Good Housekeeping, Energy Star, United Laboratories, USDA Organic. These icons invoke a comfort level; a feeling of trust, safety and quality endowed on the products that carry these coveted seals of approval.
For compost, the United States Composting Council is the governing body which sets the standards for this product. Like the certifications listed above, the Seal of Testing Assurance (STA) assures you that the compost products you are purchasing meet all the quality requirements set forth by the USCC by independently testing products on a regularly scheduled basis.
So how does the STA Program work?
- STA Certified compost products are tested on a regular schedule, which assures the production of consistently high quality products.
- Test results are completed independently by appointed accredited laboratories, and available upon request from, the US Composting Council and the manufacturer, for your peace of mind knowing exactly what you are buying.
- STA products meet or exceed all related product quality and testing requirements prescribed by state and/or federal regulations, assuring you purchase a safe, eco-friendly product.
Because compost can be created from many different types of feedstocks, and with some manufacturers the components can vary dramatically from one batch to another, it is important to purchase compost that has been STA Certified. You want to make sure that your soil receives a safe, healthy and nutritional amendment.
Here is where you can purchase STA Certified compost at an Eastern PA/NJ/DE metro region garden center near you, or ask your lawn care provider to apply Laurel Valley Soils Compost and Compost-Enriched Topsoil. If you are a business interested in purchasing our products wholesale, please contact us at 866-LV-SOILS.