Cré Welcomes Opening of Renewable Heat Scheme for Biogas

Press Release (05.06.2018)

Cré Welcomes Opening of Renewable Heat Scheme for Biogas


On Tuesday Minister Bruton opened the second phase of the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH), which will provide operational support anaerobic digestion heating systems and biomass boilers.

Percy Foster CEO of Cré said “We welcome this initiative from Minister Bruton and we particular see the food processing sector changing their processes as it will encourage them to install biogas plants to treat their own waste and to displace fossil fuels which would have been used for heating purposes within their processes”

Details on how operators can apply for their scheme should contact Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)- ( or 01-248-4982)

Conference 2021

New Cre Logo_Master - web2021 Irish Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Conference

21, 22 & 23 September 2021

EPA Research: To Develop National End of Waste Standards for Quality Compost and Digestate


EPA Funded Research Project:

To Develop National End of Waste Standards for Quality Compost and Digestate


Cré is delighted to announce commencement of a research project on end of waste standards for quality compost and digestate in Ireland. This project is funded under the EPA Research Programme 2014-2020. The EPA Research Programme is a Government of Ireland initiative funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.


In Ireland, there are no national End-of-Waste Criteria for quality compost and digestate derived from source-separated materials. In EPA licences for composting and anaerobic digestion (AD) plants, there is a quality standard as part of the licences, however in old licences the parameters and limit values vary considerably and in the recent licences the parameters and limit values have been adopted from the national compost standard I.S. 441 for compost but also for AD plants. The I.S. 441 was not developed for AD plants and some parameters are such as stability is not suitable. This has results in AD plants proposing different stability measurement. In some Local Authority Waste Permits for biogas plants, there is no quality standard specified for digestate.


This project will examine best European practices as well as quality standards in Canada, America and Australia; and propose an approach for End-of-Waste Criteria for compost and digestate in Ireland. In addition, the project will develop a quality standard for digestate and an updated compost standard, which could be used as part of the End-of-Waste Criteria.


The project findings would inform regulators and policy makers of any changes required to implement changes to quality standards in waste licences and waste permits and also what approach should be taken to develop national End-of-Waste Criteria for compost and digestate in Ireland.


During the project there will be a workshop to consult all stakeholders on the research.




Further Information contact:

Percy Foster, T: 086- 8129260


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Notes to Editor:

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Minister Bruton Launches Report on Pioneering National Brown Bin Initiative

Press Release: 30.01.2019


Minister Bruton Launches Report on Pioneering National Brown Bin Initiative


Thanks to a pioneering consumer focused initiative, households in Sligo City are leading the nation in food waste recycling according to a new report launched last Friday by The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton TD.

The national Pilot scheme of the Brown Bin education programme was done in Sligo City. The aim of the Pilot was to see how the provision an education programme of waste advisors going door to door, kitchen caddies and compostable liners to householders, could improve the amount and quality of food waste in the Brown Bin.

By the end of the 12 month initiative, the amount of food being recycled from Sligo households more than doubled and at the same time, the amount of non-compostable material (plastic, metals, glass) found in brown bins was slashed from 18% to 1%.

Launching the report Minister Bruton said “The results of this initiative show that if we want to help people properly manage their food waste and indeed cut down on their food waste, we need to be doing more to support people in understanding and using their bins. This pilot project confirms that there are real gains to be made in using the brown bin correctly and has identified some really practical steps which could be useful for other towns to adopt.

Percy Foster CEO of Cré – Composting Association of Ireland said “the results of the project showed that by giving people a kitchen caddy and liners to use in the kitchen makes recycling food waste easier and cleaner for people. Given the positive outcome of the pilot it should be emulated across the country”

In Ireland, every household in villages with more than 500 people should have and use a brown bin for food waste but to date getting people to use the bins has been a challenge. By their nature, food scraps are wet and often smelly and not something anyone really wants to think about but when collected separately and recycled back to soil through composting and anaerobic digestion they can bring economic and relevant climate change benefits.

Siobhan Gillen of Sligo County Council said “we welcomed the opportunity to be involved in this pilot, the uptake of using brown bins correctly increased dramatically and we are still seeing the positive effects today. Provision of ‘door-to-door’ education not only showed positive results for diversion of food waste material from the general waste bin, but it also showed that educating households on correct waste management practice as a whole, allows for better quality recycling and a reduction in disposal of waste to landfill which in turn has a financial gain for the householder”

In many parts of the world, households are given specially designed small kitchen bins and mater- bi compostable liners to makes the recycling of food scraps easy, clean and hygienic and this report has shown it to be the case too.

The report can be downloaded here: National Brown Bin Awareness Pilot Report Sligo 30.01.2019



Further Information contact: Percy Foster, T: 086- 8129260



Notes to Editor:


Photo Caption:

L to R: Tony Breton (Novamont), Minister Bruton, Siobhan Gillen (Sligo County Council) & Percy Foster (Cré)


Sligo County Council coordinated the national Pilot Scheme of the Brown Bin programme in Sligo City. The Project was jointly funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Sligo County Council, Cré – Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Association of Ireland, and Novamont.

