The Environmental Rationale for Composting
Composting is a fantastic, natural source of food for the plants we grow, the fruit & vegetables we nurture and the soil we improve.
Composting organic waste is also part of a growing revolution in the way we manage material that we no longer need.
As a result of an in-depth environmental audit, Fairfield identified that thousands of tonnes of fruit, vegetable and plant material was being transported by the lorry-load, only to be dumped into landfill sites many miles from the Manchester-based, New Smithfield wholesale market site.
The market relied almost entirely on landfill as a waste management option, which is unsustainable, costly, resource wasteful and environmentally damaging. In-situ, large-scale composting was the natural solution to this environmental waste problem.
Fairfield is now diverting over 3,500 tonnes per year away from landfill, and has reduced the number of large skips leaving the wholesale market site from 12 per day, to just one 240 litre bin.
As a natural and positive consequence, this has cut down on the number of heavy wagons polluting our environment. 99.5% of the waste material received by Fairfield is recycled, meaning that Fairfield is well on the way to reaching its zero waste target for the whole site.
Fairfield is driven, first and foremost by environmental issues and impacts. Therefore, we strongly believe that the transportation of compost material over a significant distance negates the environmental benefits of composting in the first place.
Avoiding Landfill & Incineration