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New ACR+ report: "Management options for 6 composting strategies"

ACR+ is pleased to announce the publication of its latest report: "Management options for 6 composting strategies".

Bio-waste has so far been managed by very different policies in each country, ranging from little to no action in some to very ambitious actions in others. Existing legislative instruments at regional/ national level, if existing at all, have not yet reached the intended objectives.

This report aims to highlight the different possible composting strategies that can be considered by local authorities and other public/private stakeholders dealing with bio-waste.


The information is presented in an easy, accessible way and is meant to provide best available bio-waste composting strategies. This publication is of particular interest for those countries that are still heavily reliant on landfilling of bio-waste.

Not all the composting strategies described in this report have been developed in the same way or with the same intensity. This report therefore does not reflect the current bio-waste management situation in the EU but rather the possible decentralised and centralised options of treating bio-waste. There is no single best strategy and most probably a mixture of different composting strategies may be adopted by decision makers at the local and/or regional level.

It is important, in accordance with the waste hierarchy, and for the purpose of reduction of greenhouse gas emissions originating from waste disposal in landfills, to facilitate the separate collection and proper treatment of bio-waste in order to produce environmentally safe compost and other bio-waste-based materials. Therefore it should be encouraged to practice the separate collection of bio-waste to ensure its treatment in a way that fulfils a high level of environmental protection and to make use of environmentally safe materials produced from bio-waste. Setting minimum requirements for bio-waste management and quality criteria for compost from bio-waste are important in order to guarantee a high level of protection for human health and the environment.

This report does not consider anaerobic digestion and the bio-waste prevention measures focus only home & community composting. Anaerobic digestion and other bio-waste prevention measures, such as closed loop gardening techniques, food waste avoidance, food waste donations, animal feeding, etc. will be described in upcoming technical reports in 2014 and 2015.

The report is available for members only. Download the report

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