I.S. 441 specifies quality requirements for compost produced from source segregated, separately collected, biodegradable materials including biodegradable municipal waste.
During 2009, NSAI received a request from the Market Development Group (DOE initiative) to develop a national standard for compost quality to enable compost producers market and sell their products throughout Europe.
The development of a national compost quality standard is seen as necessary to help create and stimulate markets for compost-based products and will contribute to the reduction of biodegradable wastes going to landfill.
Additionally, such a standard is seen as supporting the long-term growth of the industry and ensuring product satisfaction to maintain consumer confidence.
This standard is available to purchase online: NSAI sales or
Tel: + 353 1 857 6730
Further information on the development of this standard and other standards can be obtained on the Standards Development section of the NSAI website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The following organisations participated in the development of this Irish Standard:
- Bord na Mona;
- Cré – Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Association of Ireland;
- Compost Research and Advisory;
- Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food;
- Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government;
- Enrich Environmental Ltd.;
- Environmental Protection Agency;
- Fingal County Council;
- Kilmainhamwood Compost;
- National Standards Authority of Ireland;
- Teagasc; and
- University College Dublin, School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine.
Source: envirocentre.ie – Irish Standard 441:2011 National Standard for Compost Quality Published