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The Composting Council Research and Education Foundation (CCREF) was incorporated on June 9, 1992 in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Foundation was established to seek funding for research to enhance our understanding of composting methods and applications for compost and composted products. In addition, the Foundation disseminates research results to appropriate stakeholders and the general public.

The Foundation is an independent tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is affiliated with the US Composting Council through common board members. The Foundation and Council share office space, office equipment and staff.

Recent projects include the development of a one-day training program for state regulators on composting basics and a BMP manual for yard waste composting sites on how to add food residuals to their operations. Both of these projects were funded by Region 3 of the USEPA.

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The Composting Council Research and Education Foundation would like to thank its past research partners:

Barnes Nursery, Inc.
Browning Ferris Industries
Cargill, Inc.
Cracker Barrel Restaurant National Restaurant Assn.
DeLalio Sod Farms
E & A Environmental Consulting
Home Depot
International Paper, Inc.
James River Corporation
N-Viro International, Inc.
Procter & Gamble
Resource Recycling Systems
Sweetheart Cup Company
The Chinet Company
Warner-Lambert, Inc
Woods End Research Laboratory

Compost Producer
FL Compost producers
MN Compost Producers
NJ Compost Producers
NY Compost producers
WA Compost Producers

Federal Government
US Dept of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation

  • Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • US Geological Survey

State Government
CA Integrated Waste Management Board
Florida Dept. of Ag and Consumer Services
FL Dept of Environmental Protection
MN Dept of Agriculture
NH Dept. of Environmental. Services
NH Dept. of Transportation
NJ Dept of Agriculture
NJ Dept. of Environmental. Protection
NY Dept of Economic Development
WA Dept of Ag
WA Dept of Ecology

Local Government
New Hampshire Soil Conservation Service
NY City Dept. of Environmental Protection
Onondaga County, NY
Santa Barbara County
Suffolk County, NY
Webster, NY, Sewer Dept.

Assn of NJ Recyclers
Clean Washington Center
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
FL End-user Associations
FL Water Management Districts
Food for the Earth
Minnesota Compost Utilization Program
Municipal Waste Management Assn.
NJ Recycling Forum
NY Water Environment Federation
National Recycling Coalition – ReTAP
Nuserymen’s Association
Santa Barbara Community Environmental Council
Solid Waste Assn. of North America
The Rodale Institute
Waste Education Research Consortium – New Mexico
Water Environment Federation
Wheelabrator Clean Water

Cornell University
Louisiana State University
Rutgers University
Rutgers-Agricultural Experiment Station
State University of NY at Stony Brook
U of Florida
U of Hawaii
U of Maryland
U of Massachusetts at Amherst
U of Minnesota
U of M Dept. of Ecology
U of New Hampshire
U of Washington, Cooperative Extension

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