The Foundation’s vision is to advance composting technologies, practices, and beneficial uses that support resource conservation and economic and environmental sustainability.

What We Do

  • Increase awareness and educate the public through supporting public outreach and targeted activities including updating and creating compost resources and publications as well as developing local and national campaigns to raise public knowledge of composting and its importance to long-term sustainability.
  • Foster scientific research opportunities. The Foundation’s reputation for credibility and scientific rigor has led to the development of sound composting principles, processes, product end uses and analytical standards.
  • Advance the stature and practice of the composting industry by offering professional development opportunities and disseminating best practices throughout the industry.


CCREF and USCC Work Together on Campaign to Keep Organics Out of Landfills

April 2019

In an eye-catching ad campaign, the two organizations are working together to build awareness of the importance of keeping organics out of landfills to build healthier soils. Using images showing different food being reborn, an apple becoming a tomato or a fish becoming a lemon, the goal is to grab people’s attention and then bring them to both organizations’ websites, so they can learn more about what each does and also about composting and how they can get involved. Each ad uses cleaver headings such as "An Apple A Day Is A Tomato Tomorrow", and then shares the message "Let's keep organics out of landfills. Join the movement to build healthy soil for a better tomorrow.Start composting today." Thank you to the ad agency GSW for creating such visually interesting images that both organizations can use to help get this important message out. Read more...

Sampling Video and Reference Guide Project is Almost Complete

October 2018

Last month, the CCREF was on location at the Prince George County Organics Compost Facility in Maryland filming for the upcoming Compost Sampling Video Production Project. The aim of the Compost Sampling Video Production Project is to address the need for proper training in the taking and preparation of compost samples for laboratory analysis. The CCREF contracted with Northern Tilth to develop a script based on the Test Methods for the Examination of Composting and Compost. 02.01 Field Sampling of Compost Materials. In addition to the sampling videos, a reference guide is being created as an additional educational tool. Read more...

CCREF Will Welcome New Trustee to its Board of Trustees

December 2018

The Board of Trustees for the Composting Council Research & Education Foundation (CCREF) will welcome new Trustee Dr. David Weindorf starting in January 2019. Dr. Weindorf's application was chosen from a number of highly qualified candidates interested in joining the Foundation Board. Read more...

CCREF Announces the Winner of Its Annual ICAW Poster Contest

December 2018

Chosen from hundreds of entries sent in from throughout the world, formerly from Michigan and now an LA-based illustrator and designer, Evan Clark is this year’s International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) 2019 Poster Contest winner. Using his artistic talents, Evan cleverly used a series of illustrations to highlight the many benefits of compost. Read more...


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