12th November, 2012
More than 80 businesses in Oxford have signed up to a food waste collection trial, in a bid to divert the waste away from landfill.
The trial sees food waste collected from the 88 businesses – including pubs, colleges and conference centres – and then sent to Agrivert’s anaerobic digestion plant in Cassington, near Witney. Oxfordshire county council offers the free trial to businesses for a period of three months after which time they can choose to transfer to the council’s chargeable waste scheme.
Work began on expanding the scheme at the beginning of the year, when 21 businesses were originally registered.
Councillor John Tanner, board member for a Cleaner, Greener Oxford, said: “The trial is going extremely well and well done to the 88 Oxford businesses and colleges that are using the scheme. Since the trial started in November 2011, the city council has collected 270 tonnes of food waste for re-processing which is fantastic news. That’s enough to generate 147,000 kilowatt hours of electricity.”
11th October 2012
Agrivert have donated compost for a new project between Oxford City Council and Divinity Road Area Residents’ Association Environmental Action Group.
A small group of keen environmental volunteers decided their streets needed smartening up and an injection of colour from natural plants was perfect for the job.
Working with support from Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire Waste Partnership, the group will be planting up ‘tree pits’ in the chicanes around Southfield Road.
The compost for the tree pits was made using green waste and food waste from Oxfordshire residents, which is composted by Agrivert at four compost sites throughout the county.
Harry Waters Agrivert’s commercial director says: “This is exactly the type of community event that we like to support. Anything that we can do to show the positive benefits of composting will help make Oxfordshire an even greener county!”
As well as using locally recycled compost, the tree pit frames themselves are recycled out of old pallets from Oxford City Council’s Marsh Road depot.
6th October, 2012
Agrivert donated 30 tonnes of compost to Cherwell District Council for their annual compost giveaway in October. This resulted in a staggering 2,500 bags of compost being given away during the popular three day event, at locations in Kidlington, Bicester, and Banbury.
Cherwell’s lead member for clean and green, Councillor Nigel Morris, said: “How often do you get something for free? “This is our way of saying thank you to all of those residents who have worked so hard to recycle their food and garden waste in the past year. This compost is an ideal soil conditioner, full of nutrients and free-draining to help prevent plant roots from becoming waterlogged.”
Cherwell’s residents were limited to one bag per household, and members of the council’s recycling team were also on hand to answer questions.
Harry Waters, Agrivert’s commercial director said “Agrivert are delighted to support this annual event, which has always proved popular with Cherwell residents. Putting compost made from residents’ old food and garden waste back onto the gardens where it came from is a perfect way to demonstrate the recycling loop!”
Also in October, Agrivert provided compost for a number of community compost give away projects organised by the Community Action Group Project and Oxfordshire Waste Partnership. Compost was made available at four different locations throughout the county.
At one of the events, organised by Eynsham Green TEA and the Allotment Association, about 120 people came to collect free compost with wheelbarrows, bags, shovels and spades. The large pile soon shrank as determined growers dug in. Hard working allotment holders who had been clearing ditches and laying down gravel in the morning working party were the first off – a just reward for their labours!