Our vision is to advance composting technologies, practices, and beneficial uses that support resource conservation and economic and environmental sustainability.


The Composting Council Research and Education Foundation supports initiatives that enhance the stature and practices of the composting industry by supporting scientific research, increasing awareness, and educating practitioners and the public to advance environmentally and economically sustainable organics recycling.


CCREF was incorporated on June 9, 1992 in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a nonprofit 501 (c)(3). CCREF is affiliated with the United States Composting Council (USCC) but is its own entity and financials and funding are separate.

Some of the programs the Foundation has developed over the years include the Test Methods for Evaluating Compost and Composting to accurately test the compost produced to assure that high quality compost is being produced and sold and the Foundation also developed the first comprehensive Operator training manual that is the basis for the current training program. Other publications produced focus on field guides for the use of compost, brochures on the benefits of using compost and a manual on composting in the backyard.

“The Foundation’s mission of scientific research and public education about composting issues are key ingredients to raising the profile of composting as a long-term sustainable solution to soil degradation and resource management.” - Ginny Black, Chair, CCREF Trustees

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.

Current projects and programs CCREF is involved with in 2016:

  • Offering the Compost Operations Training Course, for those interested in learning how to run a successful composting facility.
  • Managing the Compostable Plastics Toolkit and the Curb 2 Compost Toolkit on the CCREF website.
  • Finishing the development of the first Professional Composter Certification program.
  • Holding the International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), a fun and educational way to promote composting. This year’s dates are May 1 – 7.
  • Giving scholarships to college and high school students to encourage more academic research and students pursing work in this field.
  • Gathering academic and real-world resources to help scholars, professionals and backyard composters to remain up-to-date and well informed on the latest.
  • Managing the Test Methods for Evaluation of Compost and Composting (TMECC) to assure that the test methods meet the most current standards and that the certified laboratories accurately follow the methods.

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Composting Council Research and Education Foundation (CCREF)
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