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USCC Webinar: Will They Break Down at My Compost Facility? The Compostable Products Field Testing Program

December 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

WHEN: December 11, 2019 1:00 PM Eastern

WHO: Composting Council Research and Education Foundation and-YOU

WHAT: The Compostable Products Field Testing Program (CFTP) is a way for composters to do on-site disintegration testing of compostable products. Learn how to participate and what the experience was like from two facilities that have tried the protocols. Hear how the data collected in this program may be used to identify what products do and don’t break down under real world conditions as part of a collaborative, open-source, international project.


  • Compost facility operators
  • Compost researchers
  • Recycling/Sustainability/Zero Waste Coordinators
  • Compostable Product Manufacturers and Distributors
  • Composting enthusiasts and advocates



Emily McGill, Manager of Research & Communications, BSIbio Packaging Solutions

A founding partner of the Compostables Field Testing Program, Emily’s areas of expertise are in waste prevention and resource recovery, especially at the intersection of food and waste. She has designed and managed field testing with compost manufacturers since collaboratively founding the testing program in 2015. She also co-founded and co-facilitates Master Recycler Vancouver, an adult education program for waste prevention and reduction, has worked as a Project Engineer with Tetra Tech Canada’s Solid Waste Management Planning team, and consulted for the National Zero Waste Council’s Product Design & Packaging Working Group. With a bachelors in Bioresource Engineering, Emily brings a passion for integrating research, analysis and design for systems change.

Laura Hamilton, Waste Diversion Specialist with The City of Calgary in Alberta, Canada

Laura manages the municipality’s Green Cart program working closely with the largest in-vessel composting facility in North America. Her role includes regular monitoring of industry composting trends, education and programming service for residents and planning annual compost giveaway events for thousands of attendees. Laura has also worked as a waste educator working with businesses and organizations to share best practices for implementing diversion programs. Prior to joining The City of Calgary she worked as operations manager at a startup composting facility developing processes to ensure worker safety, regulatory compliance and compost quality.

Marisa DeDomenicis, Executive Director and co-founder of Earth Matter NY Inc.

Earth Matter is a non-profit located on Governors Island working in partnership with The Trust for Governors Island to develop a Zero Waste Island. The Trust mandates use of compostable serviceware by vendors and event producers. This year the site processed more than 134 million lbs of food scraps, compostables and yard waste generated on the island, and food scraps dropped off at NYC farmers markets. Marisa heads up the Farm’s training program, and also works at the Compost Learning Center hosting open hours and processing work days with the goal of engaging visitors in composting.

Wayne Howard, Program Manager for the Composting Council Research & Education Foundation

Wayne coordinates the Foundation’s Compost Operations Training Program,oversees the Compostables Field Testing Program, and develops educational tools such as the compost sampling videos. He also worked as a Review Engineer with the North Carolina Division of Water Resources evaluating municipal and community water systems’ water supply planning programs. As a Project Engineer with Agri-Waste Technology, Inc. he developed livestock wastewater application packages. He holds a Masters Biological Engineering from NC State University.

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_A44tSmqxSIuvmnWTi8yz8g


December 11, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm