Wastewise has recently donated approx. 12 tons of PAS100 Compost to the Over Allotments Association, an allotment site in Winsford, Cheshire, located just 8 miles from Wastewise’s depot in Crewe. Our contribution has been warmly received by the association, underscoring Wastewise’s commitment to nurturing local communities and sustainable practices.
The Over Allotments Association, an integral part of Winsford since 1924, has evolved from a modest plot of land to a vibrant community garden, often celebrated as Winsford’s Secret Garden. It serves as a communal space where residents can engage in growing fresh, organic produce, sharing allotment gardening tips, and fostering a deep connection with nature. Over its nearly a century-long history, it has become a hub for community engagement, hosting numerous events and welcoming hundreds of members passionate about gardening and sustainable living.
Wastewise’s donation aligns perfectly with the association’s mission to promote organic gardening and community spirit. The PAS100 Compost, a product of rigorous composting standards, will greatly enhance the fertility of the allotment plots, enabling members to cultivate an even richer variety of produce and flowers.
Wastewise actively supports the communities where it operates, reflecting its commitment to sustainability. By donating to Over Allotments Association, Wastewise promotes environmental care and community collaboration, aiming for a greener future through practical actions.
The Over Allotments Association, with its rich history and dedication to community and sustainability, represents an ideal partner in this endeavour. Their ongoing efforts to provide a space for communal growth, education, and environmental stewardship are bolstered by Wastewise’s contribution, setting a shining example of how collaboration can lead to meaningful environmental and social benefits.
If you operate a community garden scheme near one of our areas of operation and are looking for a donation of PAS100 Compost to enhance the fertility of your allotment plots, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Wastewise, part of the Urbaser Group, is pleased to announce the award of a major contract with Wigan Council. The contract, set to commence early February 2024, involves the transportation and processing of mixed food and garden waste. Spanning an initial term of three years, with options for extensions for two periods of two years and one year, respectively, it is estimated the contract will facilitate the return of approximately 9,000 tonnes of compost per year back into the network, contributing to Wigan Council’s sustainability and environmental conservation efforts.
Under this new agreement, Wastewise will be responsible for collecting and processing approximately 28,000 tonnes of organic waste each year at its state-of-the-art in-vessel composting (IVC) facility in Crewe. The award of the contract, valued at £1.2 million annually, is an endorsement of Wastewise’s commitment to excellence, customer service, competitiveness and consistency.
Bob Wilkes, Managing Director of Wastewise, said, “Since the completion of our Crewe facility, focusing on this tender has been a key objective for us, so we are delighted to have been awarded the contract. It is a natural fit for the site, especially considering its existing role in handling much of the organic waste from the neighbouring Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
“We very much look forward to working with the team at Wigan Council, providing them with a waste management solution that is both environmentally sustainable and offers excellent value for money.”
The Crewe IVC facility, a cornerstone of Wastewise’s operations, has quickly become a vital centre for local authority organics waste processing in the North West since it commenced operations in 2019. It utilises the industry-leading GICOM in-vessel composting system, along with outdoor aerated static composting and screening operations. This advanced infrastructure not only meets rigorous industry standards but also provides a safe and economically viable approach to co-mingled organic waste recycling. Capable of handling up to 90,000 tonnes of food and garden waste annually, the facility exemplifies Wastewise’s proficiency in managing large-scale local authority waste management contracts.
Paul Barton, Director for Environment at Wigan Council, said, “This contract will ensure that food and garden waste from our borough is treated in a sustainable way; composted and going back into the cycle of food production, along with other exciting uses.
“By helping our residents to recycle as effectively as possible and ensuring that recycling is processed well here in the northwest, we are able to do our part for the planet while also achieving good value for money for our taxpayers through this competitive contract. ”
Over 95% of the waste processed at the Crewe IVC facility is recycled into BSI PAS 100 certified compost. This high-quality peat replacement compost is then used in various sectors, including horticulture, agriculture, and landscaping. The overall environmental sustainability credentials of the facility will be further enhanced later on this spring when the adjacent 4.1MW solar array is energised, servicing 60% of the site’s energy needs.
Last week marked a significant milestone for Wastewise as the company successfully passed the audit for transitioning from version 4 to version 5 of the Competency Management System (CMS) developed by EU Skills. This accomplishment is not just a procedural update; it represents a significant shift in how Wastewise approaches compliance and competency in the waste management industry.
The CMS is an important framework in the waste management sector, providing a structured approach to managing and assessing the competencies of individuals and organisations in this field. The transition from CMS version 4 to version 5 is another step towards a more robust, comprehensive, and effective way of ensuring that Wastewise continues to meet the high standards required in waste management.
Historically, compliance in the waste management industry often relied on individuals holding a WAMITAB qualification—a widely recognised certification indicating expertise in waste management. The role of WAMITAB has been crucial in setting industry standards. Individuals holding a WAMITAB qualification were often seen as a benchmark for competency in waste management. These qualifications cover a wide range of areas within waste management, including operational, supervisory, and managerial roles. They ensure that workers understand not only the practical aspects of waste management but also the regulatory and environmental implications of their work.
However, with the transition to the CMS by organisations like Wastewise, there is a shift in how competency is measured and maintained within the industry. While WAMITAB qualifications remain important, the emphasis now also includes organisational responsibility. Under the CMS, companies are directly accountable for ensuring compliance with environmental permits and regulations, not just the individuals within the organisation.
Wastewise’s successful audit represents our forward-thinking approach to environmental responsibility and corporate governance in waste management. As the industry continues to evolve, our commitment to staying at the forefront of compliance and competency standards helps set a benchmark for others in the sector.
A special nod must be given to our dedicated Compliance Team, led by Stacey Allen, and the site teams that passed the inspection. Their hard work, expertise, and commitment played a crucial role in achieving this milestone.
For those interested in learning more about the CMS and its implications for the waste management industry, a wealth of information is available on the EU Skills website.
Wastewise is pleased to announce that Mike Ward, Transport Manager, is expanding his role within the company, embracing additional responsibilities as the Business Development Lead. This new chapter in Mike’s career at Wastewise represents a significant step in both his professional growth and the company’s evolution.
Mike’s background is deeply rooted in the transport sector, particularly in the petroleum industry, with roles spanning from driving to transport management. His experience in the banking sector, focusing on transport, construction, and notably, the recycling sector, has provided him with a unique perspective of the industry. This experience has been instrumental in building a strong working relationship with the team at Wastewise, earning him the trust of the Directors, who he acknowledges for showing such excellent leadership and allowing him the opportunity to drive forward as Business Development Lead.
Mike, who joined Wastewise last year, quickly recognised the importance of diversifying the company’s customer base to stay competitive in the dynamic and fast-paced sector. This insight was a driving force behind a broader, long-term strategy aimed at expanding the Transport Division, an ongoing endeavour that Wastewise continues to actively pursue.
This growth strategy has been further supported by the appointment of Nicola Gill as the Transport Planner. Her role has been instrumental in enabling Mike to shift his attention more towards business development.
Nicola, who became part of the Wastewise team as Transport Planner in September 2023, has a diverse background that began in a timber import company. Her journey there saw her rise through the ranks to oversee transport coordination. Her career advancement continued as she earned her CPC Transport Manager qualification, a credential that perfectly positioned her to provide valuable support to Mike and the team.
Nicola’s responsibilities at Wastewise are essential to the smooth operation of the transport division, encompassing job bookings with customers, planning with drivers, and managing vehicle maintenance schedules. She also addresses challenges, such as managing urgent jobs at short notice when there might be limited driver availability, a key factor in enabling Mike to dedicate his efforts towards enhancing Wastewise’s business growth and development.
This synergy between Mike and Nicola, even in the short time they have worked together, has already made a significant impact on the business. Together, they form an impressive team, poised to guide both the transport and business development sectors of Wastewise towards a trajectory of ongoing success and innovative growth.
Wastewise delivers professional and reliable total waste management services in Hull, East Yorkshire, and North Lincolnshire. We provide a comprehensive suite of solutions, covering everything from segregation and collection to recycling and recovery. With Wastewise, you’re not just getting a service, but a partner dedicated to high service levels. To meet your specific needs, we offer a full range of skips, bins, and containers, all collected promptly and reliably at your convenience. For more information or to discuss your waste management needs, feel free to contact Mike, who’s always ready to assist.
In the world of sustainable waste management, knowing what materials can and cannot be composted is key to environmental stewardship. Today, we delve into a topic crucial for anyone involved in composting, especially those utilising in-vessel composting (IVC) facilities: the list of prohibited plants. Understanding this list is not just about following guidelines; it’s about contributing effectively to the cycle of sustainability and ensuring the quality and safety of our composting efforts. Let’s explore why certain plants are prohibited at IVC facilities and what that means for your composting practices.
Why Certain Plants are Prohibited in IVC Facilities
IVC facilities play a pivotal role in converting organic waste into nutrient-rich compost. However, not all plants are suitable for this process. Prohibited plants can be classified into three main categories:
Invasive Species: Plants like Japanese Knotweed, Kudzu, and Himalayan Balsam can survive the composting process, leading to potential ecological imbalances if they re-enter the environment.
Diseased Plants: To prevent the spread of diseases, plants showing signs of infection such as blight or mildew are not accepted.
Toxic Plants: Species like Poison Ivy or Poison Oak can cause health hazards during handling and processing.
Impact on Composting and the Environment
Including prohibited plants in composting at IVC facilities can significantly impact both the composting process and the broader environment. This impact goes beyond just the immediate surroundings; it can have lasting effects on local ecosystems and the overall quality of the compost produced.
One of the primary concerns is the survival of these prohibited plants through the composting process. Many invasive species, for instance, are incredibly resilient. Their seeds or spores can remain viable even after undergoing the high-temperature phases of in-vessel composting. When this compost is later used in gardens, landscapes, or agricultural fields, it can lead to the unintended spread of these invasive species. This spread is not just a nuisance; it can disrupt local flora and fauna, outcompeting native plants and altering habitats.
The issue of disease transmission is another critical aspect. Plants afflicted with diseases, when included in the compost mix, can become sources of widespread contamination. The pathogens can survive the composting process, especially if the process is not optimally managed. This leads to a scenario where the resulting compost, meant to enrich the soil, instead becomes a vehicle for spreading plant diseases. The impact here can be extensive, affecting not just individual gardens but also impacting agricultural productivity and plant biodiversity.
Finally, the inclusion of toxic plants in the compost mix poses direct health risks. Plants like Poison Ivy or Poison Oak contain oils that can cause severe allergic reactions in humans. During the composting process, workers handling this material are at risk. Moreover, if these toxins are not adequately broken-down during composting, they can remain in the final product, posing risks to the end-users of the compost. Gardeners, farmers, and others who use the compost may unknowingly expose themselves to these harmful substances, leading to health issues and potentially rendering the compost unsafe for use.
Alternatives and Solutions
Dealing with prohibited plants requires thoughtful consideration and appropriate action, ensuring they don’t harm the environment or disrupt the composting process. Fortunately, there are several alternatives and solutions for managing these plants responsibly.
One effective approach is to reach out to local environmental agencies. These organisations are equipped with the knowledge and resources to guide you on the safest and most environmentally friendly ways to dispose of such plants. They can provide specific instructions based on the type of plant and the local ecosystem, ensuring that any disposal methods used do not inadvertently contribute to the spread of invasive species or diseases.
Another avenue is to participate in or initiate community programs focused on invasive species control. Many communities have programs in place to manage and mitigate the spread of non-native plants that can disrupt local ecosystems. These programs often offer collection services for such plants or provide guidance on how to safely remove and dispose of them. By participating in these initiatives, you not only ensure proper disposal of prohibited plants but also contribute to a larger community effort in preserving local biodiversity.
In addition to these methods, practicing preventive gardening is a crucial step. This involves being vigilant about the plants you choose for your garden and staying informed about which species are considered invasive or problematic in your area. By selecting plants wisely and monitoring your garden regularly for any signs of these unwanted species, you can prevent their growth and spread. This proactive approach not only reduces the burden of dealing with prohibited plants later but also contributes to a healthier and more sustainable garden ecosystem.
At Wastewise, we’re committed to sustainable composting practices. Understanding and adhering to the list of prohibited plants is a step towards responsible environmental stewardship. For more information on sustainable waste management and composting tips, visit www.wastewise.co.uk.
Green waste compost is an organic matter that has been broken down and recycled as a soil amendment and a natural fertiliser. In this guide, we’ll explore what makes it a gardener’s gold and how it is an integral part of sustainable living. At Wastewise, where we excel in in-vessel composting, green waste compost transcends beyond being merely a product — it embodies our commitment to fostering a more sustainable future.
What is Green Waste Compost?
Green waste compost is the product of decomposed organic material, primarily derived from garden trimmings, leaves, branches, grass clippings, and other plant-based materials. It is a key element of organic gardening, acting as a soil conditioner, a fertiliser, and a natural pesticide for soil. The process of creating green waste compost is a natural way of recycling organic waste into a valuable resource for improving garden health.
What are the benefits?
Using green waste compost has numerous benefits:
Soil Improvement: It enriches the soil, improves its structure, and helps with water retention.
Nutrient-Rich: It is teeming with essential nutrients that plants need to thrive.
Eco-Friendly: It reduces the need for chemical fertilisers, which can be harmful to the environment.
Waste Reduction: Composting green waste significantly cuts down the amount of waste sent to landfills. Which would otherwise produce Methane 10x more potent than CO2.
Carbon sequestration – studies show up to 200kg of CO2 is locked away into stable carbon containing compounds for every tonne of green waste composted.
The In-Vessel Composting edge
Our in-vessel composting technique takes green waste recycling to the next level. In-vessel composting is an advanced and controlled method that accelerates the breakdown of organic material in an enclosed environment. This method offers numerous advantages:
Speed: The composting process is much faster compared to traditional methods.
Year-Round Operation: Our in-vessel composting systems function effectively in all weather conditions.
Control: We can closely monitor and control the composting environment, ensuring high-quality green waste compost.
Reduction in Odours and Pests: Being an enclosed system, it minimises odours and deters pests.
How Does Green Waste Composting Work?
The journey of green waste compost is an interesting one:
Collection: Green waste material is gathered from residential and commercial sources.
Processing: It’s then shredded and prepared for composting.
Composting Phase: The green waste is placed into our in-vessel composting systems where microorganisms break it down.
Maturation: Finally, the compost is allowed to mature until it’s ready to provide nutrition to new life.
Using Green Waste Compost
Green waste compost can be used in many ways:
In Gardens: Mix it into garden beds to boost plant health.
For Landscaping: It’s ideal for preparing lawns and landscapes.
On Farms: It serves as a sustainable soil amendment for agriculture.
As a company dedicated to providing top-tier in-vessel composting services, we are at the forefront of environmentally responsible waste management. We stand by our commitment to creating a sustainable future, one batch of green waste compost at a time.
Green waste compost represents a simple yet profound solution for organic waste. By turning what would be trash into treasure, we play a part in nurturing the planet. Our in-vessel composting process ensures that your green waste is transformed into high-quality compost, ready to support the next cycle of growth. Get in touch for more information, or to speak to a member of our sales team.
