excited to share the perspective of composters with my fellow BPI board members, and to help open lines of communication between composters and packaging manufacturers.”