Customer Information

Client: Mr Ziad Abichaker

Phone: 03-293222

Fax: 09-235488

Email: ziad@cedarenv.com

Address: Jamil St, Ajaltoun, Lebanon

Date Sample Submitted to ECL: 05/5/2004

Receipt #:

Sample Information

Type/Matrix: Compost

Label: “Composte organique,fleur legume arbuste naturel”

Date Sample Collected:

Sample Collected By: Mr Ziad Abichaker

Sample Location: N/A

Sample Container provided by ECL:  No

Further Sample Description: The plastic bag of 20L. capacity was brought sealed into the laboratory

References and Abbreviations:

1.       EPA, 40 CFR 503: Environment Protection Agency- United States, Code Federal Regulation: A guide for land applicrs on the requirements of the federal standards for the use and disposal of sewage sludge. Also, 40 CFR 503 is applicable for compost.

2.       Interpretation of Waste and Compost Tests, http://www.woodsend.org/pdf-files/compost.pdf.

o             MCL: Maximum Contaminant Limit-Highest amount of a specific contaminant allowed in the specific product.

o             EU : European Union standards

o             NLA: No limits applied as the specific measure may vary with the origin, intended use, processing  and type of compost product.

3.       Class A+ compost, the class that must be achieved by farmers running organic farms in keeping with Council Regulation (EEC) # 2092/91, on organic

        production of agricultural product.

 

 

 

 

Bacteriological Analysis:

 

Analysis

Compost Sample

Result

Method

EPA CFR 503 MCL (1)

EU Standards

MCL (2)

Fecal Coliform

0 colonies in g

Membrane Filtration (MF)

<1000 CFU/g

<1000 CFU/g

Salmonella

0 colonies in 4 g

XLD-SS, API and Antisera Agglutination

Absent in 4 g

Absent in 4 g

 

 

 

Physical/Chemical Parameters

 

Analysis

Compost Sample

Result

Method

International Standards MCL (1,2)

Preferred Values

pH

7.2 (10 g/100 ml)

APHA 4500-H+-  Electrode

No Limit Applied

6.0 -7.5 and not > 8.5

Moisture Content %

12%

Karl Fisher Titration

No Limit Applied

40-60%

Total Carbon %

29.25 %

Thermofinnigan- High combustion

No Limit Applied

C/N £ 25:1

Total Organic Matter %

27%

Thermofinnigan- High combustion

No Limit Applied

No Limit Applied

Total Nitrogen %

2%

Thermofinnigan- High combustion

No Limit Applied

C/N £ 25:1

Mobile Phoshorus (P2O5) mg/kg

0.45 g/kg

HACH 8048- Spectrophotometer

No Limit Applied

No Limit Applied

Mobile Potassium (K2O) mg/kg

3.776 g/kg

ICP-MS

No Limit Applied

No Limit Applied

Mineral Nitrogen mg/kg

3590 mg/kg

APHA 4500-C, HACH 8039, HACH 8507

Spectrophotometer

No Limit Applied

No Limit Applied

 

Trace Metal Analysis

Analysis

MDL

(mg/Kg)

Compost Sample Results in mg/Kg

Method

EPA CFR 503.13 MCL (1)

mg/kg

EU Standards

MCL (2)

mg/kg

EEC No. 2092/91 (Organic Farming)

Class A+ Compost

Conc. of Pollutant (3) mg/kg

Manganese

0.002

2

EPA 3051-EPA 200.8

NLA

NLA

NLA

Iron

0.5

4.67

EPA 3051-EPA 200.8

NLA

NLA

NLA

Calcium

0.5

28.626

EPA 3051-EPA 200.8

NLA

NLA

NLA

Magnesium

0.5

1.75

EPA 3051-EPA 200.8

NLA

NLA

NLA

Copper (Cu)

0.002

6.248

EPA 3051-EPA 200.8

1500

100

70

 

Heavy Metal Analysis

Analysis

MDL

(mg/Kg)

Compost Sample

Result in mg/Kg

Method

EPA CFR 503.13 (1)

MCL

mg/kg

EU Standards

MCL (2)

mg/kg

EEC No. 2092/91 (Organic Farming)

Class A+ Compost

Conc. of Pollutant mg/kg

Arsenic (As)

0.002

0.013

EPA 3051-EPA 200.8

41

NLA

NLA

Cadmium (Cd)

0.002

0.002

EPA 3051-EPA 200.8

39

2

0.7

Lead (Pb)

0.002

5.761

EPA 3051-EPA 200.8

300

150

45

Mercury (Hg)

0.0005

0.085

EPA 3051-EPA 200.8

17

0.5

0.4

Nickel (Ni)

0.002

1.287

EPA 3051-EPA 200.8

420

50

25

Zinc (Zn)

0.002

20.22

EPA 3051-EPA 200.8

2800

400

200

Selenium (Se)

0.002

<MDL

EPA 3051-EPA 200.8

36

25

NLA

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Zuheir Habbal                                                                   Carol Sukhn

Director of Clinical Chemistry Laboratory                             Environment Core Laboratory

Director of Environment Core Laboratory                              Supervisor