Committees are where the work of the Council happens, and are a great way to get involved! Whatever area you are interested in there is a way to get plugged in. You can call the committee chair directly, or send us an email with what you’re interested in and we’ll make sure it gets to the right person.

Annual conference Advisory

Mission: Maintain the Annual Conference as the premier USCC educational and networking event for members and the composting industry and the primary fundraising event of the organization

MATT COTTON, Integrated Waste Management Consulting


Mission: Member Communications and Outreach to Prospective members and Industry

BOB SCHANZ, Barnes Nursery


Mission: Conduct the business of the organization within the policies established by the Board of Directors.

PATRICK GERATY, St. Louis Composting

Treasurer and Finance

Mission: Management and investment of USCC funds

JOE DINORSCIA, Laurel Valley Soils

Legislative & Environmental Affairs

Mission: Focus on legislative matters and public policies that affect the composting industry and the impacts of composting and compost on the environment

Co-Chairs: NEIL EDGAR, Edgar & Associates & MARCUS ZBINDEN, Carver County

Strategic Alliance Committee

Develop mutually beneficial partnership arrangements with those that share the Council’s values and purpose.

Chairs: BRIAN FLEURY, WeCare Organics

Target Organics Committee

Mission: Support municipalities in developing, executing, and growing programs to collect and process food scraps and other organics.

SUSAN THOMAN, Compost Manufacturing Alliance

Model Zoning Task Force

Mission: TO develop a guidance document on how to work with local zoning boards with examples of language that can be used to create or update compost-industry-friendly zoning ordinances or regulations

Marcus Zbinden, Carver County, Chair

Infrastructure Task Force

Market Development Committee

Increase and broaden the markets for compost and establish compost as the best-known, most widely used product of choice in the agricultural and horticultural marketplace. Include overseeing the Seal of Testing Assurance Program

BOB ENGEL, Engel & Gray, Inc
CHUCK DUPREY, Naturcycle, Vice-Chair,


Mission: Solicits nominations for the annual election of the USCC Board of Directors, Composter of the Year, Hi Kellogg Award for Outstanding Service to the Composting Industry, Rufus Chaney Award for Research Excellence, H. Clark Gregory Award for Outstanding Grassroots Efforts to Promote Composting, and Clean Water Award

Chair: EILEEN BANYRA, Community Compost Company