The Compost producers have communicated again, they responded to my last, somewhat firm e-mail. Seems that because I mentioned Manure Contamination, there is no Manure in the product so I can be ignored. Do not ignore me please.
That is not I want, I want them and me to know what has caused the problem and therefore learn avoidance. So no Manure no Agricultural Grass or Straw products but there must be something. Well yes Composted Green Waste from a Recycling Centre Produced to PAS100. PUBLIC WASTE now that is frightening.
I checked DEFRA PAS100 (wrap) recycling.
Poor dears they are confused the following excerpt from their information uses Organic Eco and Compost in the same section.
Organics – Capital support Programme
In order to increase the UK’s annual composting
capacity by 300,000 tonnes by 2006, WRAP is
implementing capital support programmes in
England and Scotland. Funding covers: the
development of new composting facilities, the
improvement of existing facilities and/or facilities
for the manufacture of added value products using
compost such as growing media and topsoil.
The first project is underway with Eco-Composting
Ltd for the construction of an in-vessel composting
Yes the material Organic it is, as opposed to Mineral. Ecological to Compost it is, as opposed to Incineration or Land Fill but what is produced is not Organic Compost. This information is downright misleading. The folk at the County Council who get the EU grant to do it may well think it is Organic.
I know that 'my county council' compost is on sale at recycling centres. There is no way I would touch the stuff. All the Hormone treated grass cuttings go in there in addition to diseased garden material. All the nasty stuff you would not feel safe to put on your compost heap goes there. My contaminated Tomato plants in contaminated compost went off there the other day so continuing the cycle of contamination.
The last time our County Council fools tried this one it was Treated Sewage Waste that had to be quickly withdrawn due to high levels of Toxic Chromium.
Here is the Photograph that accompanies the DEFRA Green Recycling information above.
Carefully controlled ingredients?
So the argument goes Aminopyalids are not for domestic use and are not authorised for use on domestic or Public Grassland so they will not be in the mix. Oh yes, more than once I have been offered Weed Killer in Bulk that is "what the Farmers use, much stronger than you can buy". A label on the bag does not control the use.
Another photograph from the information shows a close up some of the plant material certainly some Dead, Poisoned, Diseased who knows.
I know two diseases that are rife at this time, Greed and Stupidity.
At the Composting Association's annual event earlier this month, Martin Brocklehurst, head of waste strategy at the Agency,.............
said: "My colleagues and I cannot guarantee the level of contaminants, such as metals, are safe in PAS 100 material – it is only a marketing label, we need a protocol for organics."
Cantelo Nurseries: Cantelo Nurseries is a family-run nursery based in Somerset. In 1998, it allocated 2.8 hectares of its glasshouse output to organic produce, starting with tomatoes and gradually moving into growing organic peppers and cucumbers for two large supermarket chains in the UK. The nursery uses up to 100 metric tons of BSI PAS 100 compost per hectare to improve soil health and increase yields. The compost also meets the Soil Association and Assured Produce standard for organic produce.
That is the Soil Association gone down in my estimation.