First certificate Recognized processor invasive species issued
Van Berkel Biomassa & Bodemproducten is the first company in The Netherlands which received the Association of Dutch Greenwaste Composting Plants’ (BVOR) certificate for ‘Recognized processor invasive species'. It is the first time in The Netherlands that the certificate was handed. The certificate was provided based on an audit executed by SGS INTRON Certificatie.
The certification scheme ‘Certified processor invasive species' is part of the assessment directive certified compost and describes the conditions of the production process in which remains of plants and seeds of invasive species in compost need to be defused. Invasive species are plants that do not exist naturally in The Netherlands and spread rapidly through their explosive growth in public parks and landscapes. Examples include Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed and the water pennywort.
The certificate ‘Recognized processor invasive species’ is available from September 1, 2015 for composting businesses. As of January 1, 2016 the European regulation will apply which compels the Dutch Government to take measures to prevent the spread of invasive species.