November Meeting Follow Up

NJCC Friends and Members,
We could not be more fired up about the turnout and the discussion last week!
We had members from every part of the state and across the river. Members who represent a plethora of technologies, and expertise within the industry and we want EACH of you to know there is a place for you within the NJCC.
At the meeting, we had a fantastic presentation from Elsa Higby of the Queens Botanical Garden and NYC Compost Project and then we discussed and the board approved of three new committees: Membership and Outreach, Education which will include science and technology and Advocacy which will include market development.
If you did not have a chance to express your interest in being part of one of these committees or would like more information please let us know. If you did we will be reaching out in the near future to confirm your participation.
Whether education and training opportunities, advocacy for better policy or simply networking with fellow interested parties brought you to the table we hope to engage each of our members.
Our committees will begin the process of setting specific goals in each of these areas but whether you are part of a committee or not we look forward to your input, and participation moving forward. Do not hesitate to contact us with your thoughts at any time.
Please also remember if you are not already a member of the USCC we strongly encourage you to do so and to register with a NJ address. Information and benefits of joining can be found on their website
Thanks again and we look forward to a great future!
Jairo E Gonzalez

Press Release

August 23, 2018


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New Jersey Forms US Composting Council Chapter

New Committee to Champion Compost Production/Organics Recycling in State

Morristown, NJ. USCC members from the State of New Jersey have affiliated with the US Composting Council as an official committee to promote the compost manufacturing industry under the umbrella of the USCC, it was announced today.

The New Jersey Compost Committee (NJCC) has been organized by a group of USCC members working in the consulting, non-profit, public education and legal fields. These members are working towards a more robust organics and food waste recycling industry in the state.

“Our group wants to work with state regulators and legislators to make it easier to open a compost production business here, and to educate our citizens about the importance of organics recycling,” said Jairo E. Gonzalez, Vice chair NJ USCC

The group, which is seeking New Jersey members, will educate state regulators, local officials and the public about the importance of the compost manufacturing industry to local waste management programs, and jobs and business development, as well as the benefits of using compost in commercial and residential landscaping, and for storm water management, erosion control and green infrastructure. The Committee and USCC will jointly take positions on regulations and legislation that affect the industry and the market for compost in the state.

“The USCC — and the compost industry — is most effective in states where a local and organized industry group is at the table,” said Frank Franciosi, executive director of the USCC. “Our chapters are important because their leadership is directly in touch with the members we work to serve.”

The New Jersey Committee becomes the eighth regional chapter of the USCC. Committees are groups on a path to become full-fledged Charter Chapters. The industry is expanding due to increased efforts at removing food scraps from disposal along with traditional yard trimmings. The demand side of the industry is expanding with the growing recognition of the beneficial uses of compost.

California, Minnesota, Colorado, Virginia and North Carolina all have USCC Chapters, and Committees have been founded in Illinois and the Maryland-DC region.

For information about the New Jersey chapter, contact NJCC Co-Chair Jairo E. Gonzalez at or to start a chapter, contact USCC Membership Manager Linda Norris-Waldtat