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Enrich is First Green Compost Producer to Receive SI 441 Quality Standard

 

Enrich Environmental Ltd the first to receive the new Compost Quality Standard SI 441 for there peat-free composts. It was a great honor to receive it from Minister Phil Hogan on the 17th October. Enrich have long being known for there quality products over the years, this new Quality Standard for Compost has given our customers the reassurance that the products can be relied upon as they were produced to the highest standards. When planting conditions are difficult due to the poor weather of late, people need to give the plant the best start. Using quality compost will create ideal soil conditions for planting but also guarantee the fast establishment and a healthier plant. Healthy Soil = Healthy Plant = Healthy People

Mr. Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government awarded certificates to four composting facilities from around Ireland to be accredited under the country's first ever Compost Quality Assurance Scheme CQAS 441 and compost quality mark, which encompasses the Irish Standard for compost quality (I.S. 441).

Each of the facilities certified today creates quality compost from garden and/or food waste collected in Ireland.

Presenting CQAS 441 certificates today Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, Mr Phil Hogan, T.D., said "The New National Waste Policy, A Resource Opportunity, published in July, clearly points to where I want to see the sector develop. My priority is to see the maximum resource derived from what is currently seen as waste. I want to see the maximum value extracted in Ireland in terms of value and of jobs. The compost sector is an example of a successful indigenous industry that has the potential to grow even further when we roll out brown bins to the majority of homes to collect garden and food waste over the next four years."

The Minister added "My new waste policy, and proposed household food waste regulations emphasise the need for Ireland to use waste as a resource and CQAS 441 encourages producers to divert bio-waste knowing that it will be used to manufacture quality compost. I have made my commitment to the move from landfill to productive uses for waste resources clear from the very start. The twin track approach of developing a national standard for compost as well as a quality assurance scheme shows the type of sophisticated approaches that were required and which thankfully we have embraced to successfully deal with tackling the levels of biowaste."

The CQAS 441Compost Quality Assurance Mark has been developed for use only by production sites that have reached this standard and are certified.

The four facilities certified today primarily supply high quality compost to the commercial horticulture, landscaping and agriculture sectors. More facilities will be certified to produce quality assured compost that will be packaged in smaller quantities for sale to householders and the retail sector.

"I encourage all composting operators in the private and the public sector to be compliant with the I.S. 441 and to get their facility up to standard to allow it to achieve CQAS 441 certification – it makes good business sense and is good for the environment too," said Minister Hogan.

Certified Facilities

The following facilities were presented with CQAS 441 Composting Quality Assurance Scheme Certificates today:

1. Enrich from Kilcock, Co. Meath

2. Bord na Móna, Kilberry, Co. Kildare

3. Cremins Farm Compost Ltd, Charleville, Co. Limerick

4. Limerick County Council.

The composting industry called for the need for third party certification of processes and products in composting facilities in order to bring the industry into line with European best practice and to help increase competitiveness.

A certified facility must implement prescribed procedures thereby requiring more manpower and creating jobs in order to produce a higher quality end product. This work is supported by additional revenue from quality compost sales.

CQAS 441 is audited and managed by Certification Europe under the rx3 programme to develop markets for recyclable materials here in Ireland, funded by the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government.