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23.01.2013 00:00 Age: 7 yrs

RREUSE submits position new position on End of Waste Criteria for Biowaste

The EU Commission is currently creating quality assurance criteria for compost and digestate (So called end of waste criteria). We are worried that the costs will be detrimental to small scale community composting


The EU Commission is currently creating quality assurance criteria for compost and digestate (So called end of waste criteria). Achieving the criteria would mean that the compost in question would become a 'product' and not 'waste' and could therefore be traded across international borders. This criteria would benefit large scale composting operations but could be a real burden on small scale activities, which process biowaste arising locally and spread resulting compost locally. They also use source separated materials. Many RREUSE members carry out these activities.

RREUSE is worried that mandatory quality assurance would cost too much for small community composting facilities and could jeopordise their existence and financial viability IF they were forced to achieve such criteria by local authorities. We believe that not enough emphasis has been placed on researching the costs for small scale local composting activities. 


Read our full position here