2018 Award Winners
The 2018 awards were presented at the Closing Plenary held at COMPOST2019 in Phoenix, AZ.
2018 Composter of the Year, Large-Scale, Awarded to City of Plano-Texas Pure Products, Plano, TX
This facility was established in 1992 by the City of Plano in partnership with four-member cities: Plano, Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Richardson and North Texas Municipal Water District. The compost they produce is STA certified and OMRI listed, made from feedstock collected from groceries, markets and “back of house” preparation of food and yard trimmings.
2018 Composter of the Year, Small-Scale, Awarded to The Compost Company, Nashville, TN
The 5,000 ton per year facility provides both manufacturing and collection from locations such as Music City Center, Nashville’s LEED Gold convention center, as well as The Country Music Hall of Fame.
H. Clark Gregory Award for outstanding grass roots efforts to promote composting and public outreach, Awarded to the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, Diane Hazard, Executive Director.
In 1983, Solana Center pioneered the first comprehensive curbside recycling program in Southern California and is one of the first community-based recycling programs in the U.S.
Program of the Year, Awarded to City of Minneapolis
Education and outreach led to 49,350 households (46%) signing up and participating in the city’s two-year-old citywide organics recycling program – and with a very low contamination rate (less than 1% in residential curbside organics).
Previous USCC Award Recipients
Composter of the Year
2017 Cedar Grove Compost, Seattle, WA
2016 Tanks Green Stuff
2015 Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority
2014 Charleston County’s Bees Ferry Composting Facility
2013 Joseph DiNorscia, Laurel Valley Soils
2012 Jeff Ziegenbein, Inland Empire Regional Composting Authority
2011 McGill Environmental Systems
2010 Ron Miesbauer, South Kern Compost Manufacturing Facility (Synagro)
2009 Bill Camarillo, Agromin
2008 Bob Yost, A-1 Organics, Denver CO
2007 Steve Elliott, Mecklenburg County, NC
2006 Sun-Land Garden Products, Watsonville, CA
2005 Paul Brewer, Navy Whidbey Recycling, Whidbey Island, WA
2004 George Belmont, New England Organics
2002 Wayne King, ERTH Products, LLC.
2000 Scott Plett, Davenport Compost Facility
1996 Peter Garnham, Town of East Hampton, NY
1995 Jeff Gage, Land Recovery, Inc.
1994 Sharon Barnes, Barnes Nursery, Huron, OH
Composting Program of the Year
2017 University of Florida Student Compost Cooperative
2016 Recycle Smart
2015 Texas State University Bobcat Blend Composting Program
2014 NYC Compost Project, New York, NY
2010 Greg Gelewski, Madison County
Hi Kellogg Award
2017 Wayne King, ERTH products
2016 Ginny Black
2015 Kathy KC Alexander – Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Sumner Martinson – MA-DEP
2014 Frank Franciosi
2013 Dr. Nora Goldstein
2012 Dr. Frank Guoin, University of Maryland
2011 Michele Young, City of San Jose – Environmental Services Dept.
2010 Craig Coker, Coker Composting & Consulting
2009 Jeffrey LeBlanc, WeCare Organics
2008 Dr. Walter Carey, New Milford Farms
2007 Chris Bales, New England Organics
2006 Marvin Urbanczyk, SCARAB Manufacturing and Leasing, L.P.
2005 Sego Jackson, Snohomish County; David McDonald, City of Seattle; Kris Beatty, King County; and Connie Allison, Washington Organics Recycling Council, Soils for Salmon program
2004 Jean Schwab, USEPA
2015 Heidi Ringhofer, Paul Sellew and Rod Tyler
2011 Jim McNelly, Renewable Carbon Management
2010 Ginny Black, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
2009 Ron Alexander & Al Rattie – STA Program
Rodale Agricultural – AWARD DISCONTINUED
1996 Ed Maltby, Smith Vocational
1995 Pat Herbert, Herbert Ranch
1995 Joe Keyser, Maryland Environmental Service
1995 George Fitzpatrick, University of Florida
1994 Lewis Carr, University of Maryland
2013 Sharon Barnes, Barnes Nursery. Inc
1995 Bill Greggs, Proctor and Gamble
1995 Oley Sheremeta, Recomp of Washington
1994 Archie Albright, William Ruchelshaus, BFI
Past presidents recognized at the 2016 awards luncheon:
Rod Tyler, 2015
Lorrie Loder, 2013-14
Frank Franciosi, 2011-12
Wayne King, 2009-10
Matt Cotton, 2006-08
Carl Kipp, 2005
Kevin Tritz, 2002-04
Jack Hoeck, 2001
Stu Buckner, 2000
Sharon Barnes, 1999
These winners have given generously of their time and talent to further the compost industry and to protect the environment for future generations. Please join the USCC in thanking them for their efforts.