The Upstream Challenge to Make Compostables Work at Public Events

By Susan Thoman Certified compostable product options can significantly drive increases in food waste diversion within large venues and events when employed properly and within a well- developed system of procurement, education, and collection. However, more compost manufacturers are refusing loads from venues due to the overall contamination of non-compostable look-alikes, a lack of scrutiny […]

A Compost Manufacturer’s Compostable Products Wish List

By Susan Thoman CMA has been working with supply chain leaders and North America’s top compost manufacturers to engage in a collaborative and streamlined system of continuous systems improvement in the compostables space. One area of concern for compost manufacturing and hauling industry experts are the product categories that compost manufacturers currently don’t want to […]

Expanding Compostables in 2022

By Susan Thoman With plastics reduction and proposed EPR legislation burgeoning across the globe, compostables may provide a viable option to brands and manufacturers working to limit their impact on the environment. That naturally leads to considering compostability as an addition to a product line’s attribute portfolio. The sustainability model for taking single-use packaging with […]

The Evolution of Compost Manufacturing and Compostables

I grew up in a large family, and for us, composting in our backyard was part of daily life.  My mother was raised on seven acres, and the family lived off the land, grew their own food, and composted all the valuable twigs, leaves, food scraps and eggshells they accumulated. The compost went to mulch the garden, feed […]

CMA’s Vision for 2020

An Introduction by Susan Thoman The Compost Manufacturing Alliance (CMA) partners have pioneered the compost production industry for decades. We are comprised of some of the most accomplished compost industry pioneers and thought leaders, and we continue to work to innovate programs, expand capacity, and develop vertical programs and funding to make composting and compostable […]

Contaminant Of The Month, Condiment Packets – May 2020

Catching Up on the Ketchup Packet Conundrum Large sports events, conferences, school campuses, fairs, and other public facing gatherings serving food provide both opportunities and challenges in striving for zero waste. With more venues utilizing compost collection services, it is important to ensure your contractors and food service partners work diligently to eliminate potential upstream […]

Circular Economy Models & Composting

Circular Economy models encourage the elimination of waste in our supply chain, materials processing, and consumption habits. Commercial composters support this model by investing in businesses that take materials that would otherwise be shipped (in many cases) long distances to landfills, where they generate methane gas, a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than C02 […]