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At the USCC Conference: Who are The Movers and Shakers of Composting?

Before heading out to any networking event, it’s important to know your goal–and one goal is to ensure that you’re meeting the right people so your attendance has good Return on Investment!

Here’s a first look at our attendee list, growing to our expectation of 1,000, at the upcoming Oakland CA Conference on Jan. 26-29, 2014 (just 3 weeks away! New York City just passed its food waste diversion ordinance; new facilities are coming online everyday; and equipment technology changes as we speak! If you’re coming, use the list below to plan your meetings; and if you’re not, be sure you are there to interface with the movers and shakers below!

Attendees of 2014 Natures Way to Grow USCC Conference, by Company
Registered as of Jan 3, 2014
A&L Great Lakes Laboratories, Inc.
A&L Western Agricultural Laboratories, Modesto California
A1 Organics
Addis Ababa University
Agrilab Technologies LLC
Aguinaga Green, Inc.
AIM Environmental Group
Airlift Separator
Allied Landscape Services
ALLU Group, Inc.
Amadas Industries
American Recycler
Apollo Equipment
Aquadyene Associates
Association of Compost Producers
Athens Services
Austin Resource Recovery
BacTee Systems, Inc.
Bandit Industries, Inc.
Barr-Tech LLC
BASF Corporation
BDP Industries
Be Green Packaging LLC
Bejac Corporation
Bio Bag USA
BioCycle Magazine
BIOFerm Energy Systems
Biorem Technologies
Biossolo – Agricultura & Ambiente Ltda.
BioTuf by Heritage Bag Company
Bison Compost, LLP
Blue Bag Organics
Brent Grizzle
Brodie Ag & Industrial, Inc.
Brown Bear Corp.
Bulk Handling Systems (BHS)
Cal Poly, SLO
Calhoun Super Structure
Californians Against Waste
CalRecovery, Inc.
Carver County Public Health & Environment
Cascadia Consulting
Casella Organics
Castro Valley Sanitary District
Cedar Grove Composting
Christiaens Group
Christiansen Farms
City and County of Denver
City and County of San Francisco
City of Austin Water Utility
City of Austin, Texas
City of Chula Vista
City of Dublin, CA
City of Eugene
City of Oakland
City of Palo Alto
City Of San Diego
City of Santa Monica
City of Santa Rosa
City of Tacoma Solid Waste Management
City of Union City, CA
ClearSpan Fabric Structure’s
Climate Action Reserve
Comgro Soil Amendments, Inc.
Company Wrench Ltd.
Company Wrench Ltd.
CompoKeeper LLC
Cornell University – ILR
Cornell Waste Management Institute
Cornerstone Environmental Group
County of Sacramento
County of Santa Clara
County of Santa Cruz
County of Sonoma Environmental Health
Daily Acts
Dakahlia Group
Deep Roots Design & Landscape Company
Department of Transportation-Caltrans
Diamond Tree Experts, Inc
Diamond Z
Dirt Hugger
Doppstadt US
Duff Brush, LLC
Earth & Turf Products, LLC
Earth Farms
Earthsaver Equipment, Inc.
East Bay Municipal Utility District
East Side Compost Pedallers
EcoNomics, Inc.
EcoSafe Zero Waste
El-En Packaging Company Limited
Emerald Equipment Systems Inc.
Environmental Credit Corp.
Environmental Science Associates
Environmental Waste Services – City Of Garland
EP Minerals
EPA Region 9, Waste Division
ERTH Products, LLC
Filtrexx International
Foodservice Packaging Institute
Foothill College
For Sustainability Too
Gaia Strategies
Gainesville Compost
Georgia-Pacific Corp.
GOC Technologies
GORE Cover System
Gore Cover Systems North America
Grant County Mulch
Green Army
Green Mountain Compost / Chittenden Solid Waste District
Green Mountain Technologies, Inc.
GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition
GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition
GreenDrop Recycling
GrinderCrusherScreen Inc.
