The Nordic Swan Ecolabel environmental requirements for compost bins

Containers intended to compost organic household waste and garden waste can be ecolabelled. Both year-round compost bins (group A) and bins which can only operate during the warmer part of the year (group B) are included in the criteria document.The central objective of the criteria is to ensure satisfactory performance of the compost bins.

The year-round compost bins must undergo a thorough performance test over a period of 3 months in temperature down to – 3oC. Chemicals which are particularly hazardous to the environment may not be used during the manufacturing of the container.The requirement to use recycled materials for compost bins with frames of plastic will increase the utilization of available recycled raw material.

Comprehensive user instructions make it easier to control the biological process taking place in the container, thus minimizing adverse effects on the performance while in use.

Material descriptions will make it easier to recycle or dispose of the materials of the composting container at the end of its life cycle. A warranty and a spare part service can extend the working life of compost bins.

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What does it cost?

When you apply for the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, you must pay a fee. Additionally, when you have a certification, you must pay an annual licence fee based on the turnover of the certified product or service.

Please visit our Nordic website to see the specific fees. You will find them at the bottom of the page for the relevant product group under the fees» tab. You can find all product groups here.