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Revolutionary green waste collections are a success

Green waste collections could be revolutionised following a successful trial project in Bexley, part of a £1.5 million study into composting practices.

The successful project used specially designed aerobic bins with biodegradable paper bags that helped reduce smells, flies and cleaning.

Households were provided with a small kitchen bin and a wheelie bin, both with vents and spacers. Up to 5.2kg of organic waste per household per week was diverted from the residual waste stream as a result of the scheme.

Separating organic waste from retail outlets proved to be more difficult, as a trial at Gatwick airport found. The high turnover of staff meant continual training was necessary to reduce contamination of organic waste from other types of waste.

The study was funded through the SITA trust, through the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme. Named the Integrated Composting Programme (ICP), it was made up of a series of seven projects, aimed at examining different areas of the composting chain such as methods of collecting organic waste, setting up different types of composting facilities and investigating potential end-markets.

All the projects were set up from scratch, and the report details costs and how to set up the schemes, providing useful advice for those setting up or running a composting scheme.

For full report see www.integratedcomposting.org

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