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The Italian Composting and Biogas Association (C.I.C.) unites public and private companies, local authorities and others involved in the production of compost, as well as organizations which do not make compost but have an interest in the composting process (producers of machinery and equipment, producers of fertilisers, research bodies etc.).

 

Head Office
Piazza San Bernardo, 109 - IT-00187 ROME - Tel +39 06 4740589

Technical Office
Loc. Cascina Sofia - IT-20873 Cavenago Brianza (MB), Italy - tel. +39 02 95019471

 

CIC NEWS


CIC Annual report 2013 PDF Stampa E-mail
Martedì 15 Luglio 2014 08:26

The CIC Annual Report gives a short focus and outlook about current trends regarding separate collection of biowaste, composting and anerobic digestion in Italy.

Data are updated to the 31-12-2011.

 

Authors
Massimo Centemero, Marco Ricci, Dario Dall’Anna, David Newman

Editing of the English version: Marco Ricci

 

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Ultimo aggiornamento Domenica 17 Aprile 2016 23:12
 
Quality Certification Programme PDF Stampa E-mail

Logo Marchio Qualità CICAs in other European countries, Italy has also undertaken a voluntary certification programme for quality compost promoted by the Italian Composting and Biogas Consortium  (CIC).
In 2001 CIC undertook a viability study coordinated by the Technical Committee of CIC. Thereafter a specific Quality Committee was established which drafted a series of rules to regulate the programme. These establish the frequency and types of product analyses required to achieve conformity with the Quality criteria laid down.

The voluntary certification programme for quality compost includes a first stage which certifies the product and following that, the creation of a Quality Assurance System, for both the product and the process.

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By the end of 2014  about 36 composting plants have signed up to the programme and the analysis and sampling programme has been initiated. The samples are analysed by the two laboratories certified in Italy for the European Ecolable Certification for Organic Soil Ammenders and Sub Strata.


Each lot/bag of compost sold by these plants has the right to use the Quality Compost CIC label. By end 2014 the amount of compost certified represents about 490,000 tonnes , equal to 32% of Italy's total compost production.

The product certification scheme is managed by CIC in cooperation with Certiquality which has the role of Certifier. Membership of the Certification scheme is voluntary and the concept of quality is based upon "acceptable risk". The standards aaplied in the Rules of CIC's product certification scheme are a useful instrument both for the producer of quality compost products as a way of monitoring the quality standards achieved; and for the consumer who can verify the quality of the compost used.

Rules for the Compost Certification by CIC are available online: download document here (in Italian)

 

 

 

Key data about separate collection and compost production in Italy: year 2013/2014 (see attachment)

 

 

 

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Legislation PDF Stampa E-mail
Giovedì 20 Aprile 2006 17:51

EUROPEAN NORMS

The regulations regarding the production and use of compost is the task of the different Member States of the European Union, as no directives have been issued to regulate the quality of compost and to standardise national norms.

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THE USE OF COMPOST PDF Stampa E-mail
Giovedì 20 Aprile 2006 17:47

The compost obtained from organic waste which is separated at source is an excellent fertiliser which is used as a soil-improver in the production of vegetables, fruit, flowers, large-scale cultivation and landscaping.
The list of CIC members shows you where to buy compost (green compost and mixed compost).

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THE COMPOSTING PROCESS PDF Stampa E-mail
Giovedì 20 Aprile 2006 17:44

The process of composting is a technique in which the natural process every organic substance undergoes through the action of microbes is controlled, accelerated and improved.
It is an "aerobic process of biological decomposition of organic substances which occurs under controlled conditions, allowing us to obtain a biologically stable product in which the organic component presents a high degree of evolution" (Keener et al., 1993). Rich in humus, in active microbial flora and in micro-elements, compost is suitable for many agricultural uses, from greenhouse plants to open field cultivation.

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