National Capital Region Organics Task Force

Date: 3 Dec 2012 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The National Capital Region Organics Task Force is a group of government, public interest, institutional and business representatives working to expand recovery, full capture and utilization of organic materials in the metropolitan Washington, DC region.

The Task Force is chaired by:

  • Brenda Platt, Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR)
  • John Snarr, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG)
  • Ashlea Smith, FreeState Compost

The Task Force meets quarterly.  To view agendas, presentations, and other documents from past meetings click the following MWCOG Webpage.

To join the Task Force: please contact Brenda Platt at


Current Initiatives: 

  • Development of a regional Master Composter Training Program:  The Task Force has created a subcommittee (the Master Composter Committee) to champion the development of a Master Composter Training Program at the University of the District of Columbia and throughout the DC Metropolitan Area. On September 24, 2012, the Task Force heard presentations from other model programs throughout the country. Click the link directly above to access the webpage for this initiative which includes presentations and related documents.
  • Promoting compost amended soils and compost related products for BMP’s for stormwater management and erosion control:  Organic matter is vital to healthy soils and amending soil with compost is the best way to increase the organic matter in soil. At the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s 7th Annual Potomac Watershed Trash Summit, Task Force Co-Chair, Brenda Platt facilitated the “Compost: Protecting Our Watershed” roundtable session. The session produced an ad hoc committee that will join the Task Force in its efforts to promote minimum soil quality and depth standards in Washington, DC and the Chesapeake Bay watershed, by replicating Washington State’s “Soils for Salmon” project. To join the ad hoc committee email Bobby Bell at To access presentations from the roundtable session panel of experts and learn more about the movement toward compost amended soils in the region, visit the initiative’s mainpage at the link directly above.

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Brenda Platt directs ILSR's Composting for Community project.