EPA Data on 2015 in Compost/Biogas

The EPA have published 2015 data  on composting and anaerobic digestion in Ireland in 2015. The report can be downloaded from this link:




GORC was held in May 2016 and hosted by Cré. A book of abstracts has been published, which can be downloaded here

Cré Partnership with GIY Ireland

L to R: Pat O’Donnell, Sean Campbell, Heather Loughlin, Ronan Douglas (GIY), Maurice Cremin, Martin Eves & Derry Murphy, pictured at GORC conference.

GIY Ireland is a non profit charity with over 150,000 members. Its aim is to help people grow their own vegetables. GIY and Cré have drafted up a three year partnership plan.    giy logo

In this partnership plan, GIY Ireland will assist Cré with the following:
• Data collection from its members on Cré surveys
• Incorporating brownbin.ie educational tools into the GIY school programmes
• Three years of promotional campaigns to their members e.g. pay by weight/brown bin in 2016

In addition, Cré will be promoted as one of the main sponsors of Grow Circle/ Grown HQ in Waterford (http://www.giyinternational.org/grow_hq) and provided with an advert space in the GIY magazine.

Cré sought support from members to fund this programme and we are delighted to announce the following members have pledged their support to the three year programme;



                 Cremin Farm Compost


McGill        OD AGRI                     EnrichMiltownotoole



Best Practice Guide for Door to Door Brown Bin Education in Ireland

Best Practice Guide for Door to Door Brown Bin Education


The National Brown Bin Awareness Pilot project took place in Sligo. Based on the experiences from the pilot, a best practice guide for door to door education of householders on how to use a brown bin collection service has been developed.


View the full guide here.


The guide can be used by a waste collection company or by a local authority as part of an education programme.


It is based mainly on the experiences of the three brown bin advisors (Margaret Dunleavy, David McGovern and Rachel Finan), who conducted the national pilot of the brown bin advisors programme in Sligo city from July 2014 to March 2015. During the pilot, an estimated 3,000 face to face interviews with householders were conducted.


It is recommended that if a local authority is going to do an education programme that it is conducted in partnership with all the local waste collectors. It is important that all the waste collectors give a full commitment to the programme as without it, the programme will not be successful.


This report contains the following sections:
• Planning
• Preparation in advance of going door to door
• Face to face interviews
• Problems encountered by the Sligo team
• Advice for waste collectors


There is an appendix that contains templates with recommended resources.


Key Recommendations
• Develop constructive partnership and effective communications with all key stakeholders – e.g. local authorities, waste collectors, processors (compost/biogas plants), and any third party service delivery company
• Establish priority goals early in the programme
• Maximise the use of available resources
• Be flexible and willing to tweak / change the programme during the project


Special thanks are due to the following organisations who provided funding for the pilot;
• The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government
• Sligo County Council
• Novamont
• Cré- Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Association of Ireland

Global Organic Resources Congress 3-4 May 2016

L to R: Henrik Lystad (Chairman, European Compost Network), Eric Liégeois (DG GROW, European Commission) Tony Breton (Novamont), Martin Eves (Chairman of Cré) and Massimo Centemero (CIC – Italian Composting and Biogas Association) at GORC.

GORC – Global Organic Resources Congress

Visit www.gorc.ie

Organised by Cré and the European Compost Network, GORC will bring together key stakeholders to discuss new opportunities in the circular bioeconomy and in the anaerobic digestion and composting of organic wastes sector.

Key Speakers

·        Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development

·        Mairead McGuinness MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament will speak on the                            Circular Economy

·        Eric Liégeois, DG GROW, European Commission will speak on New EU Fertiliser Regulations

·        Henrik Lystad, Chairman, European Compost Network will speak on Operating a Compost/AD               Plant in the Year 2050

·        David Newman, Biobased and Biodegradable Industries Association will speak on the                                  Bioeconomy

·        Dr. René Rozendal, Paques BV, will speak on Next Generation Anaerobic Digestion

·        Allan Yee, Composting Council of Canada will speak on Greenhouse Gas Reductions through                  Composting

·        Hans-Peter Schmidt, Delinat Institute for Ecology and Climate Farming will speak on The                         Innovative Uses of Biochar

·        Wilbert Smeets,  SESA SpA will speak on The Sesa Biomethane and Compost Production                           Facility

·        Gert-Jan Klaasse Bos, Meerlanden Holding N.V, De Meerlanden Compost and BiogAs Facility


Tourist Day  •  Welcome Event & Craft Fair  •  Trade Exhibition  •  Site Visit  •  Research Poster Display  •

Reduced PHD Student Rate  •  Early Bird Hotel Rates

Download the GORC Programme

GORC Sponsors

Novamont, CIC – Italian Composting & Biogas Association, SESA, Irish Environmental Protection Agency & Irish Tourism Board

GORC Supporters

The European Biogas Association, FEAD, The Phosphorus Platform, Biocycle, Compost Council of Canada and the Biobased and Biodegradable Industries Association

Cre & IrBEA Biogas Manifesto

Lee-Jane Eastwood (Cré) and Padraic O'Neill (IrBEA) at the joint Biogas Manifesto launch on 12th November

Lee-Jane Eastwood (Cré) and Padraic O’Neill (IrBEA) at the joint Biogas Manifesto launch on 12th November

Thousands of jobs, cheap heating/electricity, and achieving renewables targets – politicians hear how to create the conditions to achieve these goals at IrBEA-Cré ‘Biogas Manifesto’ launch


Politicians from across the political landscape last Thursday November 12th heard how a simple technology can deliver thousands of jobs and significant other social, economic and environmental benefits – through the use of anaerobic Digestion (AD). Details were outlined in Dublin at the joint launch of the ‘Biogas Manifesto’ by the Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) and Cré, the Composting and Anaerobic Digestions Association. click here to download manifesto. 


Analysis by the two associations indicates AD – which is a simple, proven, practical biological recycling technology – has the potential to create 2,250 direct permanent jobs, with many more in the construction phase, spread across all counties in Ireland. This would be especially welcome in rural Ireland, as many rural areas struggle to emerge from the financial crisis.


AD has the capability to supply enough electricity to power 20% of Irish homes, or to replace 7.5% of the fossil-based natural gas with renewable “green” gas, via the national gas grid. Renewable energy from AD could be a significant incentive to attract new foreign investment into Ireland, enabling major companies such as Apple to gain marketing traction by meeting their sustainability goals.


Cré CEO Percy Foster said: “The technology for biogas in proven and readily available. The current review of the bioenergy strategy needs to recognise the great opportunities that biogas provides.”


Director of IrBEA Padraic O’Neill said: “Biogas represents a huge opportunity for locally produced renewable energy, job creation, rural development and sustainable agriculture. This needs to be higher on the political agenda.”


John  O’Mahony, T.D, Chair of the Oireathtas Committee on Energy, extended an invitation to the industries bodies to present to the Committee in the near future.

Minister Kelly Launches brownbin.ie

brownbin                                                                   L to R: Martin Eves (Cré), Minister Alan Kelly & Percy Foster (Cré)

Minister Kelly Launches Brownbin.ie

“Brownbin.ie provides a valuable platform for householders to understand the importance of recycling food waste using their brown bin.” said Mr Alan Kelly, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, on 9th October 2015 at the launch of www.brownbin.ie at OD Agri Compost Site, Tipperary.

Since July of this year the provision of a separate collection service for food waste has benefited almost all areas of the country. The Minister noted that the food waste regulations introduced by his Department have already contributed to an increase in the recycling of food waste which reduces our greenhouse gas emissions, helps meet our EU landfill diversion targets and will support new job creation in the production of high quality compost for use in agriculture, landscaping and horticulture.

Minister Kelly stated “As pay-by-weight comes on stream and more householders are encouraged to recycle their food waste, brownbin.ie will be a handy toolkit for families to learn what food to recycle and how to recycle their bio-waste correctly and reduce their waste bill”. The website has a wealth of information including questions and answers on a range of food waste topics and details of waste collectors operating across the country.

The Minister noted that “The correct use of the brown bin will increase the amount of food waste that is recovered for the production of energy, compost and digestate, bringing opportunities for added value through job creation- this is the essence of the circular economy.”

Martin Eves Chairman of Cré said “The successful rollout of the brown bin is dependent on appropriate education and awareness measures being introduced to support households in using the brown bin correctly. We were delighted to partner with the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government to develop the website; www.brownbin.ie, to provide the public with the information required to use the brown bin appropriately”

Brownbin.ie was jointly funded by Cré – Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Association of Ireland and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.

Diverting food waste from the more expensive residual bin to the brown bin will save households money and with the average Irish householder discarding up to €1,000 worth of food each year, brownbin.ie has lots of information and tips on how to prevent food waste arising in the first place.  Why not click on www.brownbin.ie and discover how to recycle your food waste and play your part in helping the environment, contribute to the circular economy and save money through the effective use of the brown bin in your home today.


Photo: (L to R) Lee-Jane Eastwood (Cre), Sandra Smith (Dublin City Council), Eimear Joyce (Pearse College), George Keogh (Chairperson of Pearse College Allotments) and Klaus Laitenberger (Horticulturist & Author).


Last year Cré secured funding under Local Agenda 21 from Dublin City Council and Department of Environment, Community and Local Government for a compost promoting project in the Dublin City Council area to run in 2015 called ‘grow a row’.


The project, based on a similar successful initiative in Canada, involves supplying community gardens or groups with compost, enabling extra vegetables to be grown and supplied to local food banks. It is also a great way to improve awareness of the benefits of using compost in the garden.


In conjunction with Dublin City Council, Cré are delighted to announce that Pearse College Community Allotments have taken up the call to get involved in this initiative and will be supplying the extra vegetables grown to a local food bank. A launch event at Pearse College on 4th June, which saw Enrich kindly donating four tonnes of compost for the project, included a talk by eminent horticulturalist Klaus Laitenberger and the official launch of the custom built website www.growarow.ie.


As well as a platform to showcase the project at each stage, the website will also function as a tool to allow the project to be replicated by other groups around the country.  Factsheets on vegetable growing with compost were developed for the website as simple guides to encourage even the novice gardener to get involved.


Vegetable Growing with Compost Factsheets









Food Waste Regs Amended

Household and Commercial Food Waste Regulations Amended

The Department of Environment Community and Local Government has amended the food waste regulations

The key amendments in the both Regulations are:

Definition of authorised treatment plants are composting, biogas and pet food manufacturing plants and excludes type 8 plants.

Household Regs:

Waste Collectors have to provide a waste receptacle (brown bin) directly to a householders address.

Food waste have to be collected at least every fortnight. In the case where the residual collection is more frequent, a brown bin service has to be collected as least as often as the residual bin.

SI 190 of 2015 (3)  Commercial Food Waste Amendments

SI 191 of 2015 (3)  Household Food Waste Regulations

Market Report for Year 2014

Cré Market Report Shows Worrying Trends



Today, Cré is publishing its Market Report for the year 2014.  There are concerning trends in relation to the downward trend of waste being presented for processing. The volumes of brown bin material has decreased by 16%, sewage sludge by 33%. The only waste stream that has shown any significant growth is organic fines (138% increase).


Percy Foster Chief Executive of Cré stated “Cré members expressed deep concerns about the decrease of brown bin material being processed in plants in Ireland. This decrease has occurred despite Ireland implementing national regulations for the source separation of commercial food waste in  2010 and households food waste in  2013, which are designed to encourage the recycling of food waste. This trend of decreasing brown bin volumes processed in Ireland needs to be urgently addressed by Minister Kelly”


From a peak of twelve plants, there are now just seven plants left that are processing brown bin material. Several plants have moved away from brown bin processing, and now are processing organic fines due to the lack of volumes of brown bin material. Indeed, The view within the industry is that the processing of organic fines is a temporary solution until the new indigenous incineration capacity increases in late 2017.


The processing of sewage sludge through composting continues to decrease and this trend is unlikely to change, as land spreading remains the relatively cheaper option, although of higher environmental risk, compared to regulated composting sites. 





You can download the report here- Cre_Market Report_For Year 2014