The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) posted a Notice in the Canada Gazette on December 11, 2004. The Notice proposed changes to four Acts to prevent BSE (mad cow disease) from getting into the food chain. Several trade associations in Canada with an interest in composting are looking at how the changes would impact biosolids land application programs as well as potential impacts to the way in which municipal solid waste is managed.
Specifically, the proposed changes would remove the exemptions for registration currently applicable to biosolids and composted food and plant materials and require all biosolids and composted materials to be registered under the Federal Fertilizers Act.
Waste management professionals are unclear at the present on what this registration involves. The Coast Waste Management Association has sent a letter to the CFIA and has developed a summary of the impacts of the proposed changes to the Fertilizers Regulations. The Composting Council of Canada is also concerned
A link to the Notice from the Canada Gazette on the proposed amendments may be found here:
and to the Fertilizers Regulation:
For more information, contact:
Julie Gordon, Executive Director
Coast Waste Management Association
521 Langford Street, Victoria, BC V9A 3C5
Susan Antler, Executive Director
The Composting Council of Canada
16 Northumberland Street
Toronto, ON M6H 1P7