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COMPOSTING SCHEME

Resource

Large amounts of forest residue and community green waste are available in the locality. The Council are charged with reducing the amount of green waste which is landfilled. The community composting can be accommodated on a site which may otherwise be regarded as an eyesore (eg. abandoned quarry, reclaimed refuse site etc.).

Present situation

Gwynedd Council contractors are seeking ways to avoid green waste going to land fill sites and thereby incurring land fill tax costs. Forest Enterprise are faced with disposing of thousands of tonnes of forest residue. Roadside green wastes are often chipped or shredded and left on site, thus mulching out regenerating local species (primrose). There is currently no serious, coherent attempt to recycle green waste in the locality.

Intention

Composting is a vital part of the Tree Cycle and a badly needed local facility. The composting scheme would provide an opportunity for a sustainable business with excellent prospects for growth. It is able to both provide a service to the local community in that it caters for the disposal of green waste and also produces a valuable, saleable product in the form of compost. It fulfils government objectives with regard to reducing the amount of green waste currently going to landfill and would be in line to receive a proportion of the landfill tax in payment for its services. The composting branch also receives waste materials from most of the other branches which it process to create a variety of saleable products, including mulch, shred and wood chip (paths, all weather surfaces) as well as compost. There are also opportunities to develop worm compost systems and harvest worms as an additional yield. This branch provides materials for the nursery and planting branches in particular. In cooperation with these branches it allows the creation of diverse plant systems for enhancing the value of its own site and the other branches’ sites.

Summary points

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