Compost organizations join together to launch International Compost Alliance

Compost organizations join together to launch International Compost Alliance

The alliance looks to offer positive solutions for climate change mitigation, soil health and food security.

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December 7, 2021

Compost organizations from around the world have announced the establishment of the International Compost Alliance (ICA), a voluntary partnership to advance awareness and understanding of the benefits and use of compost on a global scale.

According to a news release, the alliance “looks to offer positive solutions for climate change mitigation, soil health and food security, building on years of working collaboration between organics recycling organizations.” By pooling expertise and knowledge, the ICA seeks to maximize the recycling of organic wastes and advance the manufacturing of certified, high-quality compost.

Despite organics recycling being an affordable and proven solution to the climate mitigation and methane emission reduction goals, the ICA says it remains an underused and undervalued technology.

To combat this, the alliance plans to showcase the importance of compost and its multiple benefits. These include enhancing soil health, improving crop productivity and nutritional value, improving water quality and supporting biodiversity protection and natural resources preservation. There will also be a focus on collaboration and joint initiatives with the potential for international research.

The founding members of this global alliance include The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA); The Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA); Compost Council of Canada (CCC); European Compost Network (ECN); International Solid Waste Association (ISWA); CRÉ – Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Association of Ireland; WasteMINZ (Waste Management Institute of New Zealand); and The United States Composting Council (USCC). Membership is open to any membership-based organization which aligns with the alliance’s vision and mission of advancing organics recycling and producing high-quality compost and digestate products.

In a statement, the ICA says: “Compost is a win-win solution to climate change–not only does recycling organic wastes reduce emissions, [but] compost also brings many benefits when used on soils too. This is why we have joined forces to work together to maximize the recycling of organic wastes and advance the manufacturing of certified, high-quality composts to benefit the environment, society and our members.

“We hope the International Compost Alliance helps usher in a new era of global collaboration on this issue, to ensure that compost and its role in soil health and food security, is central to the efforts in tackling climate change.”