USCC Policy session: Working with Cities; Policy Barriers; Defining Advocacy
Community composting is an important facet of a diverse composting infrastructure, and provides education to help catalyze larger scale municipal efforts. Yet, too often state and local government policies hamper the ability of community composters to operate alongside franchised waste management corporations, as well as to qualify for contracts, funding, and access to organic material. Kourtnii Brown, policy consultant with the Sustainable Economies Law Center, will address what policymakers and stakeholders can do to support community scale composting efforts in terms of identifying legislative definitions, best management practices, and regulatory exemptions that standardize and ensure well-operated community composting sites. The presentation will provide a short overview of the legal and policy trends impacting each stage of the composting process, including 1) organic material generation, 2) hauling, 3) composting, and 4) distribution of compost. USCC experts will discuss.