Saturday, February 09, 2008

Holme on Spalding Moor Community Composting Proposal - A Positive Step!

Composting, which, if done correctly is certainly a way forward and to compost green household waste is to be welcomed as a positive step in reducing landfill, and the work currently being done by some green waste composters and by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) in this area is to be applauded. The recent application submitted to the ERYC by the Community Group in HOSM to set up a small-scale village project to compost garden and green kitchen waste produced by the village has my wholehearted support. It is not only an environmentally friendly way of recycling green household waste but is income generating, providing ongoing funding for community projects within HOSM. This project fits very well with, and compliments the ERYC 'Brown Bin' pilot project to be rolled out in two areas of the East Riding in the near future.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is very to keen to help set up community composting schemes. It is a preferred way of disposing of green waste.

This project, if approved, will not cost the community of HOSM a penny but instead money is contributed for each ton of compost produced, this can then be reinvested in projects within the community. It is hoped to compost up to 100 tons per year.

ERYC is offering “not for profit” groups or parish councils the chance to apply for a grant of up to £10,000 to start a community composting scheme within the East Riding of Yorkshire. In addition, a constituted community composting group which diverts household green waste from landfill will be given a payment per tonne of material collected, then an additional payment if they compost the material at their own site. This payment is known as a Community Composting Credit.

I've added below the details of the ERYC composting officer to this post as requested:

For further information please contact Stephen Hall the Community Composting Officer on 01482 391752 or email stephen.hall@eastriding.gov.uk

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Please could you say where the funding will come from then?

Paul Robinson said...

The funding comes through the ERYC in the form of grants as part of its strategy to meet the government's target of 45% plus recycling by the year 2020 for more information please see:

http://www.eastriding.gov.uk/environment/
sustainability/pdf/joint_
sustainable_waste_strategy.pdf

wendy mckay said...

A community composting scheme is environmentally friendly and energy efficient, minimising transport of bulky green waste by composting it close to where it was produced. What a contrast to the commercial farm composting operations around Spaldington and Holme on Spalding Moor which are trucking in animal by-products from the other side of Britain. How can the “waste-miles” of this be justified? Surely all compostable waste should be composted at the place where it is produced? Composting should be a “green” way of dealing with biodegradable waste!

If other villages are thinking of setting up a community composting scheme, further details of the grants available and the ERYC Community Composting Officer’s contact details can be found on


http://www.target45plus.org.uk/target45/recycle/
composting_eastriding.html

Anonymous said...

Can somebody explain to me why Holme Parish Council will not support the scheme because it sounds like a good idea to me.

Anonymous said...

This Comment is uncorrect, as the Parish Council were not asked to approve this application, but asked for their opinions.

Holme Resident said...

I read in the Holme News that the Parish Council has thrown away £22,000 by failing to support the scheme using spurious arguments without ascertaining how it was devised or understanding the way it was to work in practice

Paul Robinson said...

Unfortunately, it now appears that the proposed green household waste collection and composting facility for Holme on Spalding Moor (HOSM) residents will not go ahead due to the onset of the funding deadline and Parish Council 'Concerns' (I have seen the Parish Council's responses/comments on this application).

“The application submitted to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) by the Community Group in HOSM to set up a small-scale village project to compost green garden produced by the village had my wholehearted support. It was not just an environmentally friendly way of recycling green household waste but income generating, providing ongoing funding for community projects within HOSM. I can confirm that this project fitted well with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council aims of recycling 45%+ of waste by 2020 and complimented the ERYC 'Brown Bin' pilot project to be rolled out in two areas of the East Riding in the near future”.

The project had broad support, not only within the East Riding Council but also within the community of HOSM. Unfortunately the project cannot now be funded due to the onset of the funding deadline.

“The real pity here is this project would not have cost the community of HOSM a penny but instead money would have been contributed for each ton of compost produced, this would then have been reinvested in projects within the community. Therefore the community loses out twice, once on a sustainable green community project, and secondly on a lost opportunity for significant investment in future community projects”

boobelle said...

This is great....we will look into it for Eastrington. How do I find out about the compost free give away dates in the ERY?? Ive heard Sept is the next giveaway month and we are keen to get hold of lots for the planters we have for around the village.

Paul Robinson said...

Hi Barbara

Very much agree - community composting is a really great concept.

I would suggest for further information please contact Stephen Hall the Community Composting Officer on 01482 391752 or email stephen.hall@eastriding.gov.uk. If you would like to speak to the HOSM people who put the project together I can pass you their details.. Paul