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Gardens revived by your leftovers
4:02pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
RECYCLED food waste from Bury is now being sold as compost.
All the food and garden waste collected from homes in the borough is currently processed at In-Vessel Composting facilities (IVC) in Rochdale, Stockport and Trafford.
In-Vessel Composting works the same way as a home compost bin but on a massive scale.
Up to 175,000 tonnes of food and garden waste — from all the authorities in Greater Manchester — is processed at the facilities each year, from leftover meat and vegetables to grass cuttings and twigs to tea bags. The turnaround is completed in just six weeks And the finished product — called Revive — has now been made available to buy from selected locations in 20L bags for £1.50, and and 40L bags for £2.84.
Andrew Bewicke, area manager at waste company Viridor, said: “Thanks to Greater Manchester residents, we are able to make Revive compost.
“To ensure we continue to make high quality compost, residents can help by simply recycling all of their food and garden waste and ensure they use compostable liners for their food waste, not plastic bags.”
Councillor Neil Swannick, chairman of Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, said: “Up to 50 per cent of the waste produced in Greater Manchester’s households is either from the garden or the kitchen.
“Not only can residents see the result of all their efforts of recycling by turning what would have been waste into a valuable resource, it is also helping to divert waste from landfill and is a perfect example of closing the loop of recycling.”
For more information: visit recycleforgreatermanchester.com.
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