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Composting Grows With A Little Help From Our Friends

There is stellar work going on in non-profit organizations, municipalities and governments at all levels on all the tools YOU need to start, scale up or multiply compost facilities or programs in your community.


City of Minneapolis, MN

Town of Kingston, NY

City of Napa, CA

City of Fayetteville, AR


  • Posters: Compost Impacts More than You Think.
    Composting protects the soil and climate while creating jobs. Learn how in this series of posters, available in a variety of formats for easy sharing and distribution.
  • A Users Guide to Compost
    Compost is a natural amendment for your lawn or garden, and can be used regularly to enrich your soil. This guide is designed to help understand what compost is and ot get the most from the compost that you buy.
  • Community Toolkit
    Adding Food Waste to a Yard Trimmings Compost Facility This resource was developed to help municipal operators considering adding food waste to yard trimmings composting sites. This toolkit helps operators determine whether introducing food waste to their operation is a good fit. Topics covered include: why an operation may want … Read more
  • PreTreatment of Organic Materials for Composting
    Review the USCC’s equipment directory for the difference between pre-treatment options and in-vessel and outdoor compost equipment. Learn the difference between dehydration, curing and pretreatment. CalRecycle has an excellent resource: https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/organics/food/commercial/dehydrators The Composting Collaborative developed a grant-funded directory of companies providing pre-treatment (in many cases, prior to curing) compost equipment … Read more


  • Quantifying Existing Food Waste Infrastructure in the U.S., 2019
    A survey to quantify and analyze full-scale food waste composting infrastructure in the U.S
  • Program Implementation Case Studies
    The Natural Resources Defense Council has issued a number of case studies focused on cities who undertook various models of food waste reduction, rescue and composting.
  • BPI Labelling Guidelines
    This 2020 guide, the result of a lengthy stakeholder process, provides guidelines to compostable products manufacturers and resellers about best practices for labelling.
  • Growing Local Fertility: A Guide to Community Composting
     This guide aims to strengthen expansion of community scale composting by describing successful initiatives, their benefits, how these initiatives can be replicated, key start-up steps, and the need for private, public, and non-profit sector support. 
  • Mapping Urban Access to Composting Programs
    Interactive maps and charts of municipally-run and privately-run composting programs, available on Tableau Public. These visualizations seek to provide insight into which cities in the US have access to composting programs that accept food waste and/or compostable packaging.
  • State of Organics Recycling in the U.S.
    2017, data that states had compiled about organics recycling activities
  • A Guide to Conducting a Food Waste Assessment
    This guide explains how to conduct a food waste assessment. It lays out the steps to achieve a baseline measurement, and how you can use this measurement to set goals and track your organization’s progress towards reducing wasted food.
  • REFED: Roadmap to 2030
    A look at the food supply chain identifying seven key action areas where the food system should focus efforts in the next ten years, including a detailed financial analysis to help direct private, public and philanthropic capital investment to fund these efforts. Composting is in Insight #7.
  • IFSC Residential Compost Guide
    This guide contains answers to key questions about food scrap composting, descriptions of the types of residential composting programs in Illinois, resources: local, regional and national, and case studies from Illinois.
  • Excess Food Opportunities Map
    The Excess Food Opportunities Map supports nationwide diversion of excess food from landfills. The interactive map identifies and displays facility-specific information about potential generators and recipients of excess food in the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors and also provides estimates of excess food by generator type.



  • How2Compost
     Standardized on-package label that clearly communicates composting instructions
  • Curb to Compost Toolkit
    Find great tools to quickly educate the community if your city considers piloting a residential curbside food scrap collection program – community members should learn why they should take action to participate and what the benefits are of composting and compost.
  • Evaluation and Ongoing Education: International Compost Awareness Week
     Use the resources on this page to set up local proclamations, events and promotions around composting.



Please find here links to procurement documents involving everything from waste audits and studies, to program feasibility and design; collection program and hauling, facility design and operation; public private partnerships, school composting procurement and public-private (P3) partnerships.

These documents are not being endorsed in terms of quality, but are listed as resources for others who are writing bids for these services.


City of Shakopee

County of Sacramento

City of Los Banos

City of Palo Alto


City of Carlsbad

City of Kirkland


Town of Durham

City of Sacramento

Henderson County


District of Oak Bay

Ventura County

City of Boulder

Susitna Alaska


City of Ann Arbor

City of Contra Costa

Zero Waste Youth Education Program


City of Davis



City of Ann Arbor

City of Philadelphia


Chester County

Sonoma County

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