Compost Procurement Policies

Date: 1 Jun 2016 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Government agencies, business, and institutions are developing environmental procurement guidelines and policies that require the purchase of compost to enhance their construction and/or landscaping operations. In addition, more and more of these entities are specifying that the compost be purchased locally, which minimizes transportation impacts, creates demand in the local market for a sustainable compost product, and helps “close the loop” by turning waste into a recycled, value-added product (especially by potentially returning it to the same individuals that generated the original material).

Duke University – Compost Procurement

As part of fulfilling sustainability goals for campus landscaping, Duke University has included the purchase of compost in its guidelines for it university procurement office, thus creating an end-use market for local producers of compost.… Read More

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NYSDOT – Compost Procurement

By requiring the use of compost in construction and landscape projects, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is becoming a model for public agencies seeking to improve their environmental stewardship. Governmental agencies throughout the United States can look toward NYSDOT to see how the public sector is adapting its procurement policies to take...

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King County, Washington – Compost Procurement

Surveying the local level of US politics, one finds that King County, Washington, has one of the best environmental product procurement programs in the country. King County Code (KCC) § 10.14.050, mandates public agencies to purchase sustainable products and implement environmental strategies that meet specific stringent standards. The King County Environmental Purchasing Policy (EPP) was first implemented...

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