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Compost

Standard CAN/BNQ 0413-200
Organic Soil Conditioners — Composts

The use of compost as a soil conditioner is an excellent fertilization method that is inexpensive and effective. However, manufacturers must ensure that compost is safe for human health and the environment. To that end, the BNQ developed the CAN/BNQ 0413-200 standard, for compost manufacturers. This national standard describes the physical, chemical and microbiologic properties of composts and specifies the appropriate sampling and analysis methods for evaluating these properties. The standard also deals with compost marking and labelling, and associated notices and warnings. It applies to composts from various sources that are used as organic soil conditioners, sold or distributed in bags or in bulk. The standard sets out requirements regarding the following areas:

  • physical and chemical properties (moisture content, total organic matter content, foreign matter content and level of trace elements);
  • microbiologic properties (fecal coliforms and salmonella levels);
  • maturity and stability.

  • Download standard
    8183 FRN CAN/BNQ 0413-200 Amendements organiques - Composts
    Cette nouvelle édition remplace celle du 21 mai 2005.
    REVISION IN PROGRESS (expected date for the new edition: December 2025)
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    0413-200 0413-200:PDF PDF French 2016-02-29 4 38 119 $
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    0413-200 0413-200R:PDF Network PDF License (5 users) French 2016-02-29 4 38 357 $
    8184 ANG CAN/BNQ 0413-200 Organic Soil Conditioners - Composts
    This new edition supersedes the edition dated May 21, 2005.
    REVISION IN PROGRESS (expected date for the new edition: Undetermined)
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    0413-200 0413-200A:PDF PDF English 2016-02-29 4 37 119 $
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    0413-200 0413-200AR:PDF Network PDF License (5 users) English 2016-02-29 4 37 357 $

  • Standards committee members
    Number of committee members : 14
    Mr. Lord AbbeyDalhousie University
    Ms. Susan AntlerConseil canadien du compost (CCC)
    Mr. Daniel BourqueBiogénie, Division de Englobe Corp.
    Ms. Pascale CantinMinistère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ)
    Mr. Andrew DruryAll Treat Farms Limited
    Mr. Daniel EkouallaMinistère de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MELCC) - Direction des matières résiduelles
    Ms. Françoise ForcierSolinov
    Mr. Thomas ForgeAgriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
    Mr. Martin HérouxVille de Montréal Service de l'environnement
    Mr. Ian McLachlinA&L Canada Laboratories Inc.
    Mr. Karel MénardFront commun québécois pour une gestion écologique des déchets (FCQGED)
    Mr. Denis PotvinInstitut de recherche et de développement en agroenvironnement (IRDA)
    Ms. Sophie TailleferRecyc-Québec
    Mr. Allan YeeCity of Edmonton

 

Certification Offer

Certification is the best guarantee for compost buyers. Manufacturers can have their products recognized as meeting the requirements of the BNQ certification program. The program is based on four documents, including the certification protocol BNQ 0413-205, which specifies the program’s certification requirements and rules of procedure. To obtain certification, manufacturers must, among other things, demonstrate to the BNQ that their composts comply with the requirements of the standard CAN/BNQ 0413-200, and are free of matter that may cause harm or injury, either during or after use, to humans, animals or plants.

This certification program is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada.

  • Download document required for certification
    8175 FRN BNQ 0413-205 Amendements organiques - Composts - Protocole de certification
    Cette nouvelle édition remplace celle du 26 octobre 2007.
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    0413-205 0413-205:PDF PDF French 2016-06-22 3 17 83 $
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    0413-205 0413-205R:PDF Network PDF License (5 users) French 2016-06-22 3 17 249 $
    8176 ANG BNQ 0413-205 Organic Soil Conditioners - Composts - Certification Protocol
    This new edition supersedes the edition dated October 26, 2007.
    Version Language Publication date Edition Updated on No. of pages Price
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    0413-205 0413-205A:PDF PDF English 2016-06-22 3 17 83 $
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    0413-205 0413-205AR:PDF Network PDF License (5 users) English 2016-06-22 3 17 249 $

  • Certified businesses
    Total number :3
    1 Chaudière-Appalaches ENGLOBE ENVIRONNEMENT INC.
    1 Estrie ENGLOBE ENVIRONNEMENT INC.
    1 Laurentides ENGLOBE ENVIRONNEMENT INC.
  • Contact

    Martine Ébacher, agr.
    Program Leader
    Bureau de normalisation du Québec
    Cell.: 418-808-5452
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