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Composting Council Research and Education Foundation (CCREF) Launch Voluntary Program to Drive Scientific Research and Education Projects

July 9, 2012

GIVE US YOUR TWO CENTS! Campaign supports best management practices for composting

Bethesda, Maryland, June 11, 2012 — The Composting Council Research & Education Foundation (CCREF) is very pleased to announce the initiation of a voluntary, donation-based program, Two Cents for Compost. Contributions made to this program will go towards funding scientific research and education projects that support development of best management practices for composting, identify and quantify the benefits of compost use, and build awareness of the environmental and social benefits of composting and compost utilization.

Compost producers are asked to voluntarily contribute $0.02 per ton of compost produced on a quarterly basis to the fund. Educators, public and private compost advocates, and the general public are encouraged to make individual donations to this program. Broad participation ensures the success of the program and provides a recurring funding source for the foundation.

The CCREF acknowledges the generosity and leadership of the founding members of this program: WeCare Organics, St. Louis Composting, LETCO Group/Living Earth, A1 Organics, Novozymes, Chamness Technology, and the Inland Empire Regional Composting Authority.

“Compost is a sustainable investment in good soil and a clean environment,” stated Michael Virga, CCREF Executive Director, “the founding members of this program have made a generous commitment to these values and the industry that makes them a reality. Their support has brought a program with boundless potential to fruition.”

The goal of the Two Cents program is to bolster innovation and growth of organics recycling and the composting industry across the nation. All donations will support the compost community through the awarding of grants for research and education relevant to improving the quantity and quality of compost produced and sold in the United States.

“Growth in sound scientific research, organics recycling education, and industry infrastructure to encourage greater recovery of organic materials is critical to advancing this important and sustainable practice,” says Scott Subler, CCREF Chairperson.

The CCREF goal is to raise $30,000 by the end of calendar year 2012. For more information on how to contribute, go to Support Foundation.

Established in 1990, the CCREF is a 501(c) 3 charitable nonprofit organization, dedicated to the development, expansion and promotion of the composting industry in the United States. For more information, go to CCREF.

Contact:
Michael Virga, Executive Director
Composting Council Research & Education Foundation
301-897- 2584
[email protected]