Two stories caught my eye today (and have been duly posted on WAB news), both relating to compost.
The first story is that Scotland now has the UK’s largest vertical composting facility. Keenan Recycling in Aberdeenshire is expanding to allow it to process an additional 20,000 tonnes of mostly kitchen waste each year. This means that households without the space or inclination to compost their own waste can now rest easy that the local authority (Aberdeen City Council) will begin to roll out food waste collections to be sent to Keenan Recycling for processing into high grade compost.
Some more info on the process:
The new VCU in-vessel composting system is capable of converting 20,000 tonnes per annum of category 3 food waste, fish waste and commingled food/green waste into high value compost rich in plant nutrients. The process is similar to slow-cooking but is dependant upon aerobic microbial activity. No other heat source is required or allowed. If you have any of the waste types listed above you can reduce costs by having us recycle it rather than paying landfill costs and taxes. It is the environmentally friendly cost effective way to deal with food waste.
The second story, relates to how the end product can be used. As detailed on the CRNS news page:
Trials, conducted by Forestry Commission Scotland in partnership with WRAP, are designed to determine the commercial benefits of using quality compost in applications that range from soil improvement through to the establishment of woodland and biomass crops on brownfield land.
So, on the one hand, we have people making it their business to generate compost from household and commercial food waste and, on the other, we have people looking into what the best applications for the compost might be.
It’s an interesting time for large scale composting in Scotland. Will food waste in landfill be a thing of the past soon? Let’s hope so.
Don’t forget, if you want to compost your own food waste in your garden or allotment, you can apply for a discounted compost bin through our sister campaign. Click here for details.