Posted: 30 January, 2017. Written by REA News
It’s “good news for soils” as the summary of results of two studies released by WRAP in mid-January indicate that both compost and digestate, when certified under the Biofertiliser or Compost Certification Schemes, are safe to use in agriculture. In both cases a wide range of hazards were considered and risks from compost and digestate use were considered to be low or negligible in all scenarios examined.
The conclusions from the research underpin WRAP’s good practice guide and renewable fertiliser matrix which can support farmers, growers and advisers as they plan applications of compost and digestate.
The Compost and Biofertiliser Certification schemes provide reassurance to users that compost and digestate are safe, reliable and of consistent quality and enable producers to become certified to PAS100 and PAS110 and quality protocols respectively.
Jeremy Jacobs, Head of the Organics Recycling Group at the Renewable Energy Association said:
“This is a landmark study and it confirms what we have come to know through experience, that compost and digestate are safe to handle and apply, assuming that standard good practice is adhered to. This is good news for soils in the UK.
“Compost and digestate are core products in the circular economy and increasing their use can help improve soil health and reduce reliance on unsustainable fossil-fuel based fertilisers. The demand for these products can help support the expansion of responsible recycling practices, such as separate food waste collections. We certainly welcome these reports as a step forward for the circular economy.”
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