Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday

All events take place at Austin Convention Center except Equipment Show

More details are added regularly –  USCC reserves the right to make changes up to the day of the show.

Monday, January 24, 2022

Preconference Activities

Exhibitor move inall dayExhibit Hall
Full and half-day workshops and tours (see details below)8:00-4:30 pm
BPI Membership Meeting - open to all3:30 - 4:30 pm
Annual Membership Meeting of the US Composting Council - open to all5:00 - 6:00 pm
Welcome Reception6:00 - 8:00 pmExhibit Hall

Full and Half-Day Workshops and Tours

For workshops and tours details click HERE

Full Day

Foundations of CompostingMatt Cotton and Bob Rynk8:00 – 4:30 pm
Adding Food Waste to your Compost FacilityJeff Gage, Michael Bryan Brown, Orion Black-Brown and Jake Saavedra9:00 - 4:30 pm
Compost Sales & Marketing – from Waste to WealthRyan Cerrato and Emma Yates9:00 - 4:30 pm

Half Day

Composting Mass Animal MortalitiesGary Flory, Bob Peer and Mark King1:00 - 4:30 pm
Compost Carbon ConnectionSally Brown, Andrew Carpenter, Scott Subler1:00 - 4:30 pm


Austin Large-Scale Composting Tour
Join us for a tour of two of the primary facilities processing organics from the City of Austin, Organics By Gosh, taking source-separated organics, and Hornsby Bend, processing biosolids.
8:15 am - 12:30 pm

Tuesday, January 25

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8:15 - 9:45 am

Session 1A, Business Track, Start Up Financing

8:15 - 9:45 am
Commercial, Legal and Financing Strategies for Developing and Operating Organics Recycling Facilities
Michael Recchia, Bracewell, LLP, New York, NY
Start-Up Fundraising
Michael Robinson, Rust Belt Riders+Tilth Soil, Cleveland, OH

Session 1B, Advocacy and Policy Track, Carbon Economy

8:15 - 9:45 am
A Circular Economy to Scale Carbon Farming and Compost Infrastructure
Anthony Myint, Zero Foodprint
Drawdown Georgia, A Case Study On Composting As A Mechanism to Address Global Warming
J. Mullen, University of Georgia

Session 1C, Compostable Products Track, Accepting and Rejecting Guidance and Experience; The Road to Addressing Issues

Track sponsored by:
8:15 - 9:45 am
The USCC Guide to Accepting or Rejecting Compostable Product
Nora Goldstein, BioCycle Connect, LLC, Emmaus, PA
Considering Perspectives on the Decision to Accept Compostable Products
Coryanne Mansell, Center for EcoTechnology, Northampton, MA
The BPI Roadmap to Overcoming Challenges to Compostable Product Acceptance
Rhodes Yepsen

Session 1D, Operations Track, Fundamentals, Hybrids and Safety

8:15 - 9:45 am
Compost Operations Management – Fundamentals and Beyond
Jeff Ziegenbein, Inland Empire Regional Composting Authority, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Hybrid Approach to Composting
Greg McCarron, SCS Engineers, Suffern, NY
Unknown Safety Hazards at Compost Facilities
Faneuil Alston Sandzen, Atlas Organics, Spartanburg, SC

Session 1E, Uses, Markets and Marketing Track, P in my Compost? Navigating Challenges to Phosphorous Limits

8:15 - 9:45 am
Compost and Phosphorous: Managing Regulations and Risks
Ronald Alexander, R. Alexander Associates, Inc., Apex, NC
Effects of Phosphorous Applications
Sally Brown, University of Washington
Introduction to Phosphorous in Compost and Soil
Andrew Carpenter, Northern Tilth


1:45 - 3:15 pm

Session 2A, Business Track, Funding the Expansion

Track sponsored by:
1:45 - 3:15 pm

Session 2B, Advocacy and Policy Track, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Issues in the Composting Industry

1:45 - 3:15 pm
Overview of Environmental Justice Considerations and Laws
Matthew A Karmel, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP, Morristown (Morristown Town), NJ
EJ and the Compost Industry: Moderated Panel
Jesi Cruz, Common Ground Compost
Samantha Winkle, Waste Connections
Ash Glover-Ganapathiraju

Session 2C, Compostable Products Track, Compostable Product Labeling and Contamination Reduction

