Code of Practice for Compost Facilities

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Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) is updating the Code of Practice for Compost Facilities to reflect modern composting standards and improve environmental protection through enhancing requirements related to considerations such as odour management, water resource protection, and setback distances. AEP has developed a draft Code of Practice for Compost Facilities (the Code) and Acceptable Feedstock List for Compost Facilities for stakeholders review and feedback.

The Code builds on the Standards for Composting Facilities in Alberta (2007), provides clear regulatory requirements for Class I and Class II Compost Facilities, streamlines Alberta’s composting regulatory framework, and harmonizes the Code with modern composting standards. The Code outlines the minimum requirements for design, construction, operation, monitoring, and final closure of Class I and Class II Facilities. In addition to the requirements of the Code, persons responsible for compost facilities must also comply with all requirements of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, its associated regulations, and all other applicable laws. The use of the Code does not absolve persons responsible for compost facilities from fulfilling other municipal, provincial or federal regulatory requirements.

AEP is seeking to engage with stakeholders on the draft Code of Practice for Compost Facilities and Acceptable Feedstock list for Compost Facilities to gather feedback to inform the final draft.

The engagement materials for review and feedback include:

  • The draft Code of Practice for Compost Facilities
  • Acceptable Feedstock List for Compost Facilities
  • PowerPoint presentations outlining the different sections of the Code
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The draft Code, Acceptable feedstock list for Compost Facilities, and FAQs document can be found in the Documents section of this page.

Please submit your feedback on the Code of Practice for Compost Facilities and Acceptable Feedstock List for compost facilities by using the feedback form.


Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) is updating the Code of Practice for Compost Facilities to reflect modern composting standards and improve environmental protection through enhancing requirements related to considerations such as odour management, water resource protection, and setback distances. AEP has developed a draft Code of Practice for Compost Facilities (the Code) and Acceptable Feedstock List for Compost Facilities for stakeholders review and feedback.

The Code builds on the Standards for Composting Facilities in Alberta (2007), provides clear regulatory requirements for Class I and Class II Compost Facilities, streamlines Alberta’s composting regulatory framework, and harmonizes the Code with modern composting standards. The Code outlines the minimum requirements for design, construction, operation, monitoring, and final closure of Class I and Class II Facilities. In addition to the requirements of the Code, persons responsible for compost facilities must also comply with all requirements of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, its associated regulations, and all other applicable laws. The use of the Code does not absolve persons responsible for compost facilities from fulfilling other municipal, provincial or federal regulatory requirements.

AEP is seeking to engage with stakeholders on the draft Code of Practice for Compost Facilities and Acceptable Feedstock list for Compost Facilities to gather feedback to inform the final draft.

The engagement materials for review and feedback include:

  • The draft Code of Practice for Compost Facilities
  • Acceptable Feedstock List for Compost Facilities
  • PowerPoint presentations outlining the different sections of the Code
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The draft Code, Acceptable feedstock list for Compost Facilities, and FAQs document can be found in the Documents section of this page.

Please submit your feedback on the Code of Practice for Compost Facilities and Acceptable Feedstock List for compost facilities by using the feedback form.


  • Video Presentation #1

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    07 August, 2020

    Learn more about the draft Code of Practice for Compost Facilities - Part 1: Overview, Scope and Differences.



  • Video Presentation #2

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    07 August, 2020

    Learn more about the Application Requirements and Pilot Project sections of the draft Code of Practice for Compost Facilities.



  • Video Presentation #3

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    07 August, 2020

    Learn more about the Construction Specifications section of the draft Code of Practice for Compost Facilities.



  • Video Presentation #4

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    07 August, 2020

    Learn more about the Facility Operations sections of the draft Code of Practice for Compost Facilities.


  • Video Presentation #5

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    07 August, 2020

    Learn more about the Environmental Monitoring section of the draft Code of Practice for Compost Facilities.



  • Video Presentation #6

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    07 August, 2020

    Learn more about the Reporting, Record Keeping and Final Closure sections of the draft Code of Practice for Compost Facilities.