An educated consumer is just plain American.
Every product that is purchased in our country today, for both commercial as well as residential use, comes with essential, basic product information that includes what is in the product and how best to use it. We have come to expect this information, and we depend on it to determine for ourselves whether a product is suitable for our needs.
The United States Composting Council's (USCC) Seal of Testing Assurance (STA) is an official pledge to the consumer that the product bearing this seal has been sampled regularly and analyzed with a standardized testing methodology by a Council-approved lab for chemical, physical and biological properties. When the compost producer furnishes the lab results bearing this seal to specifiers and customers, a relevant, accurate product assessment and comparison may be made to determine best use.
The goal of the US Composting Council is simple: To have all compost producers participate in this program and to have compost specifiers, regulators and end-users accept only STA compost for their projects.
There are a variety of composts today produced from a variety of feedstocks and production methods. They can vary in their appearance to the same degree as they can vary in their performance.
The bottom line is: Best use is a function of valid information.
The US Composting Council Seal of Testing Assurance: "The Real Deal is in the Seal". Come to expect it.