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COMPOST2020 Call for Speakers

US Composting Council


The USCC's Annual Conference and Tradeshow is the premiere professional meeting for composting, organics recycling, and related topics. The Conference routinely attracts approximately 1000 attendees working directly in the fields of compost manufacturing and organics recycling, guaranteeing speakers outstanding professional exposure. Proposed presentations should include information directly relevant to compost manufacturing and related professions.

Submission Due Date: June 30, 2019

Abstracts are encouraged on topics in each of these areas.  Bullets are for examples

Contamination reduction and measurement

  • Upstream diversion policies and practices
  • Contamination removal systems and methods
  • Meeting state limits
  • Benefits and costs of compostables

Compost and Climate Change

  • Research on GHG reduction
  • Carbon sequestion studies
  • Case studies

Composting Technologies

  • Innovative composting systems
  • Combining composting and anaerobic digestion
  • Contamination minimization and removal
  • Software and app innovation

Operators' Track

  • Screening wet material
  • Safety training
  • Tools of the trade
  • Equipment optimization and maintenance

The Business of Composting

  • Funding mechanisms
  • Public/private partnerships
  • Business models
  • Employee recruitment and management


  • Synergies with compost
  • Recent research
  • Case studies

Uses and Markets

  • Pricing and valuing compost-based products
  • Green infrastructure applications
  • Research on compost benefits: water savings, carbon sequestration, growth trials, etc
  • Impacts and remediation of persistent herbicides
  • Increasing sales of compost-based products

Diverting and Collecting Organics

  • Adding food scraps to yard debris composting programs
  • Commercial organics programs
  • Residential and community organics collection
  • On-site processing technologies
  • Specialized collection equipment
  • College and university and educational institutional partnership

Environmental Protection and Regulation

  • Overcoming permitting challenges
  • Odor problems and solutions
  • Stormwater management at compost facilities
  • Successful voc reduction strategies

Community Composting

  • Success stories
  • Program evaluation
  • Integration into municipal programs

Programming, Policy and Education

  • Impacts of new landfill bans and diversion mandates
  • New policies that promote compost manufacturing and use


***Abstracts will also be accepted for full 90-minute sessions.  Full session abstracts must identify the individual speakers and panelists and topics to be covered.

All sessions are 90 minutes.  Presenters can expect to have 20 minutes for their presentation, plus a few minutes for Q & A if time allows.  Both case studies and research reports are welcome.  Case studies may not simply espouse the benefits of a single product or service but must make a more general point (ie, no “infomercials”).  Strong preference is for composter-presenters.

Abstracts should be clear and concise and be no more than 300 words for an single presentation and 500 words for a full session. A review committee will rate all abstracts.  Ratings are based on content, clarity, format and USCC membership.

Accepted abstracts will be available to view on-line prior to and at the conference.

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