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Voluntary Approach: Eligibility, Labeling, and Identification Requirements and Guidance at BPI
Wendell Simonson
Regulatory Approach: Review of Policies and Legislation for Compostable Products - Labeling, EPR, and Organic Standards
Neil Edgar
Regulatory Approach: Review of Policies and Legislation for Compostable Products - Labeling, EPR, and Organic Standards
Rhodes Yepsen

Session 2D, Operations Track, Safe Operations

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Session 2E, Uses, Markets and Marketing Track, Developing New Compost-Based Products and Blends

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm
An Investigation on the Impact of Compost Tea Applications on Turf Quality and Soil Microbial Activity
Nicole C. Wagner, Department of Agricultural Sciences, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
Blending Compost for Various Applications
Tyler Scott Wright, Allwood Recyclers Inc., Fairview, OR
Developing Soil / Media Mixes to Promote Growth of Pollinator Friendly Vegetation in Roadside Settings in NYS
Jean Bonhotal, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Meeting High Quality Standards
Daisy D'Angelo, Scotts Miracle Gro


4:15 to 5:45 pm

Session 3A, Business Track, Selling Your Business

4:15 to 5:45 pm
Selling Your Business
Michael Stevens, WeCare Denali, Dallas, TX

Session 3B, Advocacy and Policy Track, State Action; Zoning Guidelines

4:15 to 5:45 pm
New Zoning Guidelines from USCC
Marcus Zbinden
Compost Advocacy and Coalition Building
Isaac Bearg, New Jersey Composting Council, South Orange, NJ
Expanding Organics Management in Washington State: Challenges and Opportunities
Heather Trim, Zero Waste Washington, Seattle, WA
Growing the Organics Recycling Industry In New York State with Policy
Kristine Ellsworth, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany, NY

Session 3C, Compostable Products Track, Examination and Innovation

4:15 to 5:45 pm

Session 3D, Operations Track, Fundamentals, Hybrids and Safety

4:15 to 5:45 pm
Challenging Odor Issues at a Large Industrial Composter
Josh Rembusch, Byers Scientific, Bloomington, IND
Compost Aeration and Heat Recovery at Country Oaks Landscape Supply
Brian Jerose, Agrilab Technologies Inc., Enosburg Falls, VT
Successful Operation of a Large-Scale Composting Facility with Restrictive Air Permits
Tim O'Neill, Engineered Compost Systems, Seattle, WA

Session 3E, Community Composting, Focusing on Data

4:15 to 5:45 pm
Community Composters: A Growing and Crucial Part of Infrastructure
Brenda Platt, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Washington DC
Research Trends in Community Composting & Technology
Sashti Balasundaram, WeRadiate, Getzville, NY
A Leading Community Composting Program in NYC during COVID
Gerardo Soto, Food Waste Experts
Getting Consumers To Care About Composting
Lauren Clarke, Dallas, TX

Wednesday, January 26

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8:30 - 10:00 am

Session 4A, Business Track, Costs and Data

8:30 - 10:00 am
Breaking it Down: Why the Cost of Operation is Important and How to Calculate It
Ted Dirkx, Vermeer, Pella, IA
Connecting Operations with Finance: Tracking and Visualizing Financial Data
Jarrett Bond, Atlas Organics, Spartanburg, SC
Minimizing Energy Inputs for Compost Manufacturing
Michael J Bryan-Brown, Green Mountain Technologies, Bainbridge Island, WA

Session 4B, Chapter & Member Track, Fundamental Structure of a Strong Chapter

8:30 - 10:00 am
Fundamental Structure of a Strong Chapter
Jairo Gonzalez, NJ Composting Council and the NJ Organics Recycling Foundation, Demarest, NJ

Session 4C, CREF Research Track, Aeration Impacts; Prions; ROI Study

8:30 - 10:00 am
Chronic Wasting Disease Composting: Composting Infectious Proteins
Alex Alton Thomas, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point and Compost Manufacturer's Alliance, Stevens Point, WI
The Application of Laboratory Aeration Demand Testing to Facility Design
Charlie Krauter, Engineered Compost Systems, Seattle, WA
Compost Specifications and Return on Investment
Ronald Alexander, R. Alexander Associates, Inc., Apex, NC

Session 4D, Operations Track, Using Technology: AI, GIS, DNA for Odors, Marketing and Quality

8:30 - 10:00 am
Estimating the Market Potential of Food Waste Generation Using GIS
Debra Darby, Tetra Tech, Gloucester, MA
Addressing Odors Using Intelligent Emissions Monitoring
Dennis Prince, M.Sc., P.Eng., Airdar Inc., Edmonton, Alberta
Enhancing Composting Quality with the Latest DNA Sequencing Breakthroughs
Laura Kavanaugh, PhD., Genome Insights LLC, Hillsborough, NC

Session 4E, Uses, Markets and Marketing Track, Improving Your Social Media & Marketing

Creating Customer Engagement via Partner & Event Collaboration
Suzanne Longacre, Laurel Valley Soils, Landenberg, PA
Creating Custom Videos --Why and How
Clinton Sander, A1 Organics

Session 5A, Business Track, Liquid Wastes as a Potential Revenue Source

11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Session 5B, Chapter & Member Track, Growing Your Chapter Financial Resource Bank: Marketing & Fundraising

11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Session 5C, CREF Research Track, Bioassay Development, Effects on Row Crops; Potting Media

11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Development of Detailed Bioassays for Persistent Herbicides
Gerard Braun, II, Ohio State University, Wooster, OH
Effect of Composts on Microbial Communities in Potting Media
Frederick Michel, Ohio State University, Wooster, OH
Influence of Annual Solid-separated Compost Application on Row crop Productivity
Ken Smiciklas, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Session 5D, Operations Track, Addressing Contamination, Part 1

11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Controlling the Upstream
Leslie Rodgers, Atlas Organics, Spartanburg, SC
Technology-Led Techniques to Reduce Contamination in Organics Recycling
Ryan Cooper, Rubicon
Experiences with Operating an Organics Pick and Sort Line
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Session 5E, Uses, Markets and Marketing Track, Building Specifications & Product Knowledge

11:00 am to 12:30 pm
"Exonerating" Compost from other materials on trial
Donald Pearson, Summit Design and Engineering Services, Fuquay Varina, NC
Modifications to Meet Specifications: Using STA Data to Inform Compost Marketing Strategies
Tera Lewandowski, Scotts Miracle Gro, Marysville, OH

Session 6A, Business Track, Options and Opportunities

2:00 to 3:30 pm
Food Waste Composting as a Pay-As-You-Throw Partner
Cathleen Hall, Pitkin County Solid Waste Center, Aspen, CO
Composting Programs – Feasibility Evaluation and Design Considerations
Tracie Bills, SCS Engineers, Pleasanton, CA
Compost Related Projects Opportunities and Challenges in Puerto Rico
Migual Chacon, The Earth Group, Inc., Guaynabo, PR

Session 6B, Chapter & Member Track, Growing Your Chapter Human Resource Bank: Volunteers & Young Professionals

2:00 to 3:30 pm

Session 6C, CREF Research Track, Biochar, Sargassum; Cocomposting Biosolids

2:00 to 3:30 pm
Better than Just Compost? Improving Compost Quality and Soil Health in Water-Limited Environments with Biochar
Shelby R Hoglund, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Examining the Quality of a Compost Product Derived from Sargassum
Tina Marie (Waliczek) Cade, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
Co-composting of Faecal Sludge with Solid Waste to Improve FSM Practice
Md. Toriqul Islam, NGO Forum for Public Health, Dhaka, Lalmatia, Bangladesh

Session 6D, Operations Track, Addressing Contamination, Part 2

2:00 to 3:30 pm

Session 6E, Uses, Markets and Marketing Track, Tips for Building Customer Relationships and a Better Brand

2:00 to 3:30 pm
Developing Markets: Construction, Landscape, and Beyond
Ryan Cerrato, WeCare Denali, LLC, Garnet Valley, PA
And Action! Lessons Learned in Filmmaking Applied to Compost
Adam Brummond, Return (SFS Fertilizer, LLC), Los Angeles, CA
Customer Service for Composters
Shota Austin, Tank's Green Stuff, Tucson, AZ

Thursday, January 27

Equipment Show and Demonstrations at Texas Organic Products

7:30 amShuttle buses start and will run all day
8:00 amWelcome and breakfast
all dayDisplay equipment available to view and discuss with vendors
8:30 amGrinders and Shredders
9:45 amWindrow Turners
Mixing and Application equipment
11:00 amScreeners
12:00 pmEnjoy a delicious lunch
1:00 pmRepeat all demonstrations
2:00 pmVendors available to discuss equipment
3:30 pmLast bus leaves