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Viridor West Sussex staff mark International Compost Awareness Week

Posted on 6 May 2014

Green-fingered staff from Viridor’s Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) in West Sussex rolled up their sleeves to demonstrate the use of ‘Reclaim’ at a local allotment site this week, marking the start of International Compost Awareness Week.

The recipients of the 10 tonnes of nutritious soil conditioner were the Stopham Plotters Association, a local community group that has recently taken over the running of the ‘Grow Your Own Plots’ allotment site behind Pulborough Garden Centre.

Viridor and their specialist compost partners Olus Composting and the Woodhorn Group work together to turn the garden waste received at West Sussex’s 11 HWRSs into a high grade soil conditioner product called ‘Reclaim’.

Armed with spades and barrows, Viridor staff and allotment holders worked together to make a new raised bed at the entrance of the allotment site using the Reclaim material. This was then transformed into a fully planted bee-friendly flower bed by the children of St. Mary’s CofE Aided Primary School in Pulborough who came along to help make the day a truly community event.

Jen Hake Viridor’s Education and Customer Relations Manager commented “It’s great to show what can be achieved by recycling West Sussex’s very own garden waste. Manufacturing Reclaim compost from garden waste is a practical example of a close loop system which also supports buying locally too.”

Sian Whiteley of the Stopham Plotters said “We are grateful to Viridor for helping us with this project. We have been pleasantly surprised at the quality of Reclaim too. We’d like to thank Pulborough Garden Centre for donating the plants and the children of St. Mary’s for helping settle them into their new home in our raised bed.”

Nick Hawthorn, Director of Olus and Heritage Products, said “We are happy to donate the Sleepers and Compost to this community project. Creating compost from the green waste that comes into us is a key part of diverting waste from Landfill. The Compost produced is of the highest quality and meets all PAS 100 Standards.”  

West Sussex’s HWRSs are open from 8am to 7pm weekdays and from 9pm to 7pm on weekends (except Midhurst which operates 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Saturday only) and all HWRSs stock Reclaim soil conditioner (except East Grinstead where it is available from Imberhorne Nursery adjacent to the HWRS).

Garden waste such as shrub prunings, branches, grass cuttings, leaves, weeds and anything else residents don’t have the room to compost at home are all accepted free of charge at the 11 HWRSs in partnership with West Sussex County Council. 

29,023 tonnes of garden waste was received across West Sussex’s HWRSs and composted last year and made into ‘Reclaim’ soil conditioner which has been awarded the quality standard PAS 100.