Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Exhibit Hall Hours

All events take place at Daytona Beach Convention Center, except Tuesday Feb 6 Preconference Tour and Friday Feb 9 Equipment Show at Volusia County Landfill
More details are added regularly –  USCC reserves the right to make changes up to the day of the show.

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
Annual Membership Meeting of USCC and CREF Annual Meeting - open to all5:00 - 6:00 PMExhibit Hall
Welcome Reception6:00 - 8:30 PMBallroom ABC

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, Jake Saavedra and Aurel Lubke 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM102 C
Compost Use in Crops and LandscapeMonica Hampton8:30 AM - 12:00 PM103 A
How To Test Your Composts for Persistent Herbicides Dr. Fred Michel8:30 AM - 12:00 PM103 B
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 and Linda Bilsens Brolis1:00 - 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

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

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
Richard Langendoen, Green Mountain Technologies Inc.

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

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

8:15 - 9:45 AM203 A/B/C
Building the Value of Compost Through Branding, Education, and Sustainable Packaging in Buffalo, NY
Bobbie Thoman, NOCO Energy
Key to Selling More Compost Than You Can Possibly Make
Kathy Kellogg, 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

8:15 - 9:45 AM201 A/B
Pennsylvania's New Urban Composting Permit
Jen 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

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

1:45 - 3:15 PM102 A/B
How to deal with a fire once it’s Started: Lessons Learned from Multiple Facility Fires over Eight Years
Andrew Voodre, Dirt Hugger LLC
Fire Prevention at Compost & Mulch Facilities
Don Dugger
Preventing Fires Before They Start
Kurt Schoppe, SA Organics Recycling

Concurrent Session 2B Business Track
Business of Operations

1:45 - 3:15 PM103 B/C
If You Want To Attract Top Talent You Have To Stand For Something
Cory Hayes, Get Back Here Dog
How to Make Sound Decisions on Fuel Purchasing for Your Equipment
Dave Gavlik, 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

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
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

1:45 - 3:15 PM203 A/B/C
Shifts in Compost Use over the Decades
Ron Alexander, R. Alexander Associates, Inc., Apex, NC
STA Certified™ Compost 2.0! Check out the new look of the Seal of Testing Assurance Program!
Allison Forstmann, ReCultivateNY, Inc. and Richard Blosser, St. Louis Composting Inc
Selling STA Certified Compost
Dave Harding , Agresource, Inc

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

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 Break3:15 - 415 PMExhibit Hall


4:15 - 5:45 PM

Concurrent Session 3A Operations Track
Municipal Composting

4:15 - 5:45 PM102 A/B
Improving Process Efficiencies in Biosolids Composting
Elliot Schneider, City of St. Peters
An Evolving Organics Landscape for Maryland Counties
Regina Cagle Irr, 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

4:15 - 5:45 PM103 B/C
Coming Soon!
Christi Turner, Scraps Ltd.
Coming Soon!
Justin Senkbeil, CompostNow
Coming Soon!
Michael Robinson, Rust Belt Riders+Tilth Soil, Cleveland, OH

Concurrent Session 3C CREF Research Track
Compost and Soil Health

4:15 - 5:45 PM202 A/B/C
Compost Use in Stormwater Bioretention Systems
Andy Erickson, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Composting for Soil Health – Principles and Practices
Jesse Wiser, Hiwassee Products
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

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

Concurrent Session 3E Advocacy/Policy Track
Compost and PFAS

4:15 - 5:45 PM201 A/B
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
PFAS 101: Understanding PFAS in Compost and Biosolids
Shalene Thomas, Battelle, Forest Lake, MN
Exhibit Hall Closes5:00 PM


Exhibit Hall Opens8:00 AM


8:30 - 10:00 AM

Concurrent Session 4A Operations Track

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
Coming Soon!
Mike Houseman, Waste Connections

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

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
Coming Soon!
Scott Gamble , Waste Management, Inc

