Performance-Based Composting Permit Regulations

Performance-based compost regulations describe standards to be met without imposing restrictions on the exact way to meet those standards. Several states in the Pacific Northwest (such as Washington and Oregon), as well as Ohio in the Midwest have implemented performance-based standards, thereby acknowledging that no one regulatory model is best for every facility. These rules foster innovation and take into account the distinct characteristics of one composting site versus another, such as local climate and soil type.

California – Composting Rules

California's regulations are written to encourage the production of high quality compost. Most composting operations are required to apply for a permit; however there are exemptions for some types of operations.  For example, facilities that have less than 500 cubic yards of compost on-site, of which less than 10 percent is food scraps, are exempt from the requirement to obtain a permit.… Read More

Ohio – Composting Rules

In the Midwest, Ohio’s composting regulations are a great model for the region and other parts of the country. Officials have designed rules to suit various land uses (i.e. rural, suburban, urban) and made special effort to adapt to contemporary community needs via permit exemptions. … Read More

Oregon – Composting Rules

Oregon's composting regulations aim to facilitate composting while preventing public nuisance issues and any adverse environmental consequences from materials mismanagement. Oregon revised its composting regulations in 2009, as a means to both facilitate greater amounts of composting, as well as ensure new and existing facilities performed at the same level of quality standards.… Read More

Washington – Composting Rules

Washington has comprehensive composting regulations that facilitate composting by conditionally exempting several types of composting facilities – including those that process limited amounts of food scraps – from the requirement to obtain a permit. Washington also aims to protect the environment and human health by requiring composters to test for pathogens and adhere to specific performance-based standards.… Read More