Wiltshire Council seeks on-farm composting sites

08 October 2013

Wiltshire Council will shortly be seeking tenders to provide garden waste composting services from 2016 when the current waste management service contract ends.

In mid August an advert will be placed in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) asking potential service providers to register their interest in providing this service and to complete a pre-qualification questionnaire. As part of this process we are looking at locations for composting sites in and around Wiltshire.

The Council would welcome expressions of interest from landowners who currently operate, who have permission for, or are interested undertaking on-farm composting.

Wiltshire Council has made considerable progress towards its target of achieving 50% recycling by 2014. Other contracts awarded for recycling and the diversion of waste from landfill will also help the council to reduce the waste sent to landfill to less than 25%.

Households in Wiltshire receive an optional non chargeable garden waste collection service. To date over 125,000 households have opted to receive this service. In addition garden waste is collected at the council's 11 household recycling centres. The total garden waste collected and treated in Wiltshire during 2012/13 was 41,280 tonnes. This was treated at two composting sites, one of which is an on-farm composting site.

The attached guidance note outlines the compliance requirements for undertaking composting activities. More information can be found on the Environment Agency website at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/topics/permitting/35436.aspx

Guidance notes for on-farm/open composting

The following notes are requirements of a standard Environment Agency permit for operating an open composting facility:

Current planning permission for a compost facility

Waste permit for a compost facility*

  • Hard standing and drainage on site
  • Written management system
  • The operator can demonstrate Technical Competence
  • Bio-aerