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Waste management duo buys County Mulch out of administration

Composting products manufacturer County Mulch and its assets has been acquired by a partnership between waste management companies Countrystyle Group and Material Change.

County Mulch, which produces a wide range of composting products, including bark-based mulches and soil improvers, was acquired out of administration.

The agreement will see Material Change take over County Mulch’s Corby and Creeting operations, while Countrystyle controls facilities in Stanton and Tempsford. Four of the facilities operate in-vessel composting systems, while the Creeting site has an open windrow composting and bark processing facility.

The acquisition will grow Countrystyle’s composting sites in the south and east of England to nine, and add a combined capacity of more than 115,000 tonnes a year of organic waste to the company. Material Change will see the number of operating sites rise to seven in the Midlands, with an extra 60,000 tonnes of processing capacity at Corby.

In a joint statement, Material Change managing director Ed Bastow and Countrystyle managing dirctor Mat Stewart said: “The purchase of these operating sites is a tremendous step forward for both companies.

“The development of food waste processing and anaerobic digestion plants is a strategic aim for both parties, and these new sites allow us to offer well-placed facilities to deliver various green and food waste mix options to local authorities and businesses in the region.”

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