• Funding Your Program

    The Institute for Local Self Reliance has gathered information on state surcharges that fund composting (and recycling) programs.

  • Compostable Products

    This is the time to determine if you can accept compostable products. Take these into account if you are collecting food scrap; and be sure you understand compostability and compostable labelling.  In order to learn more, read the USCC’s Compostable Products Decision Guide. Click here to read it!

  • Collection or Consolidation

    Collection alone, or consolidation of collection locations are another way of handling organics collection. These documents feature some element of this process. (This is not an endorsement of the RFPs listed, but serves as an example for drawing up your own procurement documents).

  • Public Private Partnerships

    Municipalities in the Target Organics survey have told us these arrangements-in which a municipality contracts some element of its program out to the private sector—are growing in priority and popularity. They can be win-wins for all partners when constructed well. Here are a few RFPs in this area. (This is…

  • Collection & Processing Combined

    If you’re a municipality who wants to contract with a company for hauling and collection as well as facility operation, these RFPs could be helpful to you. There are USCC members who can help with the entire process. (This is not an endorsement of the RFPs listed, but serves as…

  • Education and Outreach

    Having an expert to design your education program is a plus for municipalities without large public works staff teams. Several have issued bids looking for consultants to design these programs. Refer to these RFPs for ideas about these services. (This is not an endorsement of the RFPs listed, but serves…

  • Facility Design, Operation & Processing

    Most municipalities consult outside engineering firms to design their organics facilities. These businesses can be hired to look at systems, or can be hired to design a chosen system on a site you have already. They will look at your footprint, equipment needed and processing rates to produce end product…

  • Plans and Feasibility Studies

    Municipalities often hire engineering or other consultants to determine the market and need for compost and organics diversion programs. These studies help you to make decision about public vs. private, regional systems and other facets of planning for your program. Several past RFPs are here for your consideration. (This is…

  • School & College Procurement

    Many colleges and secondary school systems issue RFPS for composting and food waste diversion. Some are combined with trash collection, and others are separate. Find here examples for college and secondary education. (This is not an endorsement of the RFPs listed, but serves as an example for drawing up your…

  • Waste Audit/Composition Studies-Procurement

    There are a number of consulting firms (many of whom are USCC members) who perform waste audits and waste composition studies. These are very helpful in sizing your programs and making decisions about whether to handle materials in-house, what feedstocks you will be generating, and potential cost savings from composting,…

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