Compost bins 019
Criteria for awarding an environmental labelling licence for compost bins have been drawn up for containers intended to compost organic household waste and garden waste. Both year-round compost bins (group A) and bins which can only operate during the warmer part of the year (group B) are included in the criteria document.The central objective of the criteria is to ensure satisfactory performance of the compost bins. The year-round compost bins must undergo a thorough performance test over a period of 3 months in temperature down to - 3oC.Chemicals which are particularly hazardous to the environment may not be used during the manufacturing of the container.The requirement to use recycled materials for compost bins with frames of plastic will increase the utilization of available recycled raw material.Comprehensive user instructions make it easier to control the biological process taking place in the container, thus minimizing adverse effects on the performance while in use. Material descriptions will make it easier to recycle or dispose of the materials of the composting container at the end of its life cycle.A warranty and a spare part service can extend the working life of compost bins.
Fees valid from 1 January 2021
Application fee including one on-site inspection within the Nordic region *) 30 000 SEK excl. VAT. Inspection of 2 models tested for functionality is included in the application fee. For inspection of aditional models, 15 000 SEK excl. VAT per model will be charged. Renewal fee *) 15 000 SEK excl. VAT. Inspection of 2 models tested for functionality is included in the fee. For inspection of aditional models, 7 500 SEK excl. VAT per model will be charged.
Annual licence fee
Annual Nordic licence fee**) 0.3% of turnover + VAT
from EUR 0–30 million
0.05% of turnover + VAT
> EUR 30 million
Minimum fee for the Nordic countries 2 000 EUR annually excl. VAT Maximum fee for the Nordic countries No maximum fee Annual licence fee outside the Nordic countries (for licence holders with a turnover of more than 300 000 EUR of Nordic Swan ecolabelled products, sold outside the Nordic countries) 2 000 EUR annually excl. VAT
If the Nordic Swan ecolabelled products are only sold outside the Nordic countries, a minimum fee is always charged.
Fee for extensions/alterations of licence
Extension/alteration of existing licence Should the extension regard inspection of models tested for functionality, which are not already included in the licence, 15 000 SEK excl. VAT will be charged per model.
Other types of alterations will be charged according to how long it takes to deal with the matter:
- Less than 4 hours: 3 750 SEK excl. VAT
- Between 4 and 8 hours: 7 500 SEK excl. VAT
- More than 8 hours: 15 000 SEK excl. VAT
Fees for on-site inspections
Extra fee for additional on-site inspection within the Nordic countries 5 000 SEK excl. VAT per visit On-site inspection outside the Nordic region, but within Europe***) 15 000 SEK excl. VAT per visit On-site inspections outside Europe***) 25 000 SEK excl. VAT per visit
Euro rate: The exchange rate of the first day of the year is used to convert amounts in Euro to national currency:
*) Micro enterprises are charged half the fee. A micro enterprise, according to our definition, is a company with a maximum of 10 employees and with a total turnover of €2 000 000 (including both ecolabelled and non-ecolabelled products).
**) Corporations pay only one licence fee
***) There is an extra fee of 1 000 EUR per day if the inspection takes more than one day.
Information on the latest version of the criteria for compost bins
3.1 ⇛ 3.2: Adjustment of requirement and prolongation of the validity of the criteria
- Requirement O10 has been adjusted regarding titanium dioxide in powder form.
In addition, the validity of the criteria have been extended by 24 months. The new version is called 3.2 and is valid until 30 June 2023.
3.0 ⇛ 3.1: Prolongation of the criteria
The validity of the criteria has been prolonged with 24 months. The name of the new version is 3.1 and is valid until June 30, 2021.
3.0: New criteria generation
Version 3 of Nordic Ecolabelling's criteria for compost bins has been published. The criteria are valid until June 30, 2019.
In order to use the Nordic Swan Ecolabel in your marketing, you must have a valid Nordic Swan Ecolabel licence. Please log in to The Nordic Ecolabelling Portal to apply for a licence. You are free to use the Nordic Swan Ecolabel in all of your marketing from the date of approval until your licence expires.
Go to The Nordic Ecolabelling Portal and start your application process! If this is the first time you apply, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive login information for the Portal.
Start by going through the requirements and fees that apply to your specific product group. These can be found above.
In some cases, you must use our separate application form. For example, the form must be used in cases where the producer and licensee are two separate companies, or if you wish to cancel a licence. Please contact your advisor in these cases, or if you are unsure what applies to you. The form to be used in these special cases can be downloaded here.
For more details on the application process, please head to our application guide: "Application step by step".
Good luck with your application!