Compost Regulations: Overview of the Status in the United States

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Author: Ron Alexander1
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  • 1 E&A Environmental Consultants, Inc., 1130 Kildaire Farm Rd., Suite 200, Cary, NC 27511-4561

State and federal regulations relevant to compost marketing and end use can greatly affect the success of a compost distribution and marketing program. Typically, regulations are feedstock-specific and they vary from state to state. They address health, safety, and environmental issues, as well as other concerns of the general public and professional end users. This presentation reviews regulatory approaches adopted by states that are leaders in compost production. It provides insight as to regulatory trends and discusses how they have affected market development to date. Suggestions regarding the improvement or modification of environmental regulations and USDA Acts are also provided.

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