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As the national organization representing a wide range of composters we focused our comments on a few areas that have a potential for setting precedents that may be copied by other states.
- Physical Contamination Limits in Compost: One of the guiding principles of the USCC is that product quality can only be defined in relation to its intended use. So it should be the purchasers and users of the products—the marketplace—that should set the product quality standards beyond minimum health and safety standards
- Food Scraps to Dairy Loophole: We are opposed to allowing dairies to take off-farm food scraps for digestion under a simple “notification” tier.
- Regulating Direct Land Application: We support increased regulation of this practice to protect not only markets for compost but even more so for reducing the threat of spreading imported pests
The US Composting Council reviewed draft regulations put forth by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources titled “Plant Nutrient Application Requirements for Agricultural Land and Land Not Used for Agricultural Purposes.” Comments touched on a number of areas starting with definitions for terms such as ‘biosolids,’ ‘compost,’ and ‘fertilizer.’ Council staff will continue to follow the progress of these draft regulations and encourage conditions that are based on scientific best management practices and improve markets for compost products.
USCC submitted letters of support and comments to the State of Rhode Island General Assembly regarding H7033 (S2315) and H7482 (S2436), two bills that would require large generators of food residuals to recycle those residuals. This legislation mandates producers of food residuals to 1) source-separate food residuals from other solid waste for recycling; and 2) recycle or treat food residuals on-site or send their organic waste to a recycling facility.
- The reinstatement of three soil types to the list of “eligible soil types” that are acceptable as part of the five foot of separation from the zone of continuous ground water saturation.
- Allow residual that has gone through the PFRP to be stored off pad until reincorporated into the composting process.
The U.S. Composting Council is strongly in favor of SF-306 and the emphasis it puts on
recovering, reusing, and recycling organics, particularly food scraps.
This bill will not only reduce production of harmful methane gas at landfills in Iowa, it
will also increase awareness of organics recycling in Iowa.
USCC opposes SB 462’s 1500′ exclusion zone for composting facilities around schools on a property-line-to-property-line basis, and more more generally on reversing DEQ’s progressive performance-based permitting to prescriptive legislation.
The US Composting Council wholeheartedly supports Raised Bill 1116, An Act Concerning The Recycling Of Organic Materials By Certain Food Wholesalers, Manufacturers, Supermarkets And Conference Centers.
Email to Composting Council Members and Allies that are in or do business in Connecticut:
HELP IMPROVE FOOD SCRAP SEPARATION AND COLLECTION! Take action NOW!
In 2011 Connecticut legislature enacted PA 11-217 to start pushing source-separated organics from groceries and other major generators towards composting and anaerobic digestion. This new bill was introduced to address several of the shortcomings in that legislation.
We support the overall intent of the package of changes, and suggest improvements to:
- Definition of Food Materials.
- Regulatory placement of food materials and vegetative food scraps.
- End Product Quality
- Defining “Digestate”
- One percent limitation on incoming feedstock contamination
- use of TMECC standards
AB 323 presents a package of policies that will drive the recycling of yard trimmings and food scraps, not only
resulting in a reduction of pollution and greenhouse gases, but also creating jobs and supporting a
burgeoning clean tech industry.