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Download these reports and information about composting and compost use.

Compost Benefits

This fact sheet summarizes the many physical, chemical and biological benefits of the use of compost.


PreTreatment Resources

Peruse this new collection of resources about dehydrators and biodigesters assembled by The Composting Collaborative as a result of a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. The Composting Collaborative was founded by USCC, BioCycle Magazine and GreenBlue, a nonprofit organization.

Top Issues in College Composting

This white paper was written in 2019 to capture current challenges and practices in campus composting.

Download here.

*Events and Venues Composting
…click here.
This guide, co-sponsored by the US Composting Council, was compiled by the Natural Resources Defense Council and is all about the economic and ecological reasons and best practices for composting at sports and entertainment venues.

*Workplace Composting (free)
… here.
Kimberly-Clark Professional, the US Composting Council (USCC) and Keep America Beautiful produce the Guide to Workplace Composting to help organizations develop workplace composting programs that support sustainability, waste reduction and zero waste initiatives.
The guide provides step-by-step instructions and resources to help office buildings, manufacturing facilities, hotels, hospitals, universities and other workplaces divert organic matter – such as food scraps, used paper towels, coffee grounds and coffee filters – from landfills through composting.

Composting in the Corporate Sector (2019):
 A white paper with case studies on current successes and challenges for brand companies, the hospitality and retail sector.

Compost and Climate Change
: Learn more about how the use of compost can have an impact on carbon sequestration and help mitigate the warming of our planet! Click here for resources!


Compost Use

Standard Specifications for Compost for Erosion/Sediment Control

These specifications contain all of the technical text found in the “Official” American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) versions, in their 2003 AASHTO Provisional Standards Manual. The Compost for Erosion/Sediment Contol “Filter Berm” is designated as MP 9-03, and the “Compost Blanket” as MP 10-03. For a copy of the official AASHTO specifications contact their Publications Assistant at 202-624-5800. Just updated in 2020!


USCC Factsheet: Washington State Bioengineering

The Washington State DOT (WSDOT) completed a project involving soil bioengineering on problematic slopes. Compost was used as part of the soil bioengineering solution.


USCC Factsheet: Texas DOT – Revegetating Difficult Slopes

The objective of this project was to demonstrate how the utilization of compost could effectively revegetate a barren slope.



Composting Practices

Guide to Composting at Sports Venues

The Natural Resource Defense Council’s NRDC’s Guide to Composting at Sports Venues can help venues identify cost-competitive, ecologically superior ways to manage their organic waste stream, which is an urgent ecological need.


Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Incorporating Food Residuals into Existing Yard Waste Composting Operations

In response to soaring waste management costs, diminishing landfill space, and the escalating need for more environmentally-responsible practices, EPA is working to promote more integrated solid waste management practices. Within that framework, EPA Region 3, in cooperation with the US Composting Council, established the goal of creating this Best Management Practices (BMPs) document to assist yard waste composting facilities in expanding operations to include food residuals. These BMPs serve as a guide for that purpose, emphasizing planning and operational considerations as gleaned from experienced industry professionals, and is not intended as a comprehensive technical guide to composting. By simplifying what is involved in composting food residuals, it is hoped that more composting will occur; and occur in a safe and sustainable manner.



Health and Safety

Compost Air Emissions Health Studies

Summary of Articles on Compost Air Emissions Health Studies
This paper is an abridged version of a more comprehensive document. This paper summarizes only those articles that deal specifically with health impacts, while the full paper includes papers that address air emissions as well as health.


Fact Sheet: Endotoxins

What is Endotoxin?

Endotoxin is a lipopolysaccharide (LPS) that is part of the cell wall of gram negative bacteria (Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, 19th Ed. F.A. Davis Co., Philadelphia, PA. 2001). Rylander and Jacobs (1994) indicate that endotoxins are made up of complex LPS compound, which consists of polysaccharide chains connected by core oligosaccharide to a lipid part.


A Practical Safety Manual For the Composting and Mulching Industry

The objective of this manual is to help you establish a safety program that is compliant with regulations and effective in reducing or eliminating safety hazards.

From the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services.   Bryan Lane, CIS Occupational Safety and Health Consultant, researched and produced this manual.




California Chapter Fact Sheet: Biosolids Compost: Rich Source of Plant Nutrients, Great for the Environment, and Reliably Safe

 A factsheet describing the production of biosolids compost; classification; use and safety.