External Resources -Compost and Organics
Curb to Compost
This toolkit developed by the Composting Council Research & Education Foundation provides an overview of organics recovery, with basic data and examples of outreach materials to aid in the development of a residential food scrap col let ion program. Resources include source separating food scraps, collection bins, where to find compostable bags, examples of signage, questions to ask your local composting facility manager, educational flyers, brochures and instructional videos.
Highfields Center for Composting
HCC researches, educates, and provides technical services for composting and comprehensive food waste recycling programs. HCC is a resource for residents interested in home composting, businesses and haulers that manage compost and food scraps, and businesses that want to divert their food residuals and scraps for composting. HCC is non-profit organization based out of Hardwick, Vermont.
Composting Association of Vermont
CAV promotes composting by promoting education, supporting Vermont-made compost, assessing feedstock availability, advancing new standards and legislation, and increasing generator and hauler participation. CAV is a member-led non-profit organization based out of Troy, Vermont.
Northeast Recycling Council
NERC has many compost resources including case studies, such as the Always Something Farm Case Study, and Resources for Marking Compost.
Biodegradable Products Institute - Certified Products Catalog
BPI is a professional association of individuals and groups from government, industry and academia, which promotes the use, and recycling of biodegradable polymeric materials (via composting). The BPI is open to any materials and products that demonstrate (via scientifically proven techniques) that their products are completely biodegradable in approved composting facilities. The Certified Products Catalog lists all the products certified by BPI as biodegradable.
Many compost facilities do not accept biodegradable polymeric materials, so be sure to consult with your compost facility about what materials they accept. The accepted materials and the BPI catalog can be used in conjunction to inform purchasing decisions.
Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund - Food Systems Atlas, Farm to Plate Network and Strategic Plan
The Atlas features food system resource and is the communications and coordination platform for the Farm to Plate Network. The Farm to Plate Strategic Plan provides statistics and detailed analyses of Vermont's food system; it contains 25 goals and many strategies that will lead to job creation, greater economic output, and increased access for Vermont and regional consumers to healthy, fresh food over the next 10 years. VSJF was created by the Vermont Legislature in 1995 to accelerate the development of Vermont's green economy. VSJF is based out of Montpelier, Vermont.
US Composting Council
The USCC is involved in research, training, public education, composting and compost standards, expansion of compost markets and the enlistment of public support. The USCC provides resources, educational materials, training, networking, and career advancement opportunities for professionals and all those affiliated with the composting and organics recycling industry.
BioCycle is the official magazine of the USCC.
Pay Dirt: Composting in Maryland to Reduce Waste, Create Jobs, & Protect the Bay
2013 Maryland study done by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Key finding was that for every 10,000 tons of material processed per year, four jobs are created/sustained in organics management versus one job for the same tonnage of trash disposed. (View Full Report)