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STA Certified Compost Fees for Compost Manufacturers
We are here to help you market your compost. STA stands for “Seal of Testing Assurance”- your end product is tested with STA’s Compost-Certified Labs.
STA Certified compost is certified as maintaining your government composting permits and following EPA limits on pathogens and metals.
What Our Customers Say
Our STA Certified compost products are both our highest volume, as well as our highest unit revenue producers. The additional value we receive for our STA products far exceeds the nominal per cubic yard cost of the program and translates to confidence in our company and our products in the marketplace.
Bob Yost, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at A1 Organics
As one of the pioneer STA participants, we understood the importance for the industry and our company and today we continue to benefit from the STA Program!
Brian Fleury, Vice President of Organic Residuals at WeCare Denali, LLC
Arizona, Michigan, New Jersey, and New York
Using the Seal of Testing Assurance program from the USCC not only can we strive to exceed Jobsite Specifications but our clients can see in black and white our quality characteristics.
Bob Engel, Vice President at Engel & Gray, Inc.
Selling STA Certified compost provides our customers peace of mind.
Gary Gittere, Sales & Marketing Manager at McGill Premium Compost and also President at the NC Chapter of the Composting Council
North Carolina, Florida, Virginia
Our STA Testing report, received after quarterly testing of our compost, is like the “Carfax of Compost.” It provides Laurel Valley Soils, and our customers, the confidence to know exactly what is being applied to their soil. It differentiates us in the marketplace, and lets us focus on helping our customers grow beautiful, healthy plants.
Suzanne Longacre, Marketing Champion at Laurel Valley Soils
The USCC Seal of Testing Assurance program has been instrumental in our sales and marketing of our Harvest Blend Compost.
Dustin Bumgardner, Field Representative at Engel & Gray, Inc.
Pay your STA Certified Compost’s Renewal Fees by July 1
*Wet Tons Produced =
- Wet tons means as-is, not dehydrated
- Tons produced = Amount sold that year + Amount in inventory at the end of the year
- Converting cubic yards to tons =
Total cubic yards X 1,0000 lbs/cubic yard = # pounds/year
(or use your compost product's conversion if you know it)
Then divide # pounds/year by 2,000 lbs = tons produced/year
*Regular Facility = Produce more than 2,500 finished wet tons/year- fee includes one product
*Small Facility = Produce less than 2,500 finished wet tons/year, fee includes one product
*Derivative products = $100/year/product that is already enrolled in the STA Certified Compost program. These are products you or your distributor would like to sell with the STA Certified Compost logo that contain over 25% STA Certified Compost and are blended, packaged, resold, and/or otherwise distributed under another product name.
If one organization agrees to centralized billing and centralized coordination with the USCC for all of their products and facilities, then for one company all additional facilities are billed at a steep discount- same price as additional products.
If the organization does not agree to centralized billing and centralized coordination with the USCC, and asks for each facility to be billed and coordinated with separately, each facility within a company is billed as a facility.
*Become a member of the USCC for as little as $415 to start saving as much as $200 plus $100 per product on your STA Certified Compost Participation, in addition to other sweet benefits.
Lab Sample Fees for each lab sample taken as a part of participating in the program are paid directly to the lab.
Appeal Fee= $100 per product
Reinstatement Fee – First Warning= $100 per product
Reinstatement Fee – Second Warning= $100 per product
Late Payment (after June 30)= $100 per participant in addition to the full yearly fee due (no proration break on the remaining months before the next renewal)
Invoice will be sent only after all application materials are reviewed and approved.
Invoice will be prorated at a monthly rate of the yearly fee, covering date of finalized application to June 30.