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Vital Earth first to meet dual compost quality standards

The potential of the green composting market received a boost as the first company to achieve dual high quality standards for its green compost was announced. The Composting Association and the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) supported the company, Vital Earth, in achieving a PAS 100 standard and a Quality Compost Protocol certificate. While the Quality Protocol was only launched in March this year, the PAS 100 standard was originally developed in 2002, then updated in 2005. The companys facility, which received capital support from WRAP, composts up to 60,000 tonnes of source-segregated green and catering waste a year. It uses a two stage, in-vessel controlled process followed by an enclosed, aerated static pile system. About 15,000 tonnes of 0 10 mm certified compost is produced a year, which is mainly used in amateur horticulture and soft landscaping. Composting Association chief executive Jane Gilbert said [Green composts] product status as well as its quality will give end users even more confidence in this valuable resource. The industry has a great deal of potential for further growth and we anticipate that achievements of this kind will prove valuable when differentiating quality composts from other materials and products on the market. Vital Earth technical director John Wakefield said: Achieving PAS 100 and Quality Compost Protocol certification demonstrates that our process is well managed and our compost is of consistently high quality. The certification and product status are important selling points that will help us to realise our composts full market potential. The Quality Compost Protocol was developed by the Business Resource Efficiency and Waste Programme, WRAP and the Environment Agency in consultation with the Composting Association, Environmental Services Association, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and other stakeholders.

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