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Bins, recycling and rubbish

Food and garden waste journey

Find out what happens to the food and garden waste you place in your brown bin.

Once your brown bin is emptied, it is taken directly to GP Recycling Ltd. in Blantyre. Here, it is made into British Standard certified compost. This compost is high quality and is used for a number of applications, including gardening, farming and landscaping.

Around 50,000 tonnes of compost made from waste from East Renfrewshire was used to landscape the Athletes' Village for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

GP Recycling Ltd. operates an 'In-Vessel Composting' process. This means that the materials reach higher temperatures than using a standard composting process and all types of organic waste can be composted, including meat and bones. High temperatures kill off any harmful pathogens and speeds up the process. It takes approximately 10-12 weeks to turn the contents of your brown bin into nutrient-rich compost.

On arrival at GP, the waste is screened for contamination, such as metals and plastics. Once screened, it is shredded into small pieces which are then placed in a large, sealed vessel. The moisture and temperature of the waste is carefully monitored and controlled. Over 2 weeks, micro-organisms already present within the material begin to break it down.  The work of the micro-organisms causes the temperature of the waste to rise to around 70 degrees. The material is then moved from the vessels to large open areas and allowed to mature. The micro-organisms continue to break down the waste, helped by the oxygen in the open air. Here, the material is turned and mixed regularly and finally screened into different grades of compost.

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