Agricultural compost is to all effects a fertiliser that, subject to strict controls by local authorities, is placed on the market of soil amendments as green waste compost amendment, which is known in Italy by the term 'ACV' (ammendante compostato verde).

The green waste compost amendment has the following characteristics:

  • limited salinity;
  • relatively low nutrient content;
  • good physical properties (density, porosity, water retention);
  • good supply of organic matter.

The properties of the ACV (green compost amendment) enables it to be used with excellent results in plantation holes, for the transplantation of small and large plants, and in all agricultural and floricultural gardening practices that call for direct contact of the product with the plant root.Precisely for this last parameter, "green waste compost" is also suitable for the constitution of soils for floriculture.Green waste compost used in the open field essentially takes on the characteristics of a provider of humidified organic matter (a soil amendment in the narrow sense) that can improve the physical-structural and biological properties of agricultural land in cases where the organic matter content is poor.

ACV is used primarily:

  • 30% is used in the floriculture sector, where the compost amendment is used as is, or after refining / processing carried out by the fertiliser industry, which buys the loose compost from plants and packages it in a mixture with peat and other ingredients for sale at specialised nurseries or large distribution outlets;
  • about 60% is used on farms for as an amendment in order to restore the regular fertility of crops in the open field;
  • and approximately 10% of compost produced is sold directly at the plant; loose compost is delivered to hobbyists and gardeners for their own direct use.
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