Concurrent Session 4C CREF Research Track
Biochar & Compost Use

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 Biochar and Composted Yard/waste Biochar 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

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 AM201 A/B/C
Where Composting and Healthy Soils Policies Meet and Opportunities for Advancement
Sophia Jones, Institute for Local Self Reliance, Washington, DC
Networking Break10:00 AM - 11:00 PMExhibit Hall


11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Concurrent Session 5A Operations Track
Circular Economy

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
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

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM103 B/C
USCC leading the composting industry DEIA journey
Samantha Winkle, Waste Connections, Puyallup, WA
Dirty Girls: The Past, Present and Future of Women and Compost
Heather Lane Neville, W.e. Are Planning
Remaining Profitable While Ensuring Equitable Composting Access to In-Need Communities
Lauren Click, Let's Go Compost!

Concurrent Session 5C Compostable Products Track
How Can Composters Overcome Obstacles to Accepting Compostable Products

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM202 A/B/C
Coming Soon!
Emily McGill, BSI Biodegradable Solutions
Compostable Product Performance Across Common Technologies
Janet Thoman, Compost Manufacturing Alliance
Breaking Down Compostable Packaging: What’s working, what’s not, and where do we go from here?
Paula Luu, Closed Loop Partners
Disintegration and Composting Both Inside Mesh Bags and Outside
Rahul Shankar, Eastman Chemical Company

Concurrent Session 5D Florida Track

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM203 A/B/C
The Florida Focus: Investing & Operating in the Sunshine State
Jim Davis, Atlas Organics, Spartanburg, SC
The State of Organics Recycling in Florida & the Florida Organics Recycling Center for Excellence (FORCE)
Miriam Zimms, Kessler Consulting / Lauren O' Connor, 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.
Zachary Villaverde, Indianhead Biomass LLC

Concurrent Session 5E State Chapter Track
State Chapter

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM201 A/B/C
Making Waves: Rookie Chapter of the Year Presentations and Voting
Chapter Advisory Committee
Compost Operations Training Course: Dialogue and Ideas
Diane Hazard, Compost Research and Education Foundation
How to Stay Out of Hot Water: Best Practices of Chapter Legal Compliance
Nisha Thakker, Tennenbaum Law Group
Lunch Avilable 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 all1:00 - 2:00 PMDiving Board Foyer Outside ROOM 201 A/B/C


2:00 - 3:30 PM

Concurrent Session 6A Operations Track
Institutional Composting

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 Filaggi, 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
Circular Economy

2:00 - 3:30 PM103 B/C
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
“How Can Composter’s Overcome Obstacles to Accepting Compostable Products” - Round Table Discussion

2:00 - 3:30 PM202 A/B/C
Stakeholders breakout into work groups
Round Table Discussion
Compostable Labeling Principles
Rhodes Yepsen, Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI)

Concurrent Session 6D STA Track
STA Program Updates & Benefits

2:00 - 3:30 PM203 A/B/C
Compost Certification Program Comparsion
Charles Duprey, Naturcycle LLC
Seal of Testing Assurance Program Updates
Lorrie Loder, Bioenergy Devco
Compost Sample Temp Study & CAP Update
Robert Miller, Colorado State University
Update on the ‘Test Method for the Examination of Composting and Compost’
Tera Lewandowski, Scotts Miracle Gro
Closing Keynote3:45 - 5:45 PMBallroom ABC
Closing Celebration!3:45 - 5:45 PMBallroom ABC
Annual Awards Ceremony3:45 - 5:45 PM
Vermeer Reception6:00 - 9:00 PM
Young Professionals Reception7:00 - 10:00 PMMai Tai



Equipment Show and Demonstrations at Volusia County Landfill

Shuttle bus schedule TBATBA
Welcome and breakfast8:00 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
Lunch12:30 - 2:00 PM
Vendors available to discuss equipment2:50 - 3:15 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