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Street cleaning waste turns to compost

A local authority in Yorkshire has achieved its aim of converting 1,000 tonnes of street cleaning waste into quality useable compost. It was five months ago when MRW first reported that Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council was trialling the scheme, with the intention of using the compost to improve the local environment. Recycling Action Yorkshire funded the project to the tune of £20,000. Parks and street section support services manager Mark Dempsey said: It is a fantastic journey we have been on and we have got really good results and good quality compost. During one event the council held, we managed to cause gridlock in Halifax because we were giving out the compost to the public for free and everybody had heard about how good it was. We have actually produced desirable compost which can be used for many things including turf or compost to plant flowers in. The compost has been used in Wellholme Park, Brighouse, and other parks in the Calderdale area. More than 250 volunteers, including schoolchildren and office workers have helped spread the compost on the park: With our team building days, we have allowed people from offices who do not normally get outside much to get mucky and wet. Dempsey hopes that the scheme will expand next year: We will continue with what we have done already and if we can provide better composting shortcuts we could potentially produce 5,000 tonnes of compost next time.

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