It feels like Christmas has come early at Wastewise! We are thrilled to announce the installation of a brand-new, high-efficiency TSS 390 Shredder at our In-vessel Composting facility in Crewe, just in time for the busy festive season.
The new TSS 390 shredder is adept at handling a significant tonnage of organic material per hour, providing consistent size reduction that facilitate the composting process. It will be used at the beginning of the process at our Crewe facility, shredding food and garden waste before they are mixed in the reception hall prior to being placed in our enclosed, forced aerated tunnels for between 5 to 10 days to ensure the compost is fully sanitised and pathogen free. Following this process, the compost is then stabilised and matured on an outdoor aerated pad for up to 5 weeks prior to being graded into different end products.
Importance of a Shredder in Composting
The use of a shredder in composting is an important stage of the process. It increases the surface area of the food/garden waste, which is vital for microbial activity. The smaller, shredded materials allow microbes to access and decompose the waste more efficiently, significantly speeding up the composting process. This not only results in quicker compost production but also enhances the quality of the compost, making it richer and more nutritious for soil enrichment.
The TSS 390 Shredder
The TSS 390 shredder was supplied by Terex Ecotec, an industry leader renowned for their expertise in the design and manufacture of wood processing, biomass, and recycling equipment. Terex Ecotec’s reputation for producing durable, high-quality machinery makes them an ideal partner for Wastewise, as we continually seek the best solutions for sustainable waste management.
Terex Ecotec’s TSS 390 shredder stands out for its robust design and advanced technology and large volume throughput, ensuring efficient processing of compost material. This shredder is specifically engineered to handle the rigorous demands of our IVC facility, providing unparalleled reliability and performance.
By integrating the TSS 390 shredder into our operations, we’re not only equipped to handle a wider range of materials, further enhancing our composting capabilities, we’re also reinforcing our commitment to innovative, eco-friendly solutions in waste management.
J&B Bio Limited SPV, a joint venture between J&B Recycling and Wastewise, both subsidiaries of the Urbaser Group, is proud to announce a 5-year extension of their existing contracts with Hull City Council, extending the partnership until 31st March 2030. This decision marks a continuation of the successful waste management services J&B Bio has provided since the commencement of the original 10-year contract in April 2015.
J&B Bio holds two contracts with the Council. The first focuses on handling recyclable household materials from around 112,000 residences in Hull. Annually, this entails managing 22,000 tonnes of materials, including cans, glass, plastic bottles, newspapers, and cardboard. The process involves the collection of these recyclables by Hull City Council vehicles, their consolidation at a local transfer station, and subsequent collection and transport by J&B Bio for sorting at J&B Recycling’s facilities in Hartlepool.
Vikki Jackson-Smith, Managing Director of J&B Recycling is delighted that the contract has been extended. She said, “This extension of our contracts with Hull City Council marks a significant milestone for J&B Recycling. Our collaborative efforts with Wastewise and the council have yielded remarkable results. We are thrilled to continue this journey, furthering our positive impact on environmental sustainability and community well-being. Our focus remains on innovating and improving our recycling processes, ensuring the highest standards of service for the residents of Hull.”
The second contract extension includes the processing of garden and kitchen waste. Wastewise, will handle approximately 20,000 tonnes of organic waste annually at their in-vessel composting (IVC) facility in Willerby, converting it into high-quality compost for horticultural and agricultural use.
Bob Wilkes, Managing Director of Wastewise, commented, “We are immensely proud to continue our partnership with Hull City Council alongside J&B Recycling. This contract extension is a testament to our joint commitment to sustainable waste management and our dedication to the community. Wastewise remains committed to delivering efficient, environmentally friendly waste processing solutions and we look forward to further enhancing our services and contributing to the region’s green initiatives.”
