Biofertiliser produced through anaerobic digestion could be about to receive a boost following the introduction of new quality assurance measures designed to verify that the product is fit for purpose.
Biofertiliser is the nutrient-rich fertiliser which is produced when bio-degradable waste is treated via AD.
BSI PAS 110 is a voluntary national quality specification for biofertiliser, available to AD operators throughout England, Wales and Scotland from February 22, and forms part of the Anaerobic Digestion Quality Protocol.
BSI PAS 110 allows producers to confirm that their product is of consistent quality and therefore exempt from costly waste management controls.
WRAP organics technical specialist Nina Sweet said: The introduction of BSI PAS 110 is a fundamental step in helping to develop sustainable markets for biofertilisers.
Making it easier for farmers to use biofertiliser will increase demand within the agricultural community for fertilising and soil conditioning products derived from waste material.
The ADQP was developed by the Waste Protocols Project a joint WRAP and Environment Agency initiative in collaboration with the Renewable Energy Association.