Green Waste Recycling

Our site is set up to receive only the following waste types, determined by the plant and equipment on site and the permit and exemptions granted by the Environment Agency. The 6 digit references are the EWC codes.

02 01 03 Plant tissue waste. This covers most of the biodegradable arisings from domestic gardens.Not including tree stumps > 30 cm across.
02 01 07 Wastes from forestry (comprising wood and plant tissue). This covers the waste arising from woodland operations, felling, thinning, pruning, etc. Not including tree stumps > 30 cm across.
03 01 05 Sawdust and shavings, from untreated wood from joinery shops.
15 01 03 Grade A waste wood, e.g. untreated pallets and packaging.
19 12 01 Paper and cardboard not containing non-biodegradable elements.
17 02 01 Grade C waste wood, i.e. fence panels and decking, free of metal components other than nails. We do not take and MDF, plywood, melamine faced chipboard, etc.
20 02 01 Biodegradable waste. This is similar to 02 01 03, but where the source is ‘municipal’ i.e. any commercial or public premises.

All of which we recycle to make useful products. The Environment Agency have granted us permit for the composting (permit number EPR/QP3190VU), and a T6 exemption for the wood fuel production.

The facility is popular with local landscape contractors and tree surgeons, who need somewhere to tip at the end of each job. However we also welcome larger consignments from waste transfer stations and site clearance jobs. The incoming waste is either shredded or chipped on site to produce compost for use on our farm, or biomass woodchip for sale.

Access to the tipping area is by a swipe card operated barrier, so that, once on our system, customers can tip at any time.

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The work area is concreted and floodlit, and the turn round time can be as little as 3 minutes. The visits are recorded automatically, and the record forms the basis of the detailed waste transfer note and invoice. The site is fully authorised by the Local Planning Authority, and the Environment Agency.

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Incoming waste is sorted daily to separate the contraries and larger pieces of wood.

The sorted waste is shredded once a week and then placed the sterilising bays.

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In the sterilising bays the material is aerated and watered and naturally heats up to > 65ºC. After about a week the material is moved to maturation windrows.

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Maturation windrows.

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On a weekly basis the windrows are turned.

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The matured compost is screened to remove the oversize.

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Compost taken to the field stockpile for spreading later.

To see how the compost is used, refer to the combinable crops section.

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