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  • AS 4454-2003

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    Composts, soil conditioners and mulches

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    Superseded date:  23-06-2021

    Language(s):  English

    Published date:  01-01-2003

    Publisher:  Standards Australia

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    Specifies requirements for composts, soil conditioners and mulches. This edition includes requirements for vermicast. It specifies minimum requirements to be met prior to labelling a product as a composted or pasteurized product. It also specifies physical and chemical requirements and documentation which includes information to be supplied to the consumer and health warnings. Guidance is given on best practice for composting and vermicast systems designed to produce a quality product achieved by following an approved process.

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    This Standard applies to organic products and mixtures of organic products that are to be used to amend the physical and chemical properties of natural or artificial soils and growing media. It specifies physical, chemical, biological and labelling requirements for composts, mulches, soil conditioners and related products that have been derived largely from compostable organic materials and which meet the minimum requirements as set out in this Standard. It covers materials marketed or distributed both in bags and in bulk. This Standard applies to organic products and mixtures of organic products that have been treated by pasteurizing or composting procedures as defined by this Standard. This Standard does not apply to home composting end products for self-use, nor does it apply to organic fertilizers such as blood and bone. Also excluded are liquid organic wastes, liquid seaweed products, non-organic mulches (e.g. gravel), non-organic soils and soil conditioners (e.g. gypsum and sand), non-compostable organic materials (e.g. plastics) and materials variously described as ‘compost starters’ and ‘activators’. Shredded garden organics (sometimes referred to as ‘green waste’, ‘green organics’, ‘garden wastes’ or ‘yard wastes’) that have not been subjected to either a pasteurization or composting procedure are specifically excluded from this Standard, mainly because they have a high probability of containing plant propagules and pathogens. Vermicast that has not been subject to pasteurization or composting before or after being worked by worms may conform with this Standard if they pass the provisions of Appendices L and M, along with all the other criteria in Table 3.1. Test methods for the analysis of these materials are set out in Appendices A to M. NOTE: Appendices N and O give guidance on best practice. Adherence to the criteria given in the ‘best practice’ guidelines should lead to the production of quality compost or vermicast that will not spread plant propagules or pathogens. Appendix P gives guidance on the determination of compliance with this Standard.

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    Committee CS-037
    Document Type Standard
    Publisher Standards Australia
    Status Superseded
    Superseded By
    Under Revision

    History - (Show below) - (Hide below)

    First published as AS 4454-1997.
    Second edition 1999.
    Third edition 2003. First published as AS 4454-1997. Second edition 1999. Third edition 2003.

    Standards Referenced By This Book - (Show below) - (Hide below)

    AS/NZS 2161.2:1998 Occupational protective gloves General requirements
    HB 18.28-1991 Guidelines for third-party certification and accreditation - Guide 28: General rules for a model third-party certification system for products
    AS 1199.1-2003 Sampling procedures for inspection by attributes Sampling schemes indexed by acceptance quality limit (AQL) for lot-by-lot inspection
    AS/NZS ISO 9001:2000 Quality management systems - Requirements
    AS/NZS ISO 9004:2000 Quality management systems - Guidelines for performance improvements
    AS/NZS 1716:1994 Respiratory protective devices
    AS/NZS 1715:1994 Selection, use and maintenance of respiratory protective devices
    AS/NZS 1336:1997 Recommended practices for occupational eye protection
    AS 1199.0-2003 Sampling procedures for inspection by attributes Introduction to the ISO 2859 attribute sampling system

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    AS 4970-2009 Protection of trees on development sites (Reconfirmed 2020)
    AS 4736-2006 Biodegradable plastics - Biodegradable plastics suitable for composting and other microbial treatment
    AS 5810-2010 Biodegradable plastics - Biodegradable plastics suitable for home composting
    AS 6000-2009 Organic and biodynamic products
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