USCC Emerging Composter Challenge


The Winners!
First: Meredith Danberg-Ficarelli, Common Ground Compost
Second: Kristen Baskin, Let Us Compost
Third: Roo and Joel White, White’s Environmental Service

Photo by Holly Elmore

The Judges:
Round 1:
Dave Williams, BioBag
Todd Dunderdale, Komptech Americas
Noel Lyons, McGill Compost
Mark Ochs, Scotts Miracle-Gro
Greg Pabich, Northland Capital Equipment Finance
David Hudson, Recology
Round 2:
Eileen Banyra, Community Compost
Pierce Louis, Dirt Hugger
Lora Hinchcliff, Living Earth
Kevin Bolin, Q2 Earth
Scott Woods, Sustainable Generation

We are Looking for Compost Manufacturing Industry Entrepreneurs!

Compete in the USCC Emerging Composter Competition!

What is it?

A “Business Pitching” competition at the USCC National Conference, COMPOST2018, with two divisions: one for NEW IDEAS and one for NEW BUSINESSES, organized by the USCC Young Professionals!

Why participate?

  • Cash Prizes will be awarded to get your idea off the ground
    1st Prize: $5,000
    2nd Prize: $1,500
    3rd Prize $750
  • Build a Network as you Launch your Plan
  • Get Feedback from Industry Colleagues and Experts


Stay Updated

Would you like to contribute? Contact Reece Hammer, our Young Professionals Competition Committee Chair.

The Competitors!

David Andre, GoZero/Econopia, Ohio

Kesiah Bascom, OffBeet Compost, Massachusetts

Kristen Baskin, Let Us Compost, Georgia

Nathan Brunell, Compost Rangers, South Carolina

Meredith Danberg-Ficarelli, Common Ground Compost, New York

Jeffrey Neal, Loop Closing, Washington, DC

Jessica Saturley-Hall, Upper Valley Compost, New Hampshire

Tracie Troxler, Sunshine Community Compost, Florida

Roo White, Whites Environmental Service, Alabama

Two Stages of Competition:

Part 1: The Emerging Composter Fair: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Judging 8 AM-9:45 AM EST
Open to the Public 9:45AM-10:30 AM EST

A Tabling Fair where Entrepreneurs will pitch individually for judges, and later, visitors.

Part 2: The Emerging Composter Finals Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Closing Plenary (Plenary runs 3:45-6 PM EST)


Follow the action with bios of the competitors!!!

Want to be a judge? Watch for our Judge Job Descriptions coming soon.

Register Now!