11-18-16 CLA: Livestock Ag Remains Exempt from Composting Regulations

Livestock Ag Remains Exempt from Composting Regulations

CLA - Colorado Livestock Association logoGreeley, CO – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission voted to adopt the revised Section 14 regarding composting. Colorado livestock operations will remain exempt from this rule as long as they continue to compost only agricultural waste.

Colorado Livestock Association, CDPHE Environmental Ag Program staff members Chad DeVolin and Bonnie Laws, and AGPROfessionals, were active participants in the stakeholder process, which began with the intent of the Division to clarify a complex and occasionally inconsistent rule that left much to be desired for small-quantity composters-those with less than 100 cubic yards in process. The stakeholder group was diverse, including; livestock producers, commercial composters, city and county governments, landfills, community garden representatives and restaurant owners. The collaboration between the Division and the stakeholder group members led to productive discussions that in the end resulted in a rule that is intended to be more clear and intuitive than in the past.

“The Division hopes to see an increase in yard waste composting and composting at community gardens, elementary schools and other small institutions as a result of the new exemptions and revised regulatory structure,” David Snapp, Unit Leader, Solid Waste and Materials Management Program.

The revisions will be effective within 50 days from of the November 15 rulemaking hearing.

For more information on the rule, please contact Jessica Lemmel at the Colorado Livestock Association by phone at (970) 378-0500 or by email at jlemmel@coloradolivestock.org  or visit the Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission website here: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/composting-stakeholder-process

Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) was formed in 1998 through a restructuring of the then 43-year-old Colorado Cattle Feeders Association (CCFA). CLA members are cattle and sheep feeders, cow/calf producers, dairy farmers, swine operations, and industry partners. CLA works on behalf of its members in the regulatory and legislative arenas in Colorado. For more information about CLA visit www.coloradolivestock.org.

Submitted to the BARN by:

Jessica Lemmel, (970) 378-0500, jlemmel@coloradolivestock.org