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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/LocationTest No.LocationTypeProcess DaysSamples DuePlacementResults
St. Louis Composting SLC07 Belleville, IL Windrow 90 09/24/19 10/24/19 02/18/20
WeCare - Staten Island WCSI05 Staten Island, NY Windrow 90 11/01/19 12/06/19 03/25/20
Olympic Organics - Kingston WA OLY11 Kingston, WA Mechanical ASP 57 11/06/19 12/06/19 02/21/20
Cedar Grove - Everett, WA CG86 Everett, WA Covered In-vessel 60 11/23/19 12/28/19 03/02/20
St. Louis Composting SLC08 Belleville, IL Windrow 90 01/08/20 02/04/20 05/24/20
Olympic Organics - Kingston WA OLY12 Kingston, WA Mechanical ASP 57 01/09/20 02/05/20 04/22/20
WeCare - Staten Island WCSI06 Staten Island, NY Windrow 90 02/07/20 03/11/20 06/29/20
St. Louis Composting SLC09 Belleville, IL Windrow 90 04/10/20 05/10/20 08/28/20
Cedar Grove - Everett, WA CG87 Everett, WA Covered In-vessel 60 01/30/20 02/17/20 05/07/20
WeCare - Staten Island WCSI06 Staten Island, NY Windrow 90 05/15/20 06/15/20 10/03/20
Walker Industries-Canada
Cedar Grove- Everett, WA
WI01
CG88
Ontario, CAN
Everett, WA
Covered In-vessel 60 05/15/20 06/15/20 09/03/20
St. Louis Composting SLC10 Belleville, IL Windrow 90 07/15/20 08/14/20 12/02/20
Cedar Grove - Everett, WA CG89 Everett, WA Covered In-vessel 60 08/20/20 09/19/20 12/08/20

 

Compostability Testing

How To Submit Samples for Testing

Compostability Testing Submission Guidelines:

  • Complete the CMA Compostability Profile (Updated 23/9/19 with fillable fields and fluorine questionnaire). 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 customerservice@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 customerservice@composterapproved.com

Compost Manufacturing Alliance, LLC
2501 SE Mile Hill Drive, Suite A-104
Port Orchard, WA 98366
206-771-3853

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

Required Documentation

UPDATED POLICY Regarding Fluorinated Chemicals in CMA Submittals

Update: For new clients, you no longer need to submit a separate form. The addendum has been integrated into the compostability profile, located here.

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: $4750 for up to 10 items. Each additional item will be charged $350. (A discount of $50/item will be deducted for each item where a current BPI certification is submitted with samples.)

Required Documentation: Products must meet ASTM D6400 and lab reports supplied to verify.

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: $1750 for up to 3 bags. Each additional bag <10 gallon, $350>10 gallon, $575 each.

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: $4950 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 inks, treatments, coatings and available certifications and/or FDA documentation for food contact must be provided. Field testing may be required based upon sample and documentation review.

Notes: Substrate review and/or field testing.

Cost: Up to 3 items, $125 each. ($375 minimum). Each additional item, <20 items, $100 / item. Each additional item, >20 items, $75 / item.

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: $4950 for up to 5 items/$895 each additional.

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

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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