COMPOST2018: Green Sports Leader and Renowned Environmental Philanthropist Open and Close First Conference in Atlanta!

August 21, 2017

RESTON, VA — In a year of rapidly growing composting infrastructure, COMPOST2018, the national gathering of the compost industry, will focus on the expansion of financing and business development, evolving technologies and new collection points such as events venues, with Green Sports Alliance chair Scott Jenkins as keynote speaker and philanthropist Laura Turner Seydel as closing keynote speaker.

The 26th Annual Conference will be held in Atlanta, GA Jan. 22-25, 2018 at the Peachtree Westin Hotel. It is expected to draw more than 1,000 compost manufacturers, collectors of food scraps and green waste, equipment providers, academics, scientists and compostable products manufacturers.

“The explosion of compost permitting regulations, facilities, organics diversion laws, markets for compost and new products and technologies will bring a diverse mix of products to see and things to learn at this year’s conference,” said Frank Franciosi, executive director of the USCC.

Super Bowl Worthy Speakers

Scott Jenkins, who will open the conference, is the general manager of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, providing insight into the planning and construction of the new multi-purpose facility leading up to its opening this fall after which he will manage the operations of the stadium. He is also President and Chair of the Green Sports Alliance.

Laura Seydel, who will give the closing keynote, inherited her passion for taking care of the planet from her father, Ted Turner, who created the 1990s animated series Captain Planet. She is now Chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation which supports high-quality, hands-on environmental stewardship projects that have enabled more than 1.1M youth across the U.S. and around the world to make significant environmental improvements to their schools or communities.

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Interested attendees can subscribe to the information list on the Council’s conference site,, by clicking Contact Us, to be notified when early registration opens this fall and when additional speakers and program content is confirmed.

Education and Tradeshow

Sessions are being organized on business, including financing, growth and public/private partnerships models; collection in cities, events venues and commercial generators of food scrap; new technologies that are developing in the face of organics disposal bans and compost use in green infrastructure—which will be featured in tours of the Mercedes-Benz LEED Platinum stadium.

Attendees can visit the Trade Show of more than 100 vendors of technologies, products from commercial composting systems, heavy equipment serving facility operators to compostable products and services as varied as consulting, collection and business management.

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