VBC Updates Code of Good Practice

The Board of Directors of the Virginia Biosolids Council (VBC) established a Code of Good Practice to provide guidance for its members on the production and beneficial recycling of biosolids in Virginia. The VBC Board requires the Council to report on its progress annually.

The Code provides guidelines for municipal facilities and contractors to go above the regulations where possible and minimize social impacts. The work of reviewing and maintaining the Council’s commitment to the Code of Good Practice is critical.

The VBC membership recently made several modifications to the Code. These include the following:

addition of a fourth guiding commitment to research of high-priority trace organics that support development of good policy and regulations that are protective of public health and the environment.
language that commits to minimizing social impacts and to share technologies and practices that improves operational practices and product quality.
language that speaks to the encouragement of members to engage with diverse communities, citizens and interested stakeholders.
a commitment to advance biosolids knowledge by collaborating with research institutions.


The Code of Good Practice is a living document – developed to support our organization’s mission to capture current best practices by all of the organizations involved in recycling this valuable material.

James Grandstaff of Henrico, who chaired the review and updating of the Code, said: “The work on reviewing and committing to keeping the Code of Good Practice current is important. The biosolids community makes a committed effort to reduce the social impact of this important material – from reducing odor at the municipal facility to making sure we perform well in the field. It’s all important – and the Code provides a good compass for all of us.

Click HERE to view the 2020 Code of Good Practice.