Five sites in the north east of England will use high quality green waste compost to regenerate brownfield land to produce renewable energy resources. The trailblazer schemes organised by the Waste & Resources Action Programme are part of the BioReGen project managed by the Clean Environment Management Centre (CLEMANCE) of the University of Teesside.
CLEMANCE spokesman Richard Lord explained: We specified green waste compost for the project as it is an ideal form of organic matter to help improve water retention and nutrient levels in poor quality soils. We chose to use quality PAS 100 compost as it is simple to source and safe to apply in sensitive situations. This means that the public can continue accessing the designated areas of our sites without any inconvenience to them.
We initially used PAS 100 compost in a pilot test in 2004, and found that it was a successful soil amendment in which to grow energy crops. It is also very good use of material that might otherwise be sent to landfill so its a double win for the environment.
A combination of four biomass crops will be planted on the sites, which include a former shipyard at Haverton Hill, a capped slag heap at Tees Barrage, a former coke works at Binchester, a former sewage works at Rainton Bridge and a former landfill at Warden Law.
Image: Green waste compost is deposited at Haverton Hill site