EU moves closer to compost quality standards

Consultants recommend heavy metal controls but suggest organic pollutant limits are unnecessary

The European Commission has released a detailed study on compost contamination proposing precautionary limits on heavy metals to avoid pollution of soils but dismissing the need for similar limits on organic pollutants.

Compost standards are an important part of an ongoing EU debate on how to cut biodegradable waste landfilling. The Commission has been considering biowaste rules since at least 2001. It is now coming under increasing pressure to make legislative proposals (EED 14/07/04).

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