Free Soil Improver Now Available at Bedford HWRC
Bedford Borough Council is pleased to announce that soil
improver made from the green waste that the council collects from
green lidded bins and at Barkers Lane Household Waste Recycling
Centre is now available to residents - completely free of
The garden waste from green lidded bins and Barkers Lane
Household Waste Recycling Centre is processed into an organic,
peat-free soil improver, at a local on-farm composting site at
Ravensden operated by Growing Beds Ltd. Green waste is sorted,
shredded and then composted in open windrows. The material is then
left to mature for up to 9 months before it is ready to be used as
a soil improver.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Recycling rates
are continuing to rise across Bedford Borough and this is a great
way of giving something back to residents who are working with us
by recycling their garden waste.
“Green waste that is collected in our green lidded kerbside bins
as well as taken to our Barkers Lane site is being turned into an
organic, nutrient-rich soil improver which can be used in gardens
and green spaces across Bedford Borough.
“This is another example of us working with local residents to
encourage them to recycle more and help the local environment.”
Growing Beds have recently obtained PAS 100 certification for
this material which has enabled the Council to make this new
facility available to residents. All residents need to do is visit
the HWRC at Barkers Lane and they can help themselves! The material
is available to any resident of Bedford Borough for use in their
garden. Simply bring a container or reusable sack as the soil
conditioner is loose in large containers.
So if you are looking for a blooming marvellous garden this
spring, what better way than using composted material collected
from your community. Not only will you be helping us make the most
of the waste we throw away but you’ll be helping to reduce our
carbon emissions too!
Anyone interested in collecting this soil improver will need to
bring a suitable carrying bag or bucket. It is also advisable to
bring a shovel for busier periods.
For further information visit www.bedford.gov.uk/recycling,
call 01234 267422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.