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Yorwaste welcomes the publication of two studies confirming that the risks from using certified compost and digestates in agriculture are ‘acceptably low or negligible’.
The reports – entitled ‘Compost quality and safety for agriculture’ and ‘Digestate quality and safety for agriculture’ – were issued earlier this month by resource efficiency charity WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme).
Drawing on a number of projects commissioned by WRAP since 2008 to explore the safety of using PAS 100 composts and PAS 110 digestates as renewable fertilisers, the studies conclude that the risks of using these materials are ‘ low or negligible in all scenarios examined’.
This is good news for Yorwaste, which produces a PAS100 product known as Yorganics.
The WRAP reports summarise the findings of several projects commissioned to investigate the safety of composts and digestates meeting the PAS 100 and PAS 110 quality specifications, when used in agriculture and field horticulture.
A wide range of hazards were considered – including microbiological, chemical and physical – and risks were considered to be minimal when compared to other non-waste derived fertilisers.
It is hoped the findings will help to counter concerns over the quality, safety and usability of compost and digestates derived from waste which have proven agronomic value.