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Update on The Composting Council of Canada initiatives

Thanks to support from All Treat Farms, the City of Edmonton, the City of Hamilton, the City of Calgary and the Regional Municipality of Niagara, the development of a greenhouse gas (GHG) protocol for...


Thanks to support from All Treat Farms, the City of Edmonton, the City of Hamilton, the City of Calgary and the Regional Municipality of Niagara, the development of a greenhouse gas (GHG) protocol for the Canadian composting industry is underway.

“A GHG protocol is a set of guidelines that explain how to quantify greenhouse gas emission reductions resulting from a defined project activity,” said Allan Yee of the City of Edmonton and Chair of the Council’s development committee. “It serves as a generic ‘recipe’ for project developers to follow in order to meet the measurement, monitoring and GHG quantification requirements associated with claiming offsets for a given project type.”

With the guidance of BlueSource Canada, an emissions offset/carbon marketing organization, a panel of composting facility representatives, sourced from council membership, has been set up to review operational practices, available science in addition to regional and international expertise and experience. The protocol will be used to identify the GHG value of composting organic residuals relative to having them landfilled. Following internal completion, the protocol will be submitted to Environment Canada for review and recognition.

Also, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has set up a review to assess the viability of utilizing the Compost Quality Alli ance (CQA) to supplement the CFIA mar ketplace monitoring of compost products across Canada.

All compost sold in Canada must comply with the Fertilizers Act and regulations. The act and regulations, administered and enforced by the CFIA, detail the federal standards for safety, efficacy and labeling. Currently, The Composting Council of Canada is working with the CFIA to develop a facility and product audit process for CQA members. Once finalized, the facility audit, conducted annually, would become a fundamental component of the CQA program.

For more information, contact Danielle Buklis at 1-877-571-GROW or info@compost.org


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