Meet the Commissioners

Commissioner Jerry Bartlett

Commissioner Jerry Bartlett

Jerry Bartlett is the Principal of Bartlett Ventures and was most recently the Chief Environmental and Sustainability Officer for Cedar Grove Composting and managed operations or environmental affairs for the last 17 years.

He has over 30 years of experience in the environmental industry and a thorough knowledge of solid and hazardous waste regulations. Jerry has a B.S. in Park Management and M.S. in Environmental Planning. He has managed and permitted two of the largest compost facilities in North America and three others with feedstocks including yard waste, food waste, wood waste and bio solids while implementing seven different composting technologies.

Commissioner Tom Del Conte

Commissioner Tom Del Conte

Tom Del Conte founded Del Conte’s Landscaping in 1972, taking on small projects to put himself through college. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration from Cal State Hayward 1978, and he has years of experience as a Compost Facilities Operator, a green waste recycler and a Certified Landscape Professional.

In 1993, Tom founded Vision Recycling, a separate organic recycling-company and compost producer in the Monterey and San Francisco Bay areas that provides mobile grinding services, turn-key operations, hauling capabilities, and solutions for recycling challenges. Here, his team takes organic material (Green Waste, Yard Trimmings & Food Scraps) and transforms the finished product into compost, wood chips, mulch, and soil amendments while valuing a localized approach to green waste recycling. This minimizes trucks on the road and keeps the material in the soils from which they came. Vision Recycling processes close to 200,000 tons of feedstock annually.

Tom has participated in public speaking engagements for recycled organics, irrigation water conservation and Green Business concepts. He has consulted with the Alameda County Stop Waste agency for Green Business program development and is fanatical about organizational and procedural details and training programs. As the leader of the organization, this has stability implications as evidenced by over four decades of business success.

Commissioner Jack Hoeck

Commissioner Jack Hoeck

Jack is Vice President of Production for Rexius Forest By-Products Inc. of Eugene, Oregon. He has been with the company for 35 years and was instrumental in developing the company’s yard debris recycling centers.

Jack has worked with the City of Eugene to create the “Love Food Not Waste” program that provides opportunities to compost food waste from commercial businesses in the City of Eugene. He has over 25 years of experience in the production of compost from a wide variety feedstocks. Jack has received classroom training from The US Composting Council and is invited to speak at many conferences about the composting process and the compost industry.

He has served as a Board member for US Composting Council and held positions as Vice president and President.

Commissioner Matt Cotton

Commissioner Matt Cotton

Matthew Cotton has worked in organics and solid waste management since 1986. He has served as a consultant, educator, researcher, and advocate for new and expanded organics recycling and composting programs in California and beyond. Mr. Cotton has completed hundreds of significant organics projects, including permitting and assisting in the development of some of the major composting facilities in California. Mr. Cotton served on the Board of Directors of the US Composting Council for almost two decades, including three terms as president, and also serves on the Board of Californians Against Waste. He has published research on compost odors, compost use, climate impacts, compostable plastics, and compost facility infrastructure. He is the main author of SWANA's Managing Composting Programs course, SWANA's course on Organics Collection; and the organics chapter of the SWANA/CRRA Zero Waste Course. He co-developed and teaches the Foundations of Composting Course and is a lead instructor for the USCC's Compost Operator Training Course. In addition to teaching extensively in the US, he has taught composting and lectured in China, Brazil, Canada, and Australia.

In over 30 years of work Mr. Cotton has become a respected national resource for all aspects of organics recycling. From providing permitting assistance to new and expanded composting, anaerobic digestion, and chipping & grinding facilities, to providing hands on odor control mitigations at organics processing, digestion, and composting facilities, to conducting important statewide studies of the California organics industry and advising on organics policy.

Commissioner Scott Gamble

Commissioner Scott Gamble

Scott Gamble has over twenty-five years of technical and facility operations/management experience in the waste management industry. While he has worked on various solid waste landfill and transfer projects, the majority of his career has been spent in the organic waste management industry where he has completed feasibility and design projects, commissioned new facilities and helped with troubleshooting at existing sites. In addition to his technical and engineering knowledge, Scott has extensive operating experience at composting and other solid waste facilities. This includes almost ten years working at or managing landfill and composting facilities in the Edmonton and Calgary areas. In his current position, Scott supports the development of new sites and optimization of existing facilities across the US and Canada.

Scott has been actively involved in operator training and certification for many years. He is a former Director and past-Chairman of the Compost Council of Canada (CCC), and was the CCC’s lead trainer for several years. During this time he was also heavily involved with the development and management of the CCC’s Compost Operator Certification Program, and was part of the Solid Waste Operator Certification Advisory Committee for Alberta Environment. He has written several white papers and guidance documents, including a study guide for compost facility operators, and developed the content for the CCC’s operator training program.

Cary Oshins, USCC Director of Education and Staff Liaison to the Commission

Commissioner Cary Oshins

Cary Oshins is Associate Director for the US Composting Council. His work includes advocacy and policy development in addition to expanding professional development opportunities for composters.

Prior to the USCC, he was head of the Stormwater Management Division of Gardenique Landscaping, Inc. in Orefield, PA, where he represented Filtrexx® Erosion Control products. Cary has over 25 years of experience in composting education, research, utilization, and promotion, working for the Lehigh County Office of Solid Waste, the Rodale Institute, and Cornell University’s Waste Management Institute. As consultant to the Professional Recyclers of PA, he developed, coordinated and taught the organics component to PROP’s award-winning Recycling Professional Certification Program.

Frank Franciosi, USCC Executive Director

Commissioner Frank Franciosi

Frank Franciosi has had a long-standing involvement with the US Composting Council as a past board member and president. His extensive industry knowledge and experience provides the US Composting Council and its membership with strong vision and leadership to meet the needs of the organization.

Frank’s resumé includes more than 20 years of experience in marketing, operations management, residuals management, training, executive planning, and administration. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Plant & Soil Sciences from the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.

USCC Certification Commissioners

The mission of the USCC Certification Commission is to develop and administer national, valid, credible, vendor-neutral certification programs for organics recycling professionals which enhance the profession of organics recycling facility management and in turn benefit the community business and environmental outcomes. The initial development of the CCOM™ was by the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation thanks to a grant from the 11th Hour Project.