The Quebec government has proposed amendments to its Agricultural Operations Regulation (R.R.Q., c. Q-2, r. 11.1) to ban compost containing all or any part of carcasses of mammals or fowl as well as municipal sludge or treatment wastewater sludge from being spread on land where crops are being grown for human consumption and on pasture land.
The proposed amendments will replace the blanket prohibition in Quebec on the spreading of fertilizing materials containing carcasses of ruminants, and the spreading in certain places of fertilizing materials containing other types of animal carcasses, by a less restrictive prohibition.
The amendments would exempt compost derived from household food waste or other sources and sewer sludge from the wastewater treatment plants of slaughterhouses, rendering plants or other meat processing plants. The government says that the fertilizing materials subject to the prohibition may be spread on crops or pasture land if the materials are compliant with the certification standards that govern fertilizer safety.
Comments on the proposed amendments, published in Gazette officielle du Qubec, July 11, 2007, will be accepted until September 9, 2007.