Following yesterday’s release of the revised PAS 110 specifications for anaerobic digestate, today sees the relaunch of the Compost Certification Scheme (CCS) by Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd (REAL).
The relaunch includes a new website, logo and updated scheme rules, which will ensure the safety and quality of compost made from source-separated organic waste, such as food waste and green waste, in line with the criteria set out in the PAS 100 specification and the Compost Quality Protocol. Certified compost can be used in a range of applications, such as farming, forestry, horticulture and growing media. The scheme was formerly managed by the Association for Organics Recycling.
The new website (www.qualitycompost.org.uk) is designed to make it easier for producers to find the information they need to gain and maintain certification under the CCS, and also to enable farmers and growers to find local certified compost. The new scheme rules should be simpler for producers to use, with 70 pages of rules condensed down to just 30 pages plus technical annexes.
REAL Chief Executive Virginia Graham said: “Having taken on the certification team from AfOR, we are stronger than ever when it comes to certifying the products of organics recycling. We hope the CCS members and their customers find the new website and updated scheme rules easier to use and we welcome any feedback. We are fully committed to growing the markets for recycled products made from organic materials that would otherwise have been landfilled.”
Benefits of the Compost Certification Scheme
CCS certification gives a number of commercial advantages to compost producers. For instance, CCS-certified composters are often preferred partners for local authorities in Scotland and Wales looking to recycle their food waste and green waste collections, because CCS certification means composting can count towards their recycling targets. Similarly, certified compost tends to sell for a better price in the market, because consumers know it’s a high quality product that they can spread to land without having to pay for waste-handling controls or environmental permits.
David Tompkins, Sector Specialist at WRAP, said: “Certification of quality compost to the PAS100 specification is important for market confidence, and WRAP hopes that the simplification of the certification scheme rules will encourage greater uptake of the PAS.”
REAL, in conjunction with the REA’s Organics Recycling Group, will be running workshops explaining PAS 100 and the new-look Compost Certification Scheme in the autumn. Organics recycling professionals can log in to the REA website to book tickets for the first workshop, which will take place at the CCS-certified Hollybush Nurseries in Wolverhampton on 21st October.
To view the updated scheme rule, click the link: REAL CCS Scheme Rules I1R7