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).
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
King County, Washington, has long been recognized as a leader in environmental product procurement 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.… Read More
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...