Cary Oshins

Cary Oshins

Cary Oshins

Speaker | US Composting Council

Troy, NY |

Cary Oshins is the Associate Director of the US Composting Council where his work focuses on member services, including the annual conference, developing the professional credential program, the forthcoming Compost U online learning center, and industry advocacy at the state and national levels. Cary also serves as the Education Director for the Composting Council Research & Education Foundation, where he runs the Composter Training Program, including the highly regarded Composting Operations Training Course. Prior to his current roles with USCC and CCREF he started the Stormwater Management Division of Gardenique Landscaping, Inc. in Orefield, PA, where he represented Filtrexx Erosion Control products. Cary has over 30 years of experience in composting education, research, utilization, and promotion, working for the Professional Recyclers of PA, Lehigh County PA Office of Solid Waste, the Rodale Institute, and Cornell University’s Waste Management Institute. Cary makes his home just outside Troy, NY, where he enjoys gardening, hiking, biking and summers on Lake George.

Session Code: 1C

Track: Compostable Products

Session Name: Accepting and Rejecting Guidance and Experience; The Road to Addressing Issues

Session Time: Tuesday, January 25, 8:15 AM to 9:45 AM

Presentation Title: The USCC Guide to Accepting or Rejecting Compostable Products

Presentation Description: Presentation will walk attendees through the USCC’s Compost Manufacturers’ Decision Making Guide to Accepting or Rejecting Compostable Products, released in September 2021 and written by BioCycle Associates. The Guide includes key observations regarding composting certified compostable products, a Decision Tree, and accompanying worksheets that cover composting site assessment, business implications, feedstock source control, composting equipment assessment, and compost manufacturing operations assessment. The final sections of the Guide include Interactive Worksheets to help determine if your facility is a candidate to accept and successfully compost compostable products, and a spreadsheet to assess the financial viability of of accepting food scraps with compostable products included.