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 […]

CMA Certification Update

Material & Component Certification Author: Kari Rolnick An update to CMA’s certification program is now live. CMA has introduced a track for materials andcomponents to now be eligible for acceptance and certification alongside their finished product peers.Historically, CMA has only certified finished products related to food service or yard waste applications.As product design evolves, packaging has […]

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 […]

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 […]

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? […]

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. […]

A Compost Manufacturer’s Compostable Products Wish List

By Susan Thoman CMA has been working with supply chain leaders and North America’s top compost manufacturers to engage in a collaborative and streamlined system of continuous systems improvement in the compostables space. One area of concern for compost manufacturing and hauling industry experts are the product categories that compost manufacturers currently don’t want to […]