Matthew Cotton, Principal, Integrated Waste Management Consulting, LLC, California
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. He has served on the Board of Directors of the US Composting Council for more than a decade, including as president for three years, 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 both the SWANA Managing Composting Programs Course, and SWANA&rsquos course on Organics Collection; and the organics chapter of the SWANA/CRRA Zero Waste Course. In more than 30 years of work, Mr. Cotton has become a respected resource for all aspects of organics recycling. He is the “go to” person for providing permitting assistance to new and expanded composting, anaerobic digestion, and chipping and 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.