Guam Environmental Protection Agency
H.U.E. Biomass Haulers/Composters
Hallco Industries, Inc.
Harvest Power
HAVI Global Solutions
Hilex Poly
HotRot Organic Solutions – N. America
Hoyt and Associates
Huhtamaki, Inc
Impact Bioenergy
Inland Empire Regional Compost Authority
Inland Empire Utilities Agency
Innovia Films Inc
Inst. for Local Self-Reliance
Integrated Waste Management Consulting, LLC
International Paper
Interval Equipment Solutions, Inc.
Island Waste Management Corporation
John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies  California State Polytechnic University Pomona
JPL Environmental Engineering
Kellogg Garden Products
Kittitas County Solid Waste
Kochergen Farms Composting
Komptech USA
Kuhn North America, Inc.
Laurel Valley Soils
Layne/Entec Biogas USA
Lenz Enterprises Inc
Living Earth
Malibu Compost
Managed Organics Recycling, Inc.
Marin Carbon Project
Marin Sanitary Service
Marks Lumber
McCloskey International
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Midwest Bio Systems
Midwest Laboratories
Mills College
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Mojave Desert and Mountain Recycling Authority
Montezuma County Landfill
Morbark, Inc.
Mountain Road Construction
MSW Magazine
MSW Management
my own thing
N40 Compost
Napa Recycling & Waste Services
Nashville Metro Public Works
National Checking Company
National Restaurant Association
Nature Path
NatureWorks LLC
NCDENR Division of Waste Management
NCM Odor and Dust Control
Net Zero Waste Inc
Neuenhauser North America
No Love Lost Compost
Nortech Waste
Northern California Recycling Assoc
Northern Tilth
Novamont North America
Novozymes North America, Inc.
NSF International
Nuwave Container
O2 Compost
Odotech Inc.
Olympic Organics LLC
OMI Industries
OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute)
ORBIS Corporation
Organic Recycling Solutions, LLC
Organic Waste Systems, Inc.
Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre
Pacific Region Compost
Peterson Pacific Corp
Plant’s Choice, Inc.
Portland Trail Blazers
Powerscreen of California and Hawaii
PrimeLink Solution, LLC
Procter & Gamble
Procter & Gamble
PSSI/Stanford Recycling
Public Works Department / City of Rock Hill
R. Alexander Associates, Inc.
Recycling Product News
REOTEMP Instruments
Republic Services
Resource Recovery Systems International – KW
Resource Recycling Magazine
Resource Recycling Systems
Responsible Purchasing Network
Rexius Forest By Products
Ritchie Bros Auctioneers
Rodale Institute
Rotochopper, Inc.
Roux Associates Inc.
Rubbermaid Commercial Products
S.C. Johnson
San Francisco Conservation Corps
San Luis Obispo County IWMA
San Pasqual Valley Soils
Santa Clara County
SC Johnson
SCARAB International, LLLP
SCARAB Manufacturing
Scotts Miracle Gro
Screen USA, Inc.
SCS Engineers
Seattle Public Utlities
SERA- Skumatz Economic Research Assoc
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co
Slade Farms, LLC
Smith Gardner, Inc.
SMSC Organics Recycling Facility
Soil & Mulch Producer News
Soiland Co Inc
Sonoma Compost Co.
Specialized Environmental Technologies
St. Louis Composting, Inc.
St. Louis Earth Day / Recycling On The Go
St. Petersburg State University of Engineering and Economics, Dept. of Municipal Economy and Mgmt.
Stone Barns Center
StraightAsh Environmental Solutions
SUNY Cobleskill
Sure-Close Inc.
Sustainable America
Sustainable Generation, LLC
Synagro Composting Co. of California, Inc.