Thank You

Shine a Light – Focus Ireland

Thank you to all the Cre members who donated close to 4k to Focus Ireland – details on who donated can be found Shine a light Thank you

Students on Compost Course

Cré – Institute of Technology Sligo Certificate in Compost Facility Operation

pictured above are the 22 students on the accredited compost facility operation course


New Bioeconomy Research Project will Examine Potential for Available Bioresources

UCD & Cré are delighted to announce funding for a two-year research project “Agri Bio Circular Economy” (ABC Economy).

The project is kindly co-funded under the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland Research Development & Demonstration Funding Programme 2018 with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

The project will be led by Dr Fionnuala Murphy of the School of Biosystems & Food Engineering, UCD. Recruitment of a full time Postdoctoral researcher will commence shortly.

ABC Economy will develop new sustainable value chains for the circular bioeconomy in Ireland by maximising value and minimising environmental impacts through cascading of biomass for production of biobased products and energy.

ABC Economy will engage with key stakeholders through project partner, Cré, and project collaborators, Tipperary County Council and Monaghan County Council, to develop sustainable value chains based on the bioresources available in each region.

ABC Economy will characterise available biomass in each region and assess the potential of valorisation processes for bioproduct and energy production in a circular economy context.

Key stakeholders (primary producer, processors, waste management companies etc.) will be engaged throughout the project to identify important resources, constraints to valorisation, and potential opportunities. Central to ABC Economy is the full supply chain sustainability analysis to examine synergies and trade-offs between using biomass for energy generation and biobased products and will highlight possibilities to minimise trade-offs by considering the impacts of circular economy principles and cascading.

ABC Economy value chains will be developed in line with key stakeholders to ensure the viability and potential uptake of these novel value chains. ABC Economy complements existing National and International research examining agri-food waste valorisation and bioeconomy development e.g. BEACON, BioEire, AgroCycle, AgriValor. However, ABC Economy advances beyond this research by incorporating holistic life cycle assessment along with market analysis and stakeholder engagement in the development of sustainable value chains for the bioeconomy. ABC Economy will be an exemplar for the development of the sustainable regional bioeconomy in Ireland.

Cré -REA – BBIA Study Tour to Italy October 2019

Cré -REA Bioeconomy Study Tour to Italy on 13th to 15th October 2019
Cré, in partnership with Organics Recycling Group of the Renewable Energy Association and the Biobased and Biodegradable Industries Association, has put together a bioeconomy study tour in the Milan and Venetto regions of Italy to visit:
? Food waste collections systems in Milan
? Composting/biogas plant
? Novamont’s Head Quarters and Research Laboratories
? SESA’s integrated composting/anaerobic digestion plant.

The tour will allow you to learn what the leading pioneers in Italy are doing to develop the Italian bioeconomy sector. The study tour is intended to give an overview of current best-practices and approaches in food waste separate collection and recycling.

The tour has options for attending 2 or 3 days.
Download the tour programme Bioeconomy Study Tour Northern Italy 2019
To make a booking, please fill in the Cre-REA-BBIA Study Tour Booking Form and email contact
Sinead Clinton
T: 0861747941

Ireland ‘will lead the way’ with New Certification Scheme for Compostable Products

Press Release 14.8.2018


Ireland ‘will lead the way’ with New Certification Scheme

for Compostable Products


The position on compostable cups, packaging and products in Ireland:


  • Of the composting sites which accept brown bin material, the majority of them are accepting compostable cups/ materials which meet the EU standard EN I.S. 13432 and the remaining sites are conducting trials.


  • The emergence of new compostable products on the market is a recent development and the market is steadily adapting to accommodate this new reality in terms of compostable packaging waste policy, standards and related best practice.


  • Compost site owners however are concerned that products not certified to the EU Standard EN I.S. 13432 are entering the market and causing contamination in compost.


Cré hosted an industry meeting last March which brought packaging companies and composting sites together to discuss the issue of new compostable products entering the market and has since met various other key stakeholders including Minister Naughten’s officials.


Percy Foster, CEO of Cré, said “From the consultation process the industry has determined an action plan to address the compostable waste challenge. Cré is now developing an independent Certification Scheme for compostable products in Ireland, which will be launched in quarter 4”.


The proposed Cré scheme will award a logo which can be printed on cups and other compostable packaging and products to give them a clear compostable identity which will give them visibility for brown bin collection and further organic recycling in composting plants.


The scheme will provide reassurance to buyers, consumers and composting sites that a product is truly compostable in Ireland’s approved industrial compost facilities and it will also promote those compostable products that have achieved certification to the scheme. This industry initiative to be led by Cré will clearly identify which products are compostable and remove any confusion on the matter from within the market.”





Percy Foster, CEO of Cré

E:                                T: 086 8129260

Brown Bin Trial in Apartments

Brown Bin Trial in Apartments


As part of the National Brown Bin Awareness Pilot in Sligo a separate project was done in June 2015 with apartments. The trial determined best practice to promote the segregation of food waste using a brown bin system in an apartment complex setting.


A short factsheet on the trial has been published and will act as a useful tool to implement brown bin collections in apartments.


The trial was kindly funded by Sligo County Council, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Novamont and Cré.

Brown Bin Apartment Factsheet_Final