The US Composting Council and the US Composting Infrastructure Coalition welcome the representatives for the introduction of the Cultivating Organic Matter through the Promotion of Sustainable Techniques (COMPOST) Act in the US House of Representatives.
The KOMPOST Act meets the growing demand from private individuals and companies to compost food waste and certified compostable packaging. To support the transition to a circular economy, the COMPOST Act would create new USDA grant and loan guarantee programs for composting infrastructure projects, including large composting facilities as well as agricultural, domestic or community-based projects.
The bill would add composting as a conservation practice to USDA conservation programs. Both the production of compost from organic waste and the use of compost on a farm would be considered conservation practices. This bill addresses a critical need for regions and municipalities across the country looking to expand access to food waste composting, a key step in leading the move to net zero.
“Implementing innovative and responsible waste solutions like composting provides an opportunity to address important environmental challenges and have positive economic impacts for people and communities. While there remains a significant need for robust investments in composting infrastructure, the COMPOST Act is a critical step in the right direction, “said Jessica Bowman, executive director of the Plant Based Products Council, a member of the coalition.