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Guidelines for organics processing facilities

Guidelines are available to help developers with the planning of a well-designed, purpose-built composting facility.

Environmental Guidelines: Composting and Related Organics Processing Facilities (PDF 347KB): define the environmental issues that affect the management of composting and related organics processing facilities

  • outline the regulatory framework for these facilities
  • identify objectives, design requirements, performance requirements and performance measurements for dealing with each issue
  • identify benchmarks for measuring and monitoring performance
  • outline the types of issues that should be considered when planning composting and related organics processing facilities
  • identify possible environmental management techniques
  • list items to be included in an environmental management plan and in a water assessment plan for composting and related organics processing facilities.

It is important to note that organic materials used for composting or related biological treatment systems vary. Different feedstocks have different nutrient concentrations, moisture, structure and contamination levels (physical, chemical and biological). However, the focus of these guidelines is on the processing facilities, not on the organic materials themselves.

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Compost quality and Australian Standards

Manufacturing of quality compost that meets customer requirements is a necessary part of operating a successful organics recycling facility. A number of voluntary industry standards published by Standards Australia have been produced to provide guidance to manufacturers.

Australian Standards relevant to recycled organics or compost are:

  • Australian Standard AS 4454 (2012). Composts, Soil Conditioners and Mulches
  • Australian Standard AS 3743 (2003). Potting Mixes
  • Australian Standard AS 4419 (2003). Soils for Landscaping and Garden Use
  • Australian Standard AS/NZS 4422 (1996). Playground Surfacing


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Page last updated: 12 October 2016