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Livestock operations remains exempt from composting regs

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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 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.

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: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/composting-stakeholder-process.

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