Compost environmental protection standards in Canada

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper was to summarize and compare Canadian environmental protection standards for compost. The paper describes the national and provincial organizations responsible for compost quality control in Canada. Discussions were organized under the key environmental protection criteria: maturity, trace elements, time–temperature requirements, pathogens (indicator organisms), foreign matter, and trace organics. A total of six organizations (three across Canada and three provincial) currently have distinct standards. Recent efforts to harmonize the standards have reduced the disparity between the various organizations.

Le but de cet article est de résumer et de comparer les normes de protection environnementales canadiennes concernant le compost. Il décrit les organisations nationales et provinciales responsables du contrôle de la qualité des composts au Canada. Des discussions ont été organisées concernant les critères clés de protection environnementale: maturité, oligoéléments, exigences temps-température, agents pathogènes (organismes indicateurs), corps étrangers et substances organiques à l'état de traces. Un total de six organisations (trois canadiennes et trois provinciales) possèdent des normes distinctes. Les efforts récents d'harmonisation des normes ont réduit la disparité entre les diverses organisations.

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