Buckland opens organic-waste recycling facility

BBC Gardeners' World presenter Toby Buckland has opened Glendale's new purpose-built composting site in Exeter.

Verdia Horticulture, a joint venture company between Glendale Managed Services and the TEG Group, has built the new organic- waste composting facility.

The composting site will produce amenity horticulture products including topdressing, peat substitute for growing media and slow-release amenity fertiliser for sports pitches, golf courses and the like.

The site - called Hill Barton - will accept a range of materials for composting, including green garden waste, vegetable waste, catering waste and food waste.

Buckland explained: "Landfilling organic waste in the 21st century is completely unsustainable and the composting methods illustrated here provide an excellent alternative."

Verdia board director Nick Temple-Heald commented: "The Hill Barton site offers Verdia a new and exciting opportunity to expand its recycling activities and also provides the ideal complementary activity to Glendale's existing Devon-based green-waste composting operations.

He added: "This closes the loop of biodegradable-waste management by developing horticultural products from organic wastes and returning the new products to high-quality end use in our local parks and gardens."

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