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.


  • Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on the Code of Practice for Compost Facilities and Acceptable Feedstock List for Compost Facilities. 

    Before you get started, there are a few things we would like you to know about the feedback form: 

    • The feedback form is divided into sections - these align with the sections of the Code of Practice for Compost Facilities and Acceptable Feedstock List for Compost Facilities.
    • It is only necessary to answer the questions for the section(s) you want to comment on. You can skip over any section.  
    • You can move backward and forward between questions. 
    • Please review the draft Code and Acceptable Feedstock List for Compost Facilities and submit your feedback using the feedback form. If you need clarification to help complete the feedback form, contact us at AEP.WasteRegulation@gov.ab.ca   
    • Once the feedback form is submitted, you cannot make changes. You can, however, save your information during completion of the form and return at another time to complete.

    The deadline for submitting feedback is September 30, 2020.

    E20-G-018 Privacy Statement

    Information you provide is collected under the authorization of Section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act and is managed in accordance with Part 2 of the FOIP Act. Your responses to this survey will be used to inform the drafting of the Code of Practice for Compost Facilities. Any personal information you submit to the open-ended comments will be removed from the responses before review. Your personal information will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose than stated without your written consent or unless required to do so by law. If you have any questions or you wish to request a change or removal of the information you provided, please contact Richard Adjei, Senior Waste Policy Advisor, by email at richard.adjei@gov.ab.ca or by phone at 780-427-0054.

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