Green waste from households across two Derbyshire boroughs which has been turned into soil improver by an Ilkeston company is being used to boost local gardening projects.
Stanton Recycling has given the product to help three schools, a hospice care scheme and horticultural students.
It is to help green-fingered gardeners pack a punch of nutrients when they prepare displays that give pleasure to others.
Stanton Recycling, based at The Old Iron Works, Crompton Road, provides a comprehensive range of recycling and waste disposal solutions across Derby and Nottinghamshire. This includes taking in green kerbsite collection waste from thousands of homes in Erewash and Amber Valley which, after a process lasting 10 weeks, produces PAS100 soil improver.
That is bought by a commercial company operating nationally though individuals and organisations also buy it directly from the company’s site.
The company recently gave more than £1,000 worth of the organic improver to the five projects, delivered by Ilkeston firm KRM Building Supplies.
Improver was given to Hallam Field Junior School, Ilkeston, Kirk Hallam Community Academy, Firfield Primary School, Breaston, Treetops Hospice Care at Risley, where it was used on a new raised bed on which day visitors can grow vegetables, and Derby College at Broomfield, Morley.
As well as being used by their horticultural students in the gardens it is being used to support an exhibit at the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society show at Chatsworth in June. Their show garden, called Find Yourself…Lost in the Moment… promotes the physical and mental health benefits of being a volunteer gardener. Forty volunteers have worked on it for months.
Head gardener Sam Harvey said: “We are very grateful to have this donation of soil improver which will raise the quality of the plants in our display.”
At Kirk Hallam a senior pupil came up with an idea to re-invigorate an unused garden and re-create growing beds to produce vegetables for the school kitchen and hopefully for sale to the local community.
“We want the project to involve the community and use their experience to help the students,” said business manager Jenny Harrison Hill.
Stanton Recycling is hoping that its product will start to reap benefits during this International Compost Awareness Week (May 5-11), the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry.
Natalia Losa-Riley, administration and quality manager at Stanton Recycling, said: “The company is happy to give something back to the local community as part of its social corporate responsibility initiative.
“This is the ultimate form of re-cycling – taking discarded waste from homes and producing soil improver which people can now use to enhance and bring new life to their gardens and floral displays.
“It’s good to think that our produce is helping to boost the blooming efforts and give pleasure to so many.”