Terra Select, Inc
Terre-Source LLC
Tetra Tech EBA
Texas Pure Products (City of Plano)
The Glad Products Company
The Presidio Trust
TLM dba Garden-Ville
Treadlight Companies
Two Partcular Acres
Uganda Community Based Health Care Association
Ultra Green Packaging
University of California, Riverside
University of Florida/SWFREC
University of Wisconsin-Extension
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
US EPA Region 9
Veteran Compost
Vision Recycling
Washington University
Washington, County OR – Solid Waste & Recycling
Waste Connections
Waste Handling Equipment News
Waste Management
WeCare Organics, LLC
Western Lake Superior Sanitary District
Westside Spreading LLC
WL Gore
World Centric
Yardworks Supply
Yardworks Supply
Zanker Road Resource Management
Z-Best Products
Zero Waste Energy Development Company
Zero Waste Energy, LLC
Zillges Materials

An Expert: Anyone Who Comes from Out of Town! Are your bosses or community decisionmakers looking for more than your recommendation to adapt to the latest initiative in composting? The USCC Conference can help you move forward what you know are good facility and programming decisions by using this  old adage to your advantage: “An expert is someone who comes from more than 50 miles away.” Over the years conference attendees have told us that the technology they test at the Equipment Demonstrations, the people they talk to in networking, lunches and on the Trade Show floor, and the sessions they attend provide them with the data, the background and the expertise to execute a program they couldn’t always close on, on their own. “We are new to composting,” said a sustainability coordinator for a New York company that provides waste and recycling services and began a commercial organics program. Attending the Orlando  conference in January this year helped with information to improve their program, she said. “With a history in waste hauling and disposal, we were moving forward with reluctance from some of our management. My two colleagues and I were able to bring back a wealth of information and excitement that helped get necessary buy-in from those key managers and provided information to make some key decisions for moving forward, “ she said. Do YOU have a new organics program, or collection equipment, or some other expertise that you need that extra data, name or study to help with the sell? Look for it at #Natures Way to Grow! USCC Composting Conference and Tradeshow 2014! -30- Planning a Conference Worth Remembering So our Annual Conference – the largest gathering of the compost industry in the world — is around the corner! What should you expect? What will it be like? If you’ve been before (after 21 years of holding a USCC conference, we hope many of you have been already and you’ll comment on this blog to help out the newcomers) you know that some of the highlights are watching big equipment process compost feedstock; learning by talking to others about the whys and whats of making and collecting compost, and listening to people who will help you with your collection program. We’re starting this special online blog on our forum page to give you a bit more of an in-depth look at what goes on. So we hope if you’re an old pro at getting the most out of the Composting Conference you’ll chime in, and if you’re new, you’ll ask us questions! Coming with an armload of ideas that WON”T go in the compost pile is our goal for you! Oh-and if you haven’t registered yet, don’t forget! Our special block of hotel rooms is filling up! www.compostingcouncil.org/conference 12/18/2013 Don’t Forget to Bring Your Jeans! See our Big Composting Toys! Were you one of those kids that always had to stop and look at big machines? Or maybe you’re a compost operator in the market for that next step up in tub grinder or screener. The Equipment Demo day has always been one of the most popular in the 10 years we’ve held it at the conference, and guess what—its all part of your full conference registration. We’ll shuttle you hourly out to the Redwood Landfill in nearby Novato where you can come out anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and wander among the equipment. Each group of machines will run in a session in the morning and afternoon. This year, due to popular demand and space that we have at Redwood, we’ll have what amounts to a second tradeshow outside, where you can see equipment on display all day adjacent to the Demo area. People enjoy the demo, they say, because equipment of this size isn’t easy to view in operation when you’re considering buying. “The field demonstration of equipment coupled with speaking to the vendor was the best I have ever witnessed,” said Andy Huggins, recycling coordinator for the City of Tulsa, OK, which is looking into beginning a composting program, after last year’s Demo. “A great opportunity for an inexperienced person to see lots inaction”. We’ll provide you with all your safety equipment (vests, hardhats, goggles). We’ll see you there! More here: http://compostingcouncil.org/equipment-demonstrations/