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The Sustainable Compost Market Finally Gets Started?

Viridor responds to good demand for compost in South West

Viridor Waste Management could build up to three new composting plants in Somerset and Devon – responding to the huge demand for compost in the region and new council food waste collections.

The Taunton-based waste firm, which already runs three in-vessel composting sites in Devon and Somerset as well as three open windrow composting sites in Somerset, is already developing firm plans for a new in-vessel facility at Great Torrington, Devon.

‘It is the only way we will be able to keep pace with the demand for compost as we have already got a year-long waiting list.’ – Richard Griffith, Viridor

It is also considering further sites in Torquay and Plymouth, which would use state-of-the-art technology to compost both kitchen and garden waste collected in the South West.
Demand
The move follows a huge demand for compost seen from farmers in the region, where there is a particular need for extra nutrients for the soils. Viridor produces around 40,000 tonnes of compost each year at in-vessel facilities in Dimmer, Somerset, and at Uffculme and Heathfield in Devon. But the company has already sold out of its compost a full year in advance.

Richard Griffith, organics sales manager at Viridor Waste Management, said: “One facility is planned for Great Torrington and we are in preliminary talks with Torquay and Plymouth. It is the only way we will be able to keep pace with the demand for compost as we have already got a year-long waiting list.”

The Waster: This must be very good news for the composting market. Finally the quality and value of the product seems to be winning out.

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