The Nebraska Recycling Council will hold a kickoff in North Platte on Wednesday morning, June 19 to celebrate the formation of the Nebraska Chapter of the U.S. Composting Council.

The chapter committee plans to build a coalition of Nebraska businesses, municipalities, educators, and residents interested in compost manufacturing, research, organics recycling, and land application of compost.

The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the West Central Research & Extension Center, 402 W. State Farm Road, followed by a tour of Bio-Ag Solutions’ commercial composting near Hershey.

Pre-registration is required at www.nrcne.org and includes lunch catered by Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse.

The deadline to register is June 17.

The speakers will be:

  • Cary Oshins, Education Director for the U.S. Composting Council.
  • Jerry Santee, owner of Bio-Ag Solutions.
  • Aaron Hird, State Soil Health Specialist.

The Nebraska Chapter is an official affiliate of the USCC, a national organization dedicated to the development, expansion and promotion of the compost industry.

“Nebraska agriculture, local economies and municipalities can benefit greatly from expansion of the composting industry and increased diversion of beneficial organics from our landfills,” NRC executive director Julie Diegel said.

The Nebraska Recycling Council is a statewide, member-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to maximize the economic and environmental benefits of resource recovery in Nebraska.