Since the initial contract, J&B Bio has provided uninterrupted and high-quality waste management services. The collaboration has led to significant improvements in material quality, including better compaction levels, lower moisture content, and reduced contamination.
Doug Sharp, Head of Street Cleansing and Waste Management at Hull City Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted to extend our contracts with J&B Bio for another five years. Both contracts have continued to deliver high-performing services that support the council’s environmental priorities. We look forward to continuing our ongoing partnership.”
Drawing on the combined strengths and experience of J&B Recycling and Wastewise, J&B Bio is positioned to provide innovative waste management solutions across England and Scotland, demonstrating a strong commitment to sustainable practices.
As the festive season approaches, the concept of eco-friendly celebrations is gaining momentum. One of the key aspects of this green revolution is the use of compostable Christmas decorations. In this article, we explore various ideas and tips for incorporating compostable decorations into your Christmas festivities, aligning with the increasingly popular trend of sustainable living.
Why Choose Compostable Decorations?
Compostable Christmas decorations are not only environmentally friendly, but they also offer a creative and unique touch to your holiday decor. By opting for compostable options, you contribute to reducing waste, minimising your carbon footprint, and supporting sustainable practices.
DIY Compostable Decor Ideas
Homemade compostable decorations are not just eco-friendly, they’re also a fun way to engage with family and friends. Here are a few fun DIY ideas, which can make a really festive impact on your home.
Natural Compostable Wreath
A circular frame (create one from flexible branches like willow or grapevine).
Greenery (such as pine branches, holly, eucalyptus, or any other compostable foliage).
Additional natural decorations (like pine cones, dried orange slices, cinnamon sticks, and berries).
Use natural twine instead of floral wire.
Create the Base: Shape your flexible branches into a circle and secure the ends with twine.
Attach Greenery: Take your greenery and attach it to the frame with twine. Start from one point and work around the circle, ensuring that each new bunch overlaps the stems of the previous one to hide the wire/twine.
Add Decorations: Once the greenery is in place, add your pine cones, dried orange slices, cinnamon sticks, and berries. Secure these with additional twine.
Hang Your Wreath: Attach a piece of twine for hanging, or simply use the frame itself to hang the wreath.
Fabric Ribbons from Natural Fibres
Natural fibre fabric (like cotton or hemp)
Natural dye (optional)
Cut the Fabric: Cut the fabric into long strips of your desired width for ribbons.
Optional Dyeing: If you wish to colour your ribbons, use natural dyes made from berries, beets, or other natural sources.
Use as Decor: Tie your fabric ribbons around your tree, wreath, or use them to wrap gifts.
Paper Stars and Garlands
Recycled or biodegradable paper
Natural twine or thread
Instructions for Paper Stars:
Cut Star Shapes: Cut the paper into star shapes. You can fold the paper to cut symmetrical stars.
String the Stars: Punch a small hole at one point of each star and string them onto the twine.
Instructions for Paper Garlands:
Cut Paper Strips: Cut long strips of paper.
Create Paper Rings: Form the strips into loops and secure them by stapling or gluing the ends. Loop each new strip through the previous one to create a chain effect.
Purchasing Compostable Decorations
For those who prefer ready-made options, there are numerous eco-friendly brands offering compostable Christmas decorations. Look for decorations made from materials like bamboo, recycled paper, or natural fabrics.
Post-Christmas, ensure your compostable decorations are disposed of correctly. Composting them is a fantastic way to return nutrients to the earth and close the loop in your sustainable holiday cycle.
Compostable Christmas decorations are a wonderful way to celebrate the festive season while being kind to our planet. They can be a fun family activity and are a great way to involve children in learning about sustainability during the holiday season. Remember, the key is to use materials that can be easily composted or recycled after the holidays, ensuring a green and environmentally friendly celebration.
By choosing sustainable decor options, you’re playing a part in preserving the environment for future generations. Embrace this eco-friendly trend and make your Christmas a green, compostable celebration!