COMPOST2017 Conference Program

All events take place at The Westin Bonaventure except Equipment Show.

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Monday, January 23
PRECONFERENCE ACTIVITIES

PRE-CONFERENCE TRAINING COURSES, WORKSHOPS & TOURS (FOR DETAILS CLICK HERE)
Information on Continuing Education Credits can be found here

Time

Course & Instructors

Room

8:30am – 4:00pm

Tour 1—Compost Production – Join us as we tour three of the major composters in the LA Basin.

8:30am – 4:00pm

Tour 2—Compost Marketing and Uses – Join compost marketing guru Ron Alexander on this one-of-a-kind tour of innovative compost uses.

8:00am – 4:00pm

Foundations of Compost – Instructors: Bob Rynk and Matt Cotton

Palos Verdes

8:30am – 4:30pm

Best Practices in Community Composting – Instructors: Brenda Platt

San Gabriel A&B

8:30am – 4:30pm

Compost Business Management – Instructors: Mark King and David Hill

Santa Barbara B

1:00pm – 4:30pm

Planning and Implementing Organics Diversion for Businesses and Special Events – Instructor: Leslie Lukacs, Co-Instructor: Michael Siminitus

Santa Barbara A

8:30am – 12:00pm

Aerated Static Pile Composting – Applications and Advancements – Instructor: Peter Moon

Santa Anita C

1:00pm – 4:30pm

Management of Odor Issues at Compost Facilities – Instructor: Jeff Gage

Santa Anita C

8:00am – 4:00pm

How to Use Compost: Fruit, Vegetables, Landscaping and Other Applications – Instructor: David Crohn

CANCELLED

8:30am – 12:00pm

Vermicomposting for Businesses, Farms & Community Garden – Instructor: Rhonda Sherman

Santa Barbara A

9:00am – 4:00pm

Exhibitor move in

10:00am -12:00pm

Annual Meeting of the Compostable Products Task Force
Join the USCC’s Compostable Products Task Force for a robust discussion of issues affecting compostable plastics and the composters that accept them.

Sacramento

1:30pm – 4:30pm

Compost Collaborative Meeting – Facilitator: Anne Bedarf, GreenBlue
Preregistration required to participate. Register HERE

Sacramento

5:00pm – 6:00pm

USCC and CCREF Annual Members meeting – Hosted by Frank Franciosi

Sacramento

WELCOME RECEPTION AND GRAND OPENING OF THE EXHIBIT HALL
WELCOME TO LOS ANGELES

PASADENA BALLROOM, 6:00 TO 7:30 PM

 


Tuesday, Jan 24

8:00am

Trade show opens, coffee available in Exhibit Hall

CONCURRENT SESSION 1, 8:15 TO 9:45 AM

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4th Cultivating Community Composting Forum, Part 1

COMMUNITY COMPOSTING: DISTRIBUTED, DIVERSE, AND GROWING

San Diego

Moderators: Brenda Platt, ILSR and Nora Goldstein, Biocycle

  • Keynote: Empowering Neighborhoods Through Compost, Michael Martinez, LA Compost
    Community Composters Create Interest & Demand for Local Composting Programs
    This panel will showcase how community composters bring public attention to composting and the potential partnerships. Commercial scale composters and haulers – along with local government – will learn the benefit of these programs and how to support/partner with community-based efforts.
    Presenters:

  • City Sprouts and Bennett Compost Partnership, Philadelphia, Jennifer Mastalerz, City Sprouts and Tim Bennett, Bennett Compost, Philadelphia

  • Connecting Composting to Creating Jobs in Marginalized Communities, David Paull, Compost Wheels, Atlanta

  • Bike-Powered Collection Spurs Community Participation, Dustin Fedako, Compost Pedallers, Austin

Compost Facility Mngt: Green Energy, Drones, BMPs for ASPs

San Gabriel

Moderator: Peter Moon, O2 Compost

ReFED Roadmap to Reduce Food Waste – What Have We Learned and Where Are We Headed?
(sponsored by RRS)

Sacramento

Moderator: Hunt Briggs, Resource Recycling Systems

Discussion Panel:

Biochar–What and Why

Santa Barbara

Moderator: Rob Michitsch, University of Wisconsin

9:45am – 10:30am

Continental breakfast in Exhibit Hall

 


OPENING PLENARY – WELCOME TO COMPOST2017!

OPENING KEYNOTE: “Leaving a Legacy” Chad Hymas, – 10:30am-12:30pm

St. Louis Composting

sponsored by St. Louis Composting

 

12:30pm-2:30pm

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall Sponsored by exhibitors

 

CONCURRENT SESSION 2, 2:30 TO 4 PM

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4th Cultivating Community Composting Forum, Part 2

SUPPORTING A DISTRIBUTED COMPOSTING INFRASTRUCTURE: DOLLARS AND RULES

San Diego

Moderators: Brenda Platt, ILSR and Nora Goldstein, Biocycle

Panel Discussion
This panel will address the importance of local and state financing and policies to the development of a diverse and distributed composting infrastructure that includes community scale operations. How can state agencies such as CalRecycle’s create funding incentives to support community composters? How can local government revisit districting rules to allow for community composter to compete? What local governments are already financing and supporting community scale composting?

Panelists:

  • Bridget Anderson, Deputy Commissioner for Recycling and Sustainability, NYC Dept. of Sanitation
  • Kendra Bones, Commissioner, Austin Resource Recovery, Austin
  • Chris Hunt, ReFED
  • Michael Martinez, LA Compost, LA
  • Christina Oatfield, Sustainable Economies Law Center, Oakland
  • Kyle Pogue, CalRecycle

Safety is our First Concern

San Gabriel

Join safety specialists Scott Novak and Gus Lemus from the Scotts Company as we continue to promote safety throughout our industry.
Topics to be covered include:
Key areas to increase safety and compliance:

  • Lock Out / Tag Out
  • Machine Guarding
  • Powered Industrial Truck Operation
  • Electrical Safety

The Hows and Whys of Associate Engagement – the key to driving safety is to engage your associates and employees

ReFED Roadmap on the Ground: Approaches to Organics Tracking & Collection to Achieve Scale (sponsored by RRS)

Sacramento

Moderator: Nicole Chardoul, Resource Recycling Systems

Bioenergy: Integrating AD and Composting; Heat Recovery

Santa Barbara

Moderator: Bob Rynk, SUNY Cobleskill

 

4:00-4:45

Break in Exhibit Hall

 

CONCURRENT SESSION 3, 4:45 TO 6:15 PM

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Compost Markets: Limits and Growth

San Diego

Moderator: Bob Yost, A1 Organics

Managing Site Stormwater and Process Water

San Gabriel

Moderator: Will Bakx, Sonoma Compost

ReFED’s Roadmap Hits the Road: Building Processing Capacity at the Right Scale

Sacramento

Moderator: JD Lindeberg, Resource Recycling Systems

Discussion Panel:

Composting in Rural Areas and at Events

Santa Barbara

Moderator: Ginny Black, CCREF

 

5:00pm

Tradeshow Closes


Wednesday, Jan 25

7:00-8:30am

Breakfast with Champions (ticket required)

Beverly

Have breakfast with 10 of your peers and discuss an important industry topic. Each table will be assigned a different topic and led by a facilitator (not a speaker) where you and your peers can exchange ideas, discuss solutions, or learn something new and important over breakfast with new industry friends. Bring 9 of your Business cards and plan to meet people with common challenges! Includes Full Breakfast Buffet.

Sponsored by Vision Recycling

8:30am

Trade show opens , continental breakfast available

8:30-9:15am

Seal of Testing Assurance Annual Meeting

Santa Barbara

CONCURRENT SESSION 4, 8:45 TO 10:15 AM

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The Future of Compostability Standards: The Compost Manufacturers’ Perspective (sponsored by Heritage Bag)

San Diego

Moderator: Jeannette Hanna, BASF

Biosolids Developments North, East and West

San Gabriel

Moderator: Lorrie Loder, Murdoch Enterprises

California Track – California: Leading Renewable Carbon Management – Global Warming Reduction, Environmental Justice and Compost Production Markets

Sacramento

Moderator: Melissa Fischer, LA County Sanitation District

  • A Vision for California’s Continued Organics/Carbon Leadership – SB 32 and Beyond
    Das Williams County Supervisor, Santa Barbara County, CA

  • Building the Organics Recycling Industry Using AB 1071 – Supplemental Environmental Projects
    Dean Florez, ARB Board Member and Environmental Justice Representative to CARB

  • Working with Sustainable Agriculture and Local Non-Profits
    Janaki Jagannath, Community Alliance for Agroecology, Delano, CA

  • Using Compost Used to Sequester Carbon throughout California: How are EJ communities Affected or Enhanced?
    Calla Rose Ostrander, California Carbon Project


Sponsored by CalRecycle

 

9:15–10:15am

Compost Operations Manager Certification–What and Why

Santa Barbara

Meet with the Commissioners of the newly launched USCC Certification Commission to learn:

  • What does it take to earn and keep the new “Certified Compost
    Operations Manager” Credential
  • What went into the launch of the certification
  • What other certifications may be developed in the future

10:15-11:00am

Break in Exhibit Hall

 

CONCURRENT SESSION 5, 11:00 AM TO 12:30 PM

De-Contamination: The Vendor Showcase Returns!

