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Field test: to test a device or product under various conditions of actual use.

To accomplish higher food waste diversion and minimize contamination in urban feed stocks, CMA and its affiliated members offer a program of technical review and field testing of compostable products to determine their feasibility as a feed stock when shipped to fully permitted industrial composting facilities.

As cities, businesses and residents strive for zero waste, the use of compostable food service ware is increasing.

 

To accomplish higher food waste diversion and minimize contamination in urban feed stocks, CMA and its affiliated members offer a program of technical review and field testing of compostable products to determine their feasibility as a feed stock when shipped to fully permitted industrial composting facilities.
The Compost Manufacturing Alliance (CMA) works to support these programs while maintaining a high standard of compost quality across 20 processing facilities and multiple technologies throughout the U.S.

Compostability Field Testing, Substrate Review and Product Development Services

The Compost Manufacturing Alliance (CMA) Field Testing Program

General Requirements for CMA Testing and Substrate Review

To submit items for CMA testing or substrate review, please note: You must be the manufacturer (or an authorized agent for the manufacturer).  Items must be related to food service or yard waste collection.  All guidelines provided for the various categories described (see following sections) must be followed.

Current Testing Schedule By Process

Facility Test # Location Process Duration Samples Due (tentative) Placement Results
New Earth | San Antonio NEW04 San Antonio, TX Turned ASP 90 Days 2/20/2019 3/16/2019 8/1/2019
Olympic Organics OLY08 Kingston, WA Mechanical ASP 47 Days 2/20/2019 3/10/2019 7/1/2019
Cedar Grove EV82 Everett, WA Covered in-vessel ASP 50-60 Days 2/15/2019 3/8/2019 6/1/2019
WeCare | Staten Island WCSI03 Staten Island, NY Windrow 90 days 2/20/2019 3/15/2019 8/1/2019
St. Louis Composting SLC05 Belleville, IL Windrow 90 Days 3/20/2019 4/15/2019 9/1/2019
WeCare | City of Phoenix WCPH01 Mass Bed Phoenix, AZ 50 Days 2/15/2019 3/7/2019 7/1/2019
WeCare | Rockland County WCHB01 Rockland County, NY Tunnel 45-55 Days 2/15/2019 3/14/2019 6/1/2019
Compostability Testing

How To Submit Samples for Testing

Compostability Testing Submission Guidelines:

  • Complete the CMA Compostability Profile: Acknowledge each section, sign, and list each individual product on page two (or an attachment). Include a unique identification number or reference for each line item. Send the completed profile electronically (with all required paperwork and 100% product constituency description for each item) to testing@composterapproved.com.
  • Ship three to five samples for each line item listed, and label at least one of each item with the identifier from the profile so it can be matched.
  • Include signed profile copy and all related paperwork with samples.
  • Protocol to submit on behalf of a product manufacturer:
    To avoid repeated testing of the same products, and to ensure the accuracy of the information submitted, we require that only the product manufacturer completes the profile form. If a private label company or manufacturing representative would like to submit information for testing of products, the submission must be accompanied with a letter from the manufacturer stating that the information provided on the profile form is true and correct and gives authorization for all testing information to be provided to the authorized agent representing them.
  • Use of any facility’s logo, or the CMA logo, is prohibited without consent and agreement!
    The testing of an item or its acceptance does NOT authorize ANY use of any of Compostable Manufacturing Alliance, Cedar Grove, or any facility member’s logo trademark, trade names, letterhead or company name on products, web sites, educational pieces,   inner or outer packaging of any products, or on marketing materials related to such items.  Any such uses can be authorized, at our discretion, and only in pursuant to a formal written agreement through the Compost Manufacturing Alliance.  To learn more about logo use, please write to info@composterapproved.com

Compost Manufacturing Alliance
c/o Susan Thoman
1771 Vista Rama Dr. E.
Port Orchard, WA 98366
360-329-4281

Compost Manufacturing Alliance
P.O. Box 1063
Port Orchard, WA 98366

Required Documentation

UPDATED POLICY Regarding Fluorinated Chemicals in CMA Submittals

Effective January 1, 2019,  any new submittals or items submitted for recertification must be accompanied by this profile addendum  (Form Here) with the qualifying documentation as requested.

Effective January 1, 2020, CMA facilities will not accept products for field testing or substrate review that contain > 100 ppm total fluorine.

Required Documentation:

Category A: Items must meet ASTM D6400 or EN 13432 standards  for bioplastics, co-polymers, PLA coated paperboard and paper, and other similar items.

Category B: Items that meet ASTM D6868  requirements  for plastics used as coatings on compostable substrates and fibrous materials.

Note that ASTM lab results must include:

Heavy metals analysis, spectral analysis, phytoxicity, and biodegradation.

Other Notes: Testing of multiple products of varying sizes to represent a full line are considered on a case by case basis only.

Cost: $3750 for up to 10 items. Each additional item will be charged $350.

Required Documentation: BPI certification OR ASTM D6400 and/or EN13432 passing results

Notes: You may submit smallest to largest size, along with lowest and highest mil thickness to cover all sizes and thicknesses in your product line.

Cost: $1125 for up to 3 bags. Each additional, $350.

Required Documentation: BPI certification OR ASTM D6400 and/or EN13432 passing results

Notes: You may submit smallest to largest size, along with lowest and highest mil thickness to cover all sizes and thicknesses in your product line.

Cost: $1125 for up to 3 bags. Each additional, $350.

Required Documentation: Products in process of receiving BPI certification and/or completing ASTM or ISO 16929 testing.

Notes: Testing of multiple products of varying sizes for full line consideration are offered on a case by case basis only.

Cost: $4750 for up to 5 items/$895 each additional.

Profile results will be provided, but acceptance letters are only provided after other certifications are met.

Required Documentation: All information must be provided on coatings, inks, varnishes, treatments, and substrates.

Notes: Substrate review and/or field testing.

Cost: $150 minimum. Costs will be quoted upon review of profile submission.

Required Documentation: Research testing is designed to test a variety of products or prototypes that may have slight differences in composition.  You can run up to five different substrates, components or specific items and product prototypes per testing batch.

Service Includes: Field testing, detailed written report with information on the variable and comparative breakdown of each “recipe”/prototype sample, one hour debrief.

Note: This test can also be done as a preliminary ASTM disintegration test.

Cost:

Note- All testing fees must be paid at time of sample submission.

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Compostability Testing

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Note that CMA only offers testing in aerobic compost manufacturing facilities.  Anaerobic digestion is a distinctively different and separate technology than composting, and CMA does not offer testing in these types of units.

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