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Ontario composting guideline released for comment (December 01, 2009)

Ontario's environment ministry has released a draft guideline for compost operators entitled the "Guideline for Composting Facilities and Compost Use in Ontario." The guideline includes best management practices and guidance for compost...


Ontario’s environment ministry has released a draft guideline for compost operators entitled the “Guideline for Composting Facilities and Compost Use in Ontario.” The guideline includes best management practices and guidance for compost facilities and municipal waste managers.

Some of the areas addressed include locating and design of facilities, and equipment use and operating procedures.

The 134-page document establishes three different grades: “AA” is best (and corresponds with the existing compost standard), and can be used in gardens and directly with plants; “A” is second best, as it needs to be mixed with soil, and may include biosolids (any such use must appear on package labels); and, “B” which is suitable only for such end uses as landfill daily cover or roadside applications.


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