written resources


New York Times Compost News

The New York Times provides a section topic for composting.

Global Recycling Network

GRN is a free-access public site dedicated to recycling-related information. They offer all companies involved in the Recycling Industry a wide exposure.

How to Compost.org

This site is a hub of information for anyone interested in the various aspects of composting.

Amazing Environmental Organization Web Directory

Environment Search Engine

CORNELL Composting Page

This website provides access to a variety of composting educational materials and programs developed at Cornell University.

Food to Fertilizer: Compost Counts at Zion Lodge

Xanterra Parks and Resorts® composts all of its food wastes, lawn clippings, and shredded paper at Zion Lodge in Zion National Park.

EPA Plain English Guide to the 503 Rules

The EPA Plain English Guide to the 503 Rules available on-line in PDF format.

Rot Web Home Composting Information Site

Basic information about home composting.

Philly Compost

Helping Philadelphia achieve a zero waste future by keeping food and yard waste out of landfills through composting in our neighborhoods.

Compost A to Z: Complete Guide to Composting

Complete home composting guide to what type of composter and method to use, what to compost, benefits of composting, composting 101, FAQs, mistakes and troubleshooting. By GAIAM Life.

National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology

Founded in 1989, its student outreach programs, campus consulting, natural resource reduction competition, and educational events and resources reach about a thousand campuses each year.

College and University Recycling Coalition

Mission: To advance recycling and sustainable materials management at colleges and universities.

A Guide to Conducting and Assessing a Food Waste Assessment

Food waste data, research, toolkits, educational information, and community solutions

Books, PDFs, Periodicals


The Practical Handbook of Compost Engineering
Author: Roger T. Haug
Publisher: Lewis Publishers
CRC Press, Inc.

On-Farm Composting Handbook 
Northeast Regional Agricultural Engineering Services Cooperative Extension
Editor: Robert Rynk

Sludge Composting and Utilization
A Design and Operating Manual
Authors: Mark E Singley, Andrew J. Higgins, Michelle Frumkin-Rosengaus

The Science of Composting
Author: Eliot Epstein

Publisher: Technomic Publishing Company, Inc.

Composting and Recycling Municipal Solid Waste
Authors: Luis F. Diaz, George M. Savage, Linda L. Eggerth, Clarence G. Golueke
Publisher: Lewis Publishers

Test Methods for the Examination of Composting
Co-Editors: Philip B. Leege, Wayne H. Thomson
Published by: The United States Composting Council

Western Fertilizer Handbook
Produced by: Soil Improvement Committee California Fertilizer Association
Order from: The Interstate Printers & Publishers


Small to Medium Scale Composting of Food Wastes
Cornell University & City Green, Inc.

Compost – A Guide for Evaluating and Using Compost Materials as Soil Amendments
By William Darlington, Consultant, Soil & Plant Laboratory, Inc. Orange Office

Compost Quality: Performance Requirements
By California Integrated Waste Management Board


BioCycle (published monthly)
Journal of Composting & Recycling
Published by: The JG Press, Inc.
ISSN 0276-5055

Compost Science & Utilization (published quarterly)
Published by: The JG Press, Inc.
ISSN 1065-657X

Resource Recycling (published monthly)
North America’s Recycling and Composting Journal
Published by: Resource Recycling, Inc.

MSW Management (published seven times annually)
Published by: Forester Communications Inc.

More Composting Tips and Information

Composting with Food Waste
Green Mountain Technologies' presentation from the U.S. Composting Council's 2023 Conference.
Compost Facility Odor Management
Green Mountain Technologies’ Jeff Gage’s PowerPoint presentation on Compost Facility Odor Management at the U.S. Composting Council’s 2013 Conference.
Tools of the Trade
Green Mountain Technologies’ Jeff Gage’s presentation on composting tools at the U.S. Composting Council’s 2013 Conference. (3.5 MB)
Michael Bryan-Brown, Green Mountain Technologies: “Composting in the Big Apple”

Green Mountain Technologies’ Michael Bryan-Brown’s presentation on urban composting pioneer Battery Park at the U.S. Composting Council’s 2013 Conference. (2.3 MB)
On-Farm Composting Handbook
In this handbook, Cooperative Extension, provides an overview of composting as it is practiced on the farm.
Effects of organic matter amendments on net primary productivity and greenhouse gas emissions in annual grasslands
Rebecca Ryals and Whendee L. Silver, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, 130 Mulford Hall No. 3114, Berkeley, California 94720 USA
“Food Forward: SOS: Save our Soil” courtesy of PBS.org
This PBS feature program shares an insightful look at the precious ecosystem of our soil, it’s link to the food we eat, and how we can go about saving it.

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