The Emerging Composter Competition is an annual business pitch/poster competition, open to young professionals looking to showcase their businesses and research within the composting, compostable products, and organics recycling space.

COMPOST2023 Attendees can view the posters in person and cast their votes through the COMPOST2023 Mobile App. Check the conference program to learn where to find the posters and when to attend our Q&A sessions.

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Thank you to our 2023 sponsors for your generous contributions.

1st Place


2nd Place


3rd Place




1. Crystal Coast Compost

Justin Brann

2. Decantra

Marc Aoun

3. EcoComp, Inc.

LaNeisha Hodo

4. Filthy Organics

Dustin DuBois

5. Green Scope Consulting

Dominique Hadad

6. Humic Compost Combination

Ryan Zimmer

7. In-Situ Biomethanation of AD Biogas to Produce Pipeline-Quality Biogas

Froi Aquino

8. NGO Forum for Public Health

Md Toriqol Islam

9. Over the Rainbow Bridge

Greg Mankowski

Last Year’s Winners

1st Place

Dylan Lew of Ecotone Renewables Digester

2nd Place

David Velez of TAWA

3rd Place

Jamie Blanchard-Poling of Compost Queen PBC (Curbside Micro Site Composting)

Contest Details

The Emerging Composter Competition looks for research projects and new businesses that span the entire organic food waste recycling industry:

  • Technology innovations (apps, equipment, software)
  • Composting systems and technologies
  • Innovations for producing compost
  • Businesses that focus on contamination aversion
  • Public education focused businesses
  • Collection service models, especially in underserved areas
  • Businesses focused on compost use

Applicants can be for-profit or not-for-profit business owners who have been in existence 3 years or less; and have an annual sales revenue of $100,000 or less. Applicants should be looking for ways to gain feedback and momentum in pursuing their project, program, or business concept.

The Emerging Composter Competition Application Form is currently closed for the 2023 Cycle. Winners will be announced on Thursday, January 25, 2023 at the COMPOST2023 Closing Celebrations and Annual Awards. Review the 2023 Terms & Conditions HERE.

Interested in participating in the Emerging Composter Competition at COMPOST2024? Come back to this webpage next winter!

For any questions related to the competition please reach out to the USCC Young Professionals Group.