BETHESDA, MD – Composting is big business these days, as companies try to improve their “sustainability scorecard” and governments seek to up recycling rates and reduce their “carbon footprints.” Nowhere is that growth more apparent then the Annual Conference and Tradeshow of the US Composting Council (USCC), where close to 1000 professional composters and their associates gather each year.
This year’s conference, dubbed “The Magic of Compost”, is January 28 to 31 in Orlando, Florida, on the doorsteps of the Magic Kingdom®.
gWe are excited to be returning to Orlando,” exclaimed Michael Virga, USCC Executive Director. “With the huge hospitality industry there, we will be emphasizing how restaurants and institutions can recycle their food wastes by composting. That is also part of our new partnership with the National Restaurant Association.”
Attendees will have dozens of technical sessions to choose from, with topics ranging from advice for start-ups to advanced marketing. The Third Annual Compostable Plastics Symposium will be highlighting the successes and tackling the issues in replacing traditional plastics used for food consumption and packaging with compostable ones.
When not in sessions the participants can peruse the hundred or so exhibitors in the tradeshow, attend networking events and receptions, see huge grinders and compost turning machines in action, and walk to Downtown Disney® for evening entertainment.
gWe are also really excited to welcome Will Allen as one of our Keynote Speakers,” Virga continued. “He is an inspirational speaker who really gets the connection between composting and the urban agriculture movement.” Allen, a winner of the prestigious MacArthur “genius” award, is founder of Growing Power, which seeks to develop Community Food Systems that help people grow and distribute food in a sustainable manner. In 2011, Growing Power farms collected and composted over 10,000 tons of food and other wastes.
Established in 1990, the USCC is a professional and trade association dedicated to the development, expansion and promotion of the composting industry in the United States. For more information, go to www.compostingcouncil.orgwww.compostingcouncil.org .
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