In-Vessel Composting facility gets 'green' light1st Jun 2009
Biowise has been granted full planning consent for a £3.5m state of the art in-vessel composting (IVC) facility at its Willerby site near Hull. There are currently around 40 IVC facilities already in operation around the UK, but it is estimated that 3 to 4 times that number is required to meet national landfill diversion targets.
The facility will process up to 60,000 tonnes of combined kitchen and garden waste every year, saving local authorities and businesses hundreds of thousands of pounds in landfill taxes, increasing recycling rates and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The end product will be a compost of the highest quality to meet British Standards for use in agriculture, horticulture and landscaping as an organic peat free alternative to artificial fertilisers.
The IVC itself will be a fully enclosed building within the former Little Weighton railway cutting; it will use proven technology to control and monitor the composting process as well as ensuring noise and odour levels are kept to an absolute minimum. “Our systems and processes will be subject to strict rules and regulations to protect against any risk of vermin or contamination” said James Landau, Managing Director of Biowise. “The initiative will give an important boost to the local economy, both in terms of jobs and commercial opportunities for local agriculture and industry”.