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Composting Council Asks for ISOSWO Input by Nov. 11

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Due to our membership's influence over municipal organics collection and composting programs, the U.S. Composting Council’s Target Organics Committee (TOC) has asked for our member's input on how it can accomplish organics diversion goals. 

The mission of the TOC is to support municipalities in developing, executing, and growing programs to collect and process food scraps and other organics. They have developed a survey to seek input on this topic.

Background: Last fall, the TOC sent out a survey asking municipalities how the committee could help them accomplish their organics diversion goals. Some of the key takeaways coming out of the responses to the first survey are:

  • 92% of respondents are looking to USCC for more help with program success and development, and 85% want USCC support to grow infrastructure
  • 79% of respondents are not subject to a municipal landfill organics ban, and 56% are not subject to a state landfill organics ban
  • 70% of respondents want to increase composting capacity
  • 45% say they are currently limited in their capacity to compost
  • 68% say some private funding is necessary to increase capacity, and 57% of respondents say funding is a challenge
  • 67% of respondents have high interest in having composting programs
  • 49% have community support for maintaining composting options

Based on the feedback received from the first survey, the TOC wants to gain a deeper level of insight on this issue of how to efficiently increase organics diversion. Evidence from the first survey supports the need for the USCC to take on a more comprehensive role in expanding resources, connections, potential funding mechanisms and putting together a resource center outlining how best to utilize resources created with partners.

Their Ask: For our members to complete this follow-up survey to hone in on exactly what resources from the TOC would be most beneficial.


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