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.
- 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 CompostCompost 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 ToolkitAdding 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…
- PreTreatment of Organic Materials for CompostingReview 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…
- Program Implementation Case StudiesThe 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 GuidelinesThis 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 CompostingThis 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 ProgramsInteractive 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
- Quantifying Existing Food Waste Infrastructure in the U.S., 2019A survey to quantify and analyze full-scale food waste composting infrastructure in the U.S
- A Guide to Conducting a Food Waste AssessmentThis 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 2030A 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 GuideThis 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 MapThe 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.
- Odor Control 101 – Practical Guide to Managing OdorThis webinar reviews the prevention of compost odors, the conditions that underlie odor problems and the issues they can cause.
- Water Quality Protection at Compost Sites
- Compost Operator GuidebookThis document, prepared by the Michigan Recycling Coalition, RRS and Michigan EGLE, presents a series of Best Management Practices for Composting which provide technical information and assistance on the operation and management of compost sites, especially those that process yard trimmings and “diminimus” (5% or less) amounts of other organic…
- In the Public Interest GuideA guide put out by In the Public Interest on the structuring of public-private partnerships.
- The Value of Compostable PackagingThis report Report explores how compostable packaging may enable increased food scrap diversion, building feedstock for compost manufacturers.
- Compost Equipment FactsheetAn overview of feedstock and site considerations when selecting equipment for your operation
- How2CompostStandardized on-package label that clearly communicates composting instructions
- Curb to Compost ToolkitFind 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 WeekUse the resources on this page to set up local proclamations, events and promotions around composting.
- Various Compost Use ApplicationsView a series of videos on various compost use applications to understand better the many options for compost markets.
- Case Studies for Department of Transportation Use of Finished CompostThis study was developed to assist those individuals and organizations involved in the maintenance and management of roadsides and highways.
- USCC STA Certified Compost Participants MapLearn who is carrying tested compost and where they are located.
- Analysis of the Barriers and Opportunities for the Use of Compost in Agriculture, 2018A look at strategies that are employed to address nutrient loss reduction, water quality, and soil health, in addition to examining the viability of the use of compost on mid and large-scale farms and any related challenges,
- Model Procurement PolicyThe Natural Resources Defense Council and Environmental Law Institute have produced a model policy for municipalities wishing to improve compost use by establishing policies for using compost within municipal landscaping and land projects.
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.