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