San Diego

Moderator: Dave Gavlick, St. Louis Compost
As states and large purchasers institute limits on physical contamination, equipment manufacturers are innovating to help provide technological solutions. Each of these vendors will have 10 minutes to describe their equipment, with plenty of time for Q&A
Vendors:

  • Scott Equipment: Turbo Separator

  • Doppstadt: Tiger and Max Extract

  • Peterson Pacific: Windsifter

  • Komptech: Hurricane and Stonefex

  • Van Dyk: Densimetric Table

Facility Design: Flexible Pilots, Arid Climates, Case Study

San Gabriel

Moderator: Susan Thoman, Cedar Grove

California Track – How Regulations Can Promote Healthy Compost Facilities & Market

Sacramento

Moderator: Nick Lapis, Californians Against Waste


Sponsored by CalRecycle

From Curb to Compost: How the City of New York is Building an Organics Collection Program to Serve 8.5 Million People

Santa Barbara

Moderator: Louise Bruce, NYC DOS

An Overview of NYC’s Organics Policies and Programs

    • Part 1: Residential Curbside Organics Collection Program Methodology

    • Part 2: Public Education, Communications, and Marketing

    • Part 3: Ensuring Capacity for the Beneficial Use of Organic Waste

Panelists:

12:30-2:00pm

Networking with Vendors (lunch available to purchase)

 

CONCURRENT SESSION 6, 2:00 TO 3:30 PM

Compost and Cannabis: A Match Made in Legalization

San Diego

Moderator: Colum Riley, Malibu Compost
With the continuing emergence of legalization measures this past November and beyond, cannabis cultivation will emerge as a top market segment for compost in a wide array of characteristics and uses, such as compost teas, foliar sprays, top-dressing, soil rejuvenation and industrial hemp farming. This session will help you to understand the relationship between cannabis and compost.

Panelists:

  • Nick Boomer, Owner/Operator, Boomspharm LLC, Living Soil and Genetic Consultant specializing in Cannabis and Hemp Cultivars

  • Colum Riley, Co-Founder, Malibu Compost, Director of Production & Business Development

  • Randy Ritchie, Co-Founder, Malibu Compost, Director of Sales & Marketing

Facility Design and Management: Optimize Your footprint; Calculating the Cost of Equipment and Contamination

San Gabriel

Moderator: Greg Gelewski, OCRRA

California Track – Too Much Wood? – Biomass Energy and Its Impact on the Compost Industry

Sacramento

Moderator: Dan Noble, Association of Compost Producers


Sponsored by CalRecycle

Policy–Barriers and Opportunities to Grow the Infrastructure

Santa Barbara

Moderator: Jerry Bartlett, Bartlett Ventures

3:30pm

Trade show closes

3:45-6:00pm

USCC 25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!

California Ballroom

Come join us as we toast years with:
Looking Back and Looking Forward
Annual and Special Awards
Certification Recognition
Movie Premier25
Special Guests and much more!
DON’T MISS IT!

6:00-8:00pm

YP Networking Event

Garden Patio

The Bonaventure Brewing Company (Garden Patio on the Roof Deck of the Westin)


Food & Drinks Sponsored by



Thursday, Jan 26

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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Equipment Show and Demonstrations at City of LA Lopez Canyon Compost Facility

For over 12 years, the USCC Conference has hosted the largest “live” equipment demonstrations for the composting and wood recycling industry in the U.S. Now our show has E X P A N D E D to include an entire area just for equipment on display.

Shuttle buses will run through the morning from the Conference Hotel. Buses will go direct from the Equipment Show to the LAX airport at 12 and 3:30, so just bring your bags with you if you want to leave directly from the show. Return shuttles to the hotel will depart at 1, 2 and 4 PM

Equipment Show and Demonstrations Schedule

You will see:

  • Grinders and shredders from Bandit, CBI-Terex, Diamond Z, Doppstadt (Ecoverse), Komptech, Morbark, Rotochopper, Peterson, Tana and Vermeer
  • Screens from CBI-Terex, CEC, Doppstadt (Ecoverse), Edge Innovate, Komptech, McCloskey, Morbark, Tana, Terra Select and Vermeer
  • Windrow turners from Backhus (Ecoverse), CBI-Terex, Komptech, Midwest BioSystems, Scarab and Vermeer
  • Plus Load Volume Scanner from Loadscan, Dust suppression from CW Machine Worx, Interval Equipment and Moby Dick, Fleece Roller from Midwest BioSystems, Stacking Conveyer from Peterson, and Blower Truck from Peterson
  • Loaders and Excavators sponsored by Caterpillar and John Deere

Don’t forget to bring your badge!

Note: USCC reserves the right to make changes up to the date of the show

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