U.S. Composting Council unveils National Compost Certification Program

U.S. Composting Council unveils National Compost Certification Program

As a means to improve customer confidence in compost selection and utilization, the U.S. Composting Council has developed a Seal of Testing Assurance Program. The Program is a testing and information disclosure program that uses uniform testing and sampling protocols, and requires the disclosure of test analyses and product ingredient data, as well as end use instructions to compost customers. “Without using uniform testing methods, end users of compost will not be able to make proper purchasing decisions,” notes Ron Alexander, Program’s manager. “The landscape/nursery, turf and ag industries should know that the composting industry is dedicated to becoming a mainstream supplier of high quality soil products to them. Green Industry companies should look for the Seal when they buy their compost and soil products.”

On March 1, 2000 the U.S. Composting Council kicked off its long awaited Seal of Testing Assurance Program with financial support from the U.S. EPA. The pilot year of the Program ended with over 40 commercial composting facilities and 1.5 million cubic yards of compost being certified. “The 2001 Program will no doubt include both additional composting facilities and approved testing labs, as well as additional outreach efforts to product specifiers, such as landscape architects and state Departments of Transportation,” stated Alexander.

For additional information, including how to locate a participating compost facility near you, go to www.compostingcouncil.org.

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