New simpler rules as Compost Certification Scheme is relaunched


The rules used to meet the criteria of the Compost Certification Scheme (CCS) have been simplified as part of a relaunch.

Rules that previously covered 70 pages have now been condensed down to just 30 pages plus technical annexes.


The CCS ensures the safety and quality of compost made from source separated organic waste, such as food waste and green waste, in line with the criteria set out in the PAS 100 specification and the Compost Quality Protocol.

It is now managed by Renewable Energy Association (REA) subsidiary Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd (REAL) following the integration of previous managers the Association for Organics Recycling (AfOR) into REA.

A new website ( has been launched by REAL to make it easier for producers to find the information they need to gain and maintain certification under CCS and also to enable farmers and growers to find local certified compost.

REAL chief executive Virginia Graham said: “Having taken on the certification from AfOR, we are stronger than ever when it comes to certifying the products of organics recycling.

“We hope the CCS members and their customers find the new website and updated scheme rules easier to use and we welcome any feedback.

“We are fully committed to growing the markets for recycled products made from organic materials that would otherwise have been landfilled.”