Last edited 24 Mar 2021

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The Home Quality Mark One, Technical Manual SD239, England, Scotland & Wales, published by BRE in 2018, defines composting as:

‘…a natural process which converts organic waste into an earth-like mass by means of bacteria and micro-organisms. The composting process is also supported by larvae, wood lice, beetles, worms and other such creatures.’

For the purposes of the Home Quality Mark, all recycling and composting waste facilities must be:

  1. Located in a dedicated position.
  2. Easily accessible to all users.
  3. Integrated within the design of the home achieving reduced visual impact.
  4. Storage locations are durable, low maintenance and cleanable.
  5. Managing odour and noise issues.
  6. Addressing health and safety issues (including fire and vermin).

--BRE Group

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