CMA’s Summary of Survey Results Regarding Mandating Logo Use

CMA recently sent a survey regarding the use of our logo. Many of you were kind enough to answer the survey and many of you went further and provided us with more detailed answers to fully explain your positions. The feedback is appreciated, and we thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. […]

Eco-Conscious Holiday Practices

Today, consumers are considering their environmental footprint at the holidays, and it’s easy to understand why. There are several costs associated with extraneous festivities. The most obvious cost is the one we associate with our own personal spending on things like gifts and cookie ingredients, but there are other costs as well; additional costs (both […]

How Food Lifeline is Prioritizing Equity in Food Hub Initiative – Food Bank News

Food Bank’s Intense Commitment Gives BIPOC Farmers a Lift When Eloise’s Cooking Pot started a program to purchase produce from local BIPOC farmers and producers, it didn’t take long to identify a slew of challenges in those working relationships. While the farms produced food that was unparalleled in quality and rich in cultural relevance, they often struggled […]

CMA Change in Required Documentation for Certification

Since its inception in 2017, the Compost Manufacturing Alliance (CMA) has required documentation that products submitted for CMA certification meet ASTM laboratory standards for compostability.  We have historically allowed other certifications, such as by BPI, DIN Certco and TÜV Austria, in lieu of complete lab reports.  Over time, some of CMA’s interpretations have diverged from […]

BioCycle Nationwide Survey: Full-Scale Food Waste Composting Infrastructure In The U.S.

Nora Goldstein, Paula Luu and Stephanie Motta In winter 2023, BioCycle launched a survey of full-scale food waste composting facilities in the United States. Like in previous reports, BioCycle defines a full-scale facility as a municipal or commercial facility equipped to receive and process organic waste streams arriving by truckload volumes from generators and haulers on a year-round basis. Typically, these […]

LA County Updates Ordinances to Include CMA

On July 3 rd , 2023, Los Angeles County updated their ordinances on acceptable compostable products, including CMA as a new standard for qualifying products. The ordinances can be accessed here under Chapter 12.86 – REDUCTION OF WASTE FROM SINGLE-USE ARTICLES AND EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE RODUCTS. 12.86.010 – DEFINITIONS This is fantastic progress. Yet, ordinances can […]

CMA’s Position on ASTM D6868 and D8410

CMA has the privilege, and the responsibility, to certify compostable products to standards that protect compost manufacturing and, in turn, our environment.  While there are some areas where the best we can do is to mitigate harm, there are other, more advanced areas of the market in whichwe feel that holding products to the highest […]

CMA’s Plastic Elimination Strategy

Addition of Paper Produce Stickers CMA strives to create a lane for innovation while acknowledging practical realities of the state of product development and the market. In this spirit, CMA accepts some compostable products that do not fit the laboratory definition of compostable.  These products are those that composters have traditionally accepted (like paper napkins) […]

Look for the New CMA Logo on More Products

As more of our customers seek to use the CMA certification mark on their products, CMA has updated its logo in response to customer feedback.  The official launch of our new logos is just the beginning of more exciting changes coming in 2023. The new logos are intended to be easier to print and more […]

Why CMA is Seen as a Disruptor

Janet L. Thoman, Compliance Director USCC’s Compost 2023 was full of excellent information, innovation, old friends and new.  But my favorite moment, by far, was A1 Organics’ Bob Yost, upon receiving the Hi Kellogg Award, closing his remarks with, “It is not about you.”  He’s right. It’s not about me.  Or you. Or any individual […]