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This school is canceled due to COVID-19 concerns and related university restrictions on travel and in-person instruction.

Midwest Compost School July 7-9

Learn composting basics as well as advanced concepts such as odor managment, compost pile building and recipe development, animal composting, compost evaluation and analysis and compost marketing and sales. These and other topics are covered in this immersive three day school, which features classroom, hands-on and site visit instruction.

The Midwest Compost School has been offered annually since 1995. The school has rotated around Upper Midwest states for much of that time but in 2020 the school will be hosted for the fourth consecutive year at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Great facilities for classroom and hands-on activities, a convenient location, access to area operations for site visits and top-notch instruction all contribute to a high-quality experience. 

The Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology and the Soil and Waste Resources Discipline in the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point are hosting the 2020 Midwest Compost School.

Check out the full program here. Instructor bios will be posted shortly. And sign up for WIST e-newsletters to be notified as more information becomes available and for news on other institute activities.

New one-day option:

New for 2020 is a one-day program that meets the annual training requirements of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for source-separated organic material compost facility personnel. $250 to attend July 8th only. 


The school will provide an immersive three days of training in compost making, use and facility operation.

Comments from previous attendees

"A great hands on and networking opportunity for composters of all types of facilities!"
M. Hines, Dunn County Solid Waste & Recycling

"I was thinking I would broaden my composting scope but know now I will focus on what I am already doing but do it better!"
A. Nichols, Bureau Valley CUSD#340

"This was a great experience. I knew very little on composting, but the presentations were not over my head. The technical data was conveyed extremely well."
W. Guettel, Ozaukee County

"I’m glad that I got to meet others in the compost industry and be exposed to the science behind compost."
G. Brosnan, Northfield Curbside Composting

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to the composting process
  • Recipe development and feedstock characteristics
  • Compost quality and measurement
  • Compost pile building
  • Compostable packaging
  • Applications of compost
  • Hands-on compost pile construction
  • Midwest regulations overview and update
  • Site visit

Who should attend

  • Operators of small backyard piles to mid- and large-scale facilities
  • New or experienced operators
  • City administrators and zoning officials
  • Landfill managers and operators that process organics
  • Compost facility operators
  • Organic compost producers

Basic course schedule 

Day one: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Day two: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Day three: 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

A highly experienced faculty drawn from throughout the Midwest will teach the school. 

Credits and Certificates

This course meets the requirements for the CCOM™ basic training prerequisite. For info on CCOM go to www.certificationsUSCC.org

You may earn continuing education credits for attending.  

Questions about this school? 

Contact Angie Hauer, WIST development coordinator, at Angie.Hauer@uwsp.edu or 715-346-2331.

Registration Cancellation Policy 

If you have to cancel your conference registration, you must notify WIST in writing via email to wist@uwsp.edu prior to the conference start date. Refunds will be provided according to the following scale:
100% refund if notice is received by June 8th.
50% refund if received after June 8th but by June 22nd.
No refund will be issued for notice received 10 business days or less prior to course start date.
There is no refund of fees due to failure to attend without notice.
Substitutions will be accepted at any time without penalty.

Course is limited to 48 participants. 


 Sponsors and Media Partners


Become a sponsor for the 2020 Midwest Compost School. Your sponsorship will be recognized on the compost school web pages, in marketing messages, and at the compost school. Email Paul.Fowler@uwsp.edu to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.