A Solid Waste Systems Approach to Certifying Compostables for Organics Processing Facilities

June 6, 2022

The Compost Manufacturing Alliance (CMA) is a compost manufacturer owned and operated third party certifier of compostable food service products. Since 2017, CMA has rapidly grown to be North America’s premier compostable products field research experts. This session will address the incorporation of compostables from a facility perspective, covering programs in New York City, Phoenix, Chicago, Seattle, Denver, and other major cities. A growing number of CMA affiliates field test and process compostable products that meet both lab and field disintegration standards. Learn about the genesis of field testing, the operational process steps for field trials, how to identify the best compostables for varying technologies, and CMA’s experience


  • Susan Thoman, Managing Director, CMA

  • Alex Thomas, Special Projects and Field Lead, CMA

  • Michael Nicholson, Senior Vice President, WeCare Denali

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