Composting is nature's way of recycling organic waste and enables a 'closed-loop' approach to producing a rich source of organic matter for plants and crops.
Open windrow composting facility
Biowise, our composting division, owns and operates a fully licensed open windrow composting site in Willerby processing approximately 50,000 tonnes per annum of organic waste from municipal and commercial & industrial (C&I) sources.
Green waste from local authorities and landscapers is processed separately producing a nutrient-rich compost certified to BSI PAS 100:2011 and Compost Quality Protocol standards for use in horticulture, agriculture, landscaping and land restoration. Please visit the Products section for more information.
Our composting process is subject to stringent monitoring and testing to ensure compliance with industry standards. This assures the end user that the compost is produced to the highest safety, reliability and quality standards.
In-vessel composting (IVC) facility
As part of our growth strategy, Biowise has been granted planning consent to build and operate a state of the art IVC facility to process up to 60,000 tonnes per annum of source segregated food and biodegradable waste. Please visit the Future Developments section for more information.
Garden Waste - how it is recycled from RecycleNow on Vimeo.
When garden waste is recycled it is transformed into nutrient rich soil conditioner. This can then be used in a range of different applications, such as for agriculture, for land reclamation and as an ingredient in some multi-purpose composts you can buy at a garden centre.
Most types of garden waste can be recycled, including bark, flowers, grass and hedge cuttings, leaves, plants, small branches, twigs and weeds. If you are unable to compost at home, you can take it to your local garden waste recycling point or put it into your garden waste collection scheme, if you have one, where it will then be taken to a central composting facility to be processed. Check with your council to see if you can recycle garden waste locally!
Food Waste - how it is recycled from RecycleNow on Vimeo.
The best thing that can happen to food is that it makes it to our plates and is enjoyed.
Avoiding throwing out food that could have been eaten will save you money and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, some food waste is inevitable; egg shells, banana skins and tea bags are never going to be on the menu.
Home composting is a great way to stop this sort of waste ending up in landfill, and our gardens will really thank us for it. If you live in an area that has a local food waste recycling collection service, you can use this to dispose of anything you can’t eat, or compost at home. It can be recycled into a good quality soil improver or fertiliser and even generate electricity that can be fed back into the national grid.