Webinar: The Composting Handbook - Making the Most of This New Reference

Original Broadcast Date: July 14, 2022 2pm (EST)


What You'll Learn

Learn how you can best use The Composting Handbook to assist you for your specific, focused needs. If you are a composter, permitter, marketer of compost or do many other jobs within the compost industry, you’ll want to learn how to use this extensive and well-researched publication to find exactly what you need anytime something new comes up.

Professor Bob Rynk, the lead author and editor of the book and Cary Oshins, CREF Education Director and also an author, will guide you on what is included in the book, why it is there and how you can use this thousand plus page reference for years to come. Time for Q&A will be included.

The Composting Handbook is an invaluable reference for composters, permitters, marketers and anyone interested in composting as a solution to managing organic materials. With such a wealth of information at one’s fingertips, finding exactly what you need when a question arises may seem daunting.

This webinar will teach you how to best use The Composting Handbook for your specific needs. Join Professor Bob Rynk, lead author and editor of the book, along with contributing authors Cary Oshins (CREF Education Director) and Matt Cotton (Integrated Waste Management Consulting, Inc.) as they guide you on what is included in the book, why it is there and how you can use this reference for years to come. Whether you’re an industry professional, regulator, or compost enthusiast, their tips will help you effectively navigate the book.

Webinar Speakers

Cary Oshins
US Composting Council

Cary Oshins is Associate Director of the US Composting Council, where his work focuses on member services, including the annual conference, developing the professional credential program, and industry advocacy at the state and national levels. He is also Education Director for the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation, where he runs the Composter Training Program, including the highly-regarded Composting Operations Training Course. Prior to the Council work he started the Stormwater Management Division of Gardenique Landscaping, Inc. in Orefield, PA, where he represented Filtrexx® Erosion Control products.

Cary has over 30 years of experience in composting education, research, utilization and promotion, working for the Lehigh County PA Office of Solid Waste, the Rodale Institute, and Cornell University’s Waste Management Institute. As consultant to the Professional Recyclers of PA, he developed, coordinated and taught the organics component to PROP’s award-winning Recycling Professional Certification Program.


Matthew Cotton
Integrated Waste Management Consulting, LLC

Matthew Cotton has worked in organics and solid waste management since 1986. He has served as a consultant, educator, researcher and advocate for new and expanded organics recycling and composting programs in California and beyond. Mr. Cotton has completed hundreds of significant solid waste projects including permitting and assisting in the development of some of the major composting facilities in California. Mr. Cotton served on the Board of the US Composting Council for almost two decades, including three terms as the organization's president, he also serves on the Board of Californians Against Waste. He has published research on compost odors, compost use, climate impacts, compostable plastics, and compost facility infrastructure. He has taught the Foundations of Composting course (co-developed with Bob Rynk) for almost two decades. He has been an instructor of the USCC’s Compost Operator Training Course since its inception. He is currently assisting in the permitting of several new compost facilities in California; as well as doing research on VOC emissions from composting for CalRecycle


Bob Rynk
State University of New York, Cobleskill

Bob Rynk, Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York, Cobleskill campus (SUNY Cobleskill), having recently retired from the Department of Agricultural Engineering Technology. His areas of expertise include waste management, natural treatment processes and alternative energy. Bob’s work at SUNY Cobleskill included teaching courses on equipment technology, composting, waste management and bioenergy. In a previous life, Bob was Senior Technical Editor for BioCycle magazine and Executive Editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Compost Science and Utilization.

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