The move, made this spring during the open period for new industry NAICS codes, fulfills a long-term goal of USCC, whose compost production and collection members are currently classified into non-relevant codes for fertilizer and other non-industry related activities. A specific stand-alone industry code is expected to help USCC members when they obtain insurance; when they look for federal and small business bid opportunities; and for members who sell to fellow members who are composters.
Agencies like the Census Bureau and other federal groups use NAICS codes to collect and analyze data on industries and publish statistics on those industries and their impact on the U.S. economy. The data will also help USCC with aggregated data to use in discussions and advocacy with state and federal legislators and regulators, as well as other industries and interested stakeholders who are following the growth of the compost industry.
The application has been filed with the US Census Bureau and is under review during 2020. USCC has outlined an Industry Economic Survey that is also taking place later this year, pending additional industry support. This is one of the products of the Target Organics Project in the Compost Corporate Leadership Council work plan (see detail here). Anyone wishing to join the council and contribute to the fund can learn more here. There are levels for composters, affiliates and brand companies who want to help move the needle on infrastructure.