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CCS joins in the celebration of International Compost Awareness Week 2024

Posted: 6 May, 2024. Written by REAL

The Compost Certification Scheme (CCS) embraces the clarion call to reduce waste to landfill and minimise environmental impact. This call is even stronger with the marking of International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), which is celebrated annually to raise awareness about the environmental and economic benefits of composting. The goal of this initiative is to raise awareness about the importance of composting organic waste and using compost to improve soil health. The theme this year is ‘COMPOST… Nature’s Climate Champion!’

What is composting and why is it important? Composting is a process whereby organic waste is recycled through controlled decomposition (on a domestic or industrial scale), contributing to soil health and circularity. This results in compost, a nutrient-rich, soil-like material that can be used in agriculture, land restoration, forestry, and horticulture.

Composting is important because it reduces large volumes of organic waste going to landfill and it aligns with several UN Sustainable Development Goals. Further, it reduces the reliance on chemical fertilisers which can negatively impact soil fertility as well as pollute groundwaters and reduce soil biodiversity. Ultimately, composting contributes to the development of the circular economy.

Georgia Phetmanh, Head of the Organic Material Certification Schemes, in commenting on the ICAW said:

“CCS is very happy to be a part of the celebrations for International Compost Awareness Week 2024. This initiative provides us with an opportunity to promote the value of composting and the need for it to be harnessed at domestic and commercial levels. CCS will continue working with the certification bodies to ensure that compost meets strict quality standards. We join with CREF through ICAW in encouraging others to embrace composting and its many benefits.”       

ICAW is held from May 6 to 10 and provides an excellent opportunity to advance composting and by extension the circular economy.

You may get more information on ICAW here.