Washington Legislative Update

Washington’s 2023 Legislative session is racing to the finish line.  With less than 6 weeks until the end of the session, many compost and recycling focused bills have faltered, but several significant bills are still in play. The deadline for all bills to pass out of their house of origin was March 8, 2023.  Any […]

Food Waste + Compostables

There’s nothing more comforting than the smell of a 3-hour roast warming first the house as it cooks, then the family table, and then your belly. Food holds one of the most unique placeholders in society; we need it to survive, to thrive; we share it with others in difficult times and moments of celebration; […]

Prerequisites for CMA Certification

By Kari Rolnick CMA strives to be the highest standard in compostable product testing in North America.  When a product attains CMA certification, it has been evaluated from multiple perspectives: 1) Is it a product that is related to food or yard waste? 2) Is there a means of collecting the product for proper disposal? […]

Paper Straw Policy Changes

CMA is committed to finding solutions to contamination in composting through real-world testing and strategies. As part of that strategy, CMA accepts (but does not certify) certain products that may not meet or do not have an applicable ASTM standard. This is part of our Plastic Elimination Strategy. These products include those may not be […]

HB1799

On March 25, 2022, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law HB 17991, a comprehensive organics management bill to reduce methane emissions by supporting programs to divert organic materials from landfills. The bill provides support for edible food capture, access to organics recycling, markets for compost and product labelling to reduce contamination of organics streams. […]

ASTM D34 Sub-Committee Needs Composting, Municipal and Hauling Expertise!

CMA and its network facilities have led the movement to create compostable product field disintegration testing standards since 2017. The genesis of this work was inspired by the leadership of CMA technical advisor, Dr. Kelvin Okamoto, who encouraged CMA to use its extensive experience to lead the efforts within the ASTM International D34 Waste Management […]

Sustainable Holidays

Holiday season is upon us in all its wonder, family tidings, and larger-than-normal consumption habits. It has been estimated that household waste increases over 25% during the holidays. Looking to maximize the joy and minimize your impact? Here are some tips to try out to have a more sustainable and eco-friendlier holiday season.   Get full use out of your foods. Use leftovers for new and creative dishes. Share extras […]

AB1276

Compost Manufacturing Alliance was proud to be one of a broad list of organizations and individuals supporting AB1276 in California.  AB 1276 requires third-party food delivery platforms to list single-use items and provide them only upon request. Some food facilities already ask customers before handing out utensils, straws, and condiments. However, this law will make that a standard practice.   Recently, Governor Newsom signed AB1276 […]

Susan Thoman Writes for Store Brands Viewpoint Blog

A recent Store Brands viewpoint blog features CMA’s Managing Director, Susan Thoman. Read more to gain a better understanding of compostables, certification importance, and steps for retails to have success in acquiring compostable lines.