Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Exhibit Hall Hours | Toolbox Talks

Almost all COMPOST2024 events will be held at Ocean Center Convention Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. Please note that the Pre-conference Tour on Tuesday, February 6, and the Equipment Show (Demo Day) on Friday, February 9, are off-site events. The convention center is the departure location for all buses, including those for Tuesday’s tours and Friday’s Demo Day at the Tomoka Landfill in Volusia County. Additional details are regularly added to this page. The US Composting Council (USCC) retains the right to make changes until the day of the event.

Preconference Activities
USCC Board of Directors Meeting9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
USCC Certification Commission Meeting10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Exhibitor move inAll DayExhibit Hall
Registration Open7:00 AM - 7:00 PMConnector Concourse
Badge pick-up and walk-in services will be reserved for workshop and tour attendees only from 7:00 - 8:30 AM.
BPI Membership meeting - open to all3:30 - 4:30 PM103 C
Full and half-day workshops and tours8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Young Professionals Community Project 10:00 AM - 3:00 PMHalifax Urban Ministries
Annual Membership Meeting of USCC and CREF Annual Meeting - open to all5:00 - 6:00 PMExhibit Hall
Welcome Reception6:00 - 8:30 PMExhibit Hall

Full and Half-Day Workshops

For workshop and tour details click HERE
Foundations of CompostingMatt Cotton and Bob Rynk8:30 AM – 4:30 PM102 A
Compost Sales & MarketingRyan Cerrato9:00 AM – 4:30 PM102 B
Adding Food Waste to your Compost FacilityMichael Bryan-Brown, Aurel Lubke and Rik Langendoen8:00 AM - 4:30 PM102 C
Compost Use in Crops and LandscapeMonica Hampton8:30 AM - 12:00 PM103 A
Compost Carbon ConnectionSally Brown, Andrew Carpenter, Scott Subler1:00 - 4:30 PM103 B
Regenerative Farming, Composting, Teas, Vermicomposting, and DNA SequencingLaura Kavanaugh and Simeon Kleinsasser1:00 - 4:30 PM103 A
Community Composting Systems: New Projects and Scaling Up Existing ProjectsBrenda Platt, Linda Bilsens Brolis, and Khari Diop1:00 - 4:30 PM101 A/B
Compost Facility Tour8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Daytona 500 International Speedway Tour8:30 AM - 3:30 PM


ICAW Breakfast7:00 - 8:00 AM101 A
Registration Open7:00 AM - 7:00 PMConnector Concourse
Exhibit Hall Opens8:00 AMExhibit Hall


8:15 - 9:45 AM

Concurrent Session 1A Operations Track
Managing Contamination at Composting Facilities

Moderator: Elliot Schneider, City of St. Peters, MO

8:15 - 9:45 AM102 A/B
Optimizing Operations: Strategies to Reduce Contamination in Large Scale Composting
Dustin Montey, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
The Commercial Side of Food Diversion
Jason Browne, WeCare Denali LLC
Overcoming Contamination Challenges
Mary Matava, Agri Service Inc.

Concurrent Session 1B Business Track
Composting Infrastructure

Moderator: Jorge Montezuma, Wanu Organics

8:15 - 9:45 AM103 B/C
Planning and Development of a Public Compost Facility
Greg McCarron, SCS Engineers, Suffern, NY
Growing the Composting Industry in New York State
Kristine Ellsworth, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany, NY
Using Strategic Collaboration to Streamline the Permitting Process
Rik Langendoen, Green Mountain Technologies Inc.

Concurrent Session 1C CREF Research Track
Compost Impact on Crops and Soil

Moderator: Chuck Duprey, NaturCycle

8:15 - 9:45 AM202 A/B/C
Sustainable Almond Cultivation in California: Assessing the Impact of Integrated Compost and Cover Crop Strategies on Soil Health and Tree Productivity
Alexia Cooper, University of California Merced
Impact of Soil Amended with Compost on Orchard Nutritional Dynamics and Horticultural Performance.
Ayodeji Idowu, Clemson University
Investigating Soil Organic Matter Composition in Response to Various Compost Types in a Dryland Winter Wheat Agroecosystem
Idowu Atoloye, Utah State University

Concurrent Session 1D Marketing and Use Track
Compost Marketing

Moderator: Gary Gittere, McGill Compost

8:15 - 9:45 AM203 A/B/C
Building the Value of Compost Through Branding, Education, and Sustainable Packaging in Buffalo, NY
Bobbie Armstrong, NOCO Energy
Key to Selling More Compost Than You Can Possibly Make
Kathy Kellogg Johnson, Kellogg Garden Organics, Carson, CA
Non-Compost Competing Products, and How to Sell Against Them
Ron Alexander, R. Alexander Associates, Inc., Apex, NC

Concurrent Session 1E Advocacy/Policy Track
Permitting-Experiences Around the States

Moderator: Kristie Blumer, Compost Crew

8:15 - 9:45 AM201 A/B
Pennsylvania's New Urban Composting Permit
Jennifer Mastalerz, Bennett Compost
Lamoille Soil: The Perfect Trifecta of Regulation, Infrastructure, and Money
Susan Alexander, Lamoille Regional Solid Waste Management District (LRSWMD)
Compost Facility Air Permiting
Tim O'Neill, Engineered Compost Systems, Seattle, WA

Welcome & Opening Keynote

Sponsored by
How the Structural and Functional Integrity of Healthy Soil Can Aid in Climate Resiliency
Didi Pershouse, Land and Leadership Initiative
10:00 AM - 11:30 PMBALLROOM ABC
Lunch Sponsored by Exhibitors11:30 AM - 1:45 PMExhibit Hall
Book Signing: The Composting Handbook, Dr. Robert Rynk; Compost Utilization in Production of Horticultural Crops, Monica Ozores-Hampton, Ph.D11:45 AM - 1:00 PMEntrance to the Exhibit Hall


1:45 - 3:15 PM

Concurrent Session 2A Operations Track
Fire Safety

Moderator: Matt Cotton, Integrated Waste Management Consulting, LLC

1:45 - 3:15 PM102 A/B
Preventing Fires Before They Start
Kurt Schoppe, Viably
Fire Prevention at Compost & Mulch Facilities
Chris Margraves, Garden-Ville
How to Deal with a Fire Once It’s Started: Lessons Learned from Multiple Facility Fires over Eight Years
Andrew Voodre, Dirt Hugger LLC

Concurrent Session 2B Business Track
Business of Operations

Moderator: Brody King, ERTH Products

1:45 - 3:15 PM103 B/C
If You Want To Attract Top Talent You Have To Stand For Something
Corey Hayes, Get Back Here Dog and John Morgan, Viably
How to Make Sound Decisions on Fuel Purchasing for Your Equipment
Dave Gavlick, St. Louis Composting
How to Select Insurance for Your Composting Facility
Patrick Geraty, St. Louis Composting, Valley Park, MO

Concurrent Session 2C CREF Research Track
Update on microplastic degradation, remote sensing of compostable packaging, and PFAS

Moderator: Elly Ventura, World Centric

1:45 - 3:15 PM202 A/B/C
Research results of compostable packaging piles using remote monitoring devices and digital data
David Velez, TAWA Compost and Sashti Balasundaram, WeRadiate
Characterizing PFAS in Commercially Available Compost, Biosolids Fertilizers and Paper Food Packaging
Maryam Saffari Aman, SUNY-ESF
Optimizing Compost Process Conditions to Accelerate Bioplastic Degradation
Tim O'Neill, Engineered Compost Systems, Seattle, WA

Concurrent Session 2D Marketing and Use Track
Compost Use

Moderator: Bob Engel, Engel and Gray

1:45 - 3:15 PM203 A/B/C
Shifts in Compost Use over the Decades
Ron Alexander, R. Alexander Associates, Inc., Apex, NC
STA: The Brand – The Future’s So Bright, You Better Bring Shades!
Allison Forstmann, ReCultivateNY, Inc. and Suzanne Longacre, Laurel Valley Soils
Selling STA Compost by Industry
Dave Harding , Agresource, Inc

Concurrent Session 2E Advocacy/Policy Track
EPR, SB54 and other infrastructure strategies

Moderator: Linda Norris-Waldt, US Composting Council

1:45 - 3:15 PM201 A/B
Compostable Packaging & Infrastructure Challenges: Where California labeling requirements and EPR policies meet
Neil Edgar, California Compost Coalition
Colorado EPR Leads the Way for Composting Funding
Clinton Sander, A1 Organics
How to Scale Composting Infrastructure and Access: Opportunities in Investment and Policy
Caroline Barry, Closed Loop Partners
Networking Break

Sponsored by
3:15 - 415 PMExhibit Hall


4:15 - 5:45 PM

Concurrent Session 3A Operations Track
Municipal Composting

Moderator: Lindsey Walker, Emmett County, MI

4:15 - 5:45 PM102 A/B
Overcoming Challenges to Develop Compost Infrastructure
Chuck Magee, Kern County Public Works Department
Improving Process Efficiencies in Biosolids Composting
Elliot Schneider, City of St. Peters
An Evolving Organics Landscape for Maryland Counties
Regina Cagle Irr, P.E., EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC, Hunt Valley, MD

Concurrent Session 3B Business Track
Visions of Scale: A Panel Discussion of Three Compost Entrepreneurs

Moderator: Pierce Louis, Dirt Hugger

4:15 - 5:45 PM103 B/C
Visions of Scale: A Panel Discussion of Three Compost Entrepreneurs
Panelist Include:
Christi Turner, Scraps Ltd.
Justin Senkbeil, CompostNow
Michael Robinson, Rust Belt Riders+Tilth Soil, Cleveland, OH

Concurrent Session 3C CREF Research Track
Compost and Soil Health

Moderator: Ginny Black, Trustee, Compost Research & Education Foundation (CREF)

4:15 - 5:45 PM202 A/B/C
Composting for Soil Health – Principles and Practices
Jesse Wiser, Hiwassee Products
Compost Use in Stormwater Bioretention Systems
Andy Erickson, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Using DNA Sequencing to Improve Compost Products
Laura Kavanaugh, Genome Insights LLC, Hillsborough, NC

Concurrent Session 3D Marketing and Use Track
Compost and Climate Resilient Landscapes - A USCC Collaboration with the American Society of Landscape Architects

Moderator: Matt Ball, US Composting Council

4:15 - 5:45 PM203 A/B/C
American Society of Landcare Architects - Climate Action Plan
Emily O'Mahoney , 2GHO
Compost and Climate Resilience
Sally Brown, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Compost Standards and the Basics of Specification
Charles Duprey, Naturcycle, Plainville, NY

Concurrent Session 3E Advocacy/Policy Track
Compost and PFAS

Moderator: Andrew Carpenter, Northern Tilth

4:15 - 5:45 PM201 A/B
PFAS 101: Understanding PFAS in Compost and Biosolids
Shalene Thomas, Battelle, Forest Lake, MN
Protecting Compost Land Application Amid PFAS Concerns -- Current Regulatory and Legal Developments
James Slaughter, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Using Compost to Manage PFAS Contamination in Livestock on a Central Maine Farm
Mark King, Maine Department of Environmental Protection
Exhibit Hall Closes5:00 PM


Exhibit Hall Opens8:00 AM


8:30 - 10:00 AM

Concurrent Session 4A Operations Track

Moderator: Risa Weinberger, Risa Weinberger & Associates, Inc.

8:30 - 10:00 AM102 A/B
Top Safety Hazards in Composting and Mitigation Techniques
Alston Sandzen, Generate Upcycle
Tips to Tackle Safety at Composting Facilities
Erin Skelly, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Shakopee, MN
Safety is Not an Accident
Mike Houseman, Waste Connections

Concurrent Session 4B Business Track
Is Your Facility in Compliance - Multi Site Operator

Moderator: Sarah Bullock, St. Louis Compost

8:30 - 10:00 AM103 B/C
Compliance: A Necessary Feedstock for Your Compost Operation
Ame Lecocq, Recology
Creating Your Facility Operating Plan
Matt Cotton, Integrated Waste Management Consulting, LLC, Richmond, CA
Site Management and Optimization in a Multi-Facility Environment
Scott Gamble , Waste Management, Inc

Concurrent Session 4C CREF Research Track
Compost Additives and Their Effectiveness: Frass and Biochar

Moderator: Tim O'Neill, Engineered Compost Systems

8:30 - 10:00 AM202 A/B/C
Black Soldier Fly Larve (Hermetia illucens) Frass & Sheddings as a Compost Ingredient
Dhanush Kenchanna, Texas State University
Use of Biochar and Composted Yardwaste on Citrus and Tomatoes in Florida
Monica Hampton, Ph.D, TerraNutri, LLC,
Use of Microbial Inoculant, Compost & Biochar for Revegetation of Degraded Soils
Thomas Ducey, USDA-ARS

Concurrent Session 4D Florida Track
Shifting the Florida Landscape Paradigm

Moderator: Chris Snow, Veransa

8:30 - 10:00 AM203 A/B/C
Sustainable Landscaping Research
Brooke Moffis, UF/IFAS Extension
Compost - A Solution to Ever Increasing Water Restrictions in Masterplan Communities
Darren Midlane, Life Soils Florida
Florida Conventional Land Development
Pierce Jones, Phd., University of Florida
SunBridge Sustainable Landscapes
Richard Levey, Phd. AICP, Tavistock Development Company

Concurrent Session 4E Advocacy/Policy Track
Master Mind

8:30 - 10:00 AM204 A
Strategies For Championing Local Composting
Sophia Jones, Institute for Local Self Reliance, Washington, DC

Concurrent Session 4F State Chapter Track
Chapter Conversations: Legal

Moderator: Jennifer Trent, Iowa Waste Reduction Center, University of Northern Iowa

8:30 - 10:00 AM201 A/B/C
How to Stay Out of Hot Water: Best Practices of Chapter Legal Compliance
Nisha Thakker, Tennenbaum Law Group
Networking Break

Sponsored by
10:00 - 11:00 AMExhibit Hall


11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Concurrent Session 5A Operations Track
Circular Economy

Moderator: Jennifer Trent, Iowa Waste Reduction Center, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM102 A/B
Compost feedstock in the Circular Economy-Cotton, Food Scrap, Animal mortality
Jean Bonhotal, Cornell Waste Management Institute, Ithaca, NY
Upcycling Sugarcane By-products with Compost Production to Enhance Regenerative Agricultural Practices
Dr. Shiva Ahrens, Florida Crystals
Large Scale Composting and Vermicomposting of Dairy Manure
Tom Herlihy, Synagro, Geneseo, NY

Concurrent Session 5B DEIA Track
Making Strides Towards Equity & Diversity in the Composting Industry

Moderator: Samantha Winkle, Waste Connections

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM103 B/C
USCC leading the composting industry DEIA journey
Reneé V. Wallace, ReMark Composting Solutions
Remaining Profitable While Ensuring Equitable Composting Access to In-Need Communities
Lauren Click, Let's Go Compost!
DEIA Open Discussion and Brainstorming: Ways the Compost Industry Can Improve Diversity
Audience Participation

Concurrent Session 5C Future of Compostable Products Track
Can We Move The Needle on Compost Manufacturer Acceptance of Compostable Packaging? Field Testing Data and What's Next

Moderator: Nora Goldstein, BioCycle

Sponsored by
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM202 A/B/C
CMA’s Field Testing Data: Resetting Assumptions
Janet Thoman, Compost Manufacturing Alliance
Compostable Field Testing Program’s Open-Source Data Project: Results and Next Steps
Emily McGill, Compostable Field Testing Program / BSIbio
Evaluation of Disintegration and Composting Progress Inside Mesh-Bags and Outside
Rahul Shankar, Eastman Chemical Company
Breaking Down Compostable Packaging: what's working, what's not, where do we go from here?
Paula Luu, Closed Loop Partners

Concurrent Session 5D Florida Track
State of Composting in Florida

Moderator: Monica Hampton, TerraNutri, LLC

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM203 A/B/C
The Florida Focus: Investing & Operating in the Sunshine State
Jim Davis, Generate Upcycle, Spartanburg, SC
The State of Organics Recycling in Florida & the Florida Organics Recycling Center for Excellence (FORCE)
Lauren O' Connor, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and Randy Rudd, Kessler Consulting Inc / FDEP
Composting in Key West - A Successful Demonstration Program
Todd Williams, Jacobs Engineering, Sunset Beach, NC
“Won’t you be my neighbor?” One Company’s strategy to be part of the solution, bring the community along, and ensure the successful future of compost in Florida.
Heather Lane Neville, W.e. Are Planning and Zachary Villaverde, Indianhead Biomass LLC

Concurrent Session 5F State Chapter Track
Chapter Conversations: Awards/Policy

Moderators: Kate Sullivan, McGill Compost and Benjamin Krumstok, Composting Partners

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM201 A/B/C
Making Waves: Rookie Chapter of the Year Presentations and Voting
Chapter Advisory Committee
Influencing Your Regulators & Legislators: 3 Chapter Experiences (FLCC, NCCC, NJCC)
Lunch Available for Purchase12:30 - 2:00 PMExhibit Hall
Networking with Vendors12:30 - 2:00 PMExhibit Hall
Book Signing: The Composting Handbook, Dr. Robert Rynk; Compost Utilization in Production of Horticultural Crops, Monica Ozores-Hampton, Ph.D12:30 - 1:30 PMCREF Booth #818
Chapter Networking Soiree - open to all

Sponsored by
1:00 - 2:00 PMDiving Board Foyer Outside ROOM 201 A/B/C


2:00 - 3:30 PM

Concurrent Session 6A Operations Track
Institutional Composting

Moderator: David Vandeventer, Clemson University

2:00 - 3:30 PM102 A/B
A Zero Waste University: Implementing a Compost Expansion Program at a Large University
Dominique Hadad, Green Scope Consulting
Organics Collection Takes Off- Designing and Implementing Organics Collection at Airports
Melissa Filiaggi​, Maryland Environmental Service
Composting at Northeastern University: A Case Study of Successful Campus Composting through Collaboration
Susan Higgins, Northeastern University

Concurrent Session 6B Circular Economy Track
Difficult and Unusual Feedstocks

Moderator: Nicole Chardoul, RRS

2:00 - 3:30 PM103 B/C
National Organic Program Changes: Composter Opportunity in Organic Agriculture
Clifton Passow, Biodegradable Products Institute
Shelf to Soil: Compost Solutions & Innovations for Grocery Stores
Ryan Cooper, Rubicon
Composting Textiles and Waste from Textile Based Products
Steve Richardson, Unless Collective

Concurrent Session 6C Compostable Products Track
Can We Move The Needle on Compost Manufacturer Acceptance of Compostable Packaging? Field Testing Data and What's Next

Moderator: Nora Goldstein, BioCycle

Sponsored by
2:00 - 3:30 PM202 A/B/C
The Missing Link Between Data and The Consumer
Alex Truelove, Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI)
Round Table Discussion
Stakeholders breakout into work groups

Concurrent Session 6D STA Track
STA Program Updates & Benefits

Moderator: Lorrie Rossiter, ERTH Products LLC

2:00 - 3:30 PM203 A/B/C
Seal of Testing Assurance Program Updates
USCC Staff
Update on the ‘Test Method for the Examination of Composting and Compost’
Tera Lewandowski, Scotts Miracle Gro
Assessment of Transport Coolers for Shipping Compost for Laboratory Analysis
Robert Miller, Colorado State University

Concurrent Session 6F State Chapter Track
Compost Foundation and Chapters, Dialogue and Ideas

Moderator: Jennifer Trent, Iowa Waste Reduction Center, University of Northern Iowa

2:00 - 3:30 PM201 A/B/C
Compost Foundation and Chapters, Dialogue and Ideas
Diane Hazard, Compost Research and Education Foundation
Closing Keynote3:45 - 5:45 PMBallroom ABC
Closing Celebration!3:45 - 5:45 PMBallroom ABC
Annual Awards Ceremony3:45 - 5:45 PM
Vermeer Reception

Open to All - Coquina Ballroom at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort - NORTH TOWER 3rd FLOOR

6:00 - 9:00 PM
Young Professionals Reception

Sponsored by
7:00 - 10:00 PMMai Tai Bar



Demo Day at the Tomoka Landfill

Welcome and breakfast
Sponsored by
8:00 AM
Display equipment available to view and discuss with vendorsall day
Screeners9:00 - 10:15 AM
Grinders and Shredders10:15 - 11:25 AM
Windrow Turners
Mixing and Application equipment
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Sponsored by
12:30 - 2:00 PM
Vendors available to discuss equipment12:30 - 3:15 PM
Sponsor for all the support equipment
Demo Day Bus Schedule
6 buses arrive6:45 AM
4 buses depart7:15 AM
2 buses depart7:45 AM
4 buses depart8:30 AM
1 bus departs back to Ocean Center1:00 PM
2 buses depart back to Ocean Center
Return ASAP for final departure
1:45 PM
2 buses depart back to Ocean Center
*can return if needed
2:00 PM
2 buses depart back to Ocean Center2:45 PM
2 buses depart back to Ocean Center3:30 PM
Exhibit Hall Hours:

  • Tuesday, February 6, 2024 - 6:00 - 8:30 PM

  • Wednesday, February 7, 2024 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Thursday, February 8, 2024 - 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM


USCC Toolbox Talks Schedule 2024

Toolbox Talk I

Wednesday 8:15-9:45 AM
Revolutionizing Food Waste Recycling with Biodigeston for Sustainability and Profitability
Christy Hurlburt, Viably
Innovative Data Collection for Windrow Operations - Staying ahead of Regulation and Client Expectations
Emilio Cervantes, Reotemp
Best operating techniques for horizontal grinders
Derek Izworski, Astec

Lightning Round

Wednesday 1:00-1:45 PM
New technology from Astec
Michael Spreadbury, Astec
AEYD, a composters system
Taylor Warden, Proc9
Tiger Depack Technology Improvements
Corey Rossen, Ecoverse
New technology from ReoTemp
Nathan O'Connor, Reotemp
New technology from Vermeer
Jeff Bradley, Vermeer
New technology from Morbark
Jeanne Maddox, Morbark
New technology from Edge
Adrian Donnelly, EDGE Innovate
New technology from Compost Systems Austria
Aurel Lubke, Compost Systems Austria
New technology from Viably
Garrett Lapsys, Viably
New technology from Scott Equipment
Kevin Pedretti, Scott Equipment

Toolbox Talk II

Thursday 8:30-10:00 AM
Electric vs Diesel
Michael Bryan-Brown, Green Mountain Technologies
Maximizing Your Wood Grinding Efficiency
Phil Urban, Morbark
The integration of Biochar into Compost
Nick Vetsch, SCS Engineers

Toolbox Talk III

Thursday 11:00-12:30 PM
Elevating Efficiency with the Dual Temperature Sensor
Sashti Balasundaram, WeRadiate
The Final Mile
Ron Ciolfi, Finn Corp
Shredder vs. Grinder
Tim Martin, Eggersmann