There are many kinds of organic byproducts. They are potentially useful, but can be wasted and thrown away. One use for many of these products is as fertilisers and soil conditioners but they are managed and regulated separately. Customers are faced with choices of services and products. Examples are biosolids, municipal composts, food processing byproducts and farm yard manures. Biosolids are perceived as being special, but part of a range of a number of wastes seeking a disposal. The target must be to establish and maintain safe, sustainable and welcome operations for the supply of all of these products. Trust is at the heart. There is nothing special about biosolids; they should not demand special treatment and should be viewed as one of a range of safe products. There must be a ‘level playing field’ for all products and then customers can choose that which is most suitable for their needs on the basis of agronomic value, customer service and financial deals available. So, for example, municipal compost and biosolids should compete in the market place on the basis of normal commercial terms, but not on the basis of differential safety or quality. It behoves everyone to co-operate in creating the starting point of equality of opportunity. The UK has established the Sustainable Organic Resources Partnership to bring together all stakeholders for all kinds of organic resources. The objective has been to create a national focus of knowledge excellence, which can provide the confidence for building public trust. The paper describes the history, role and future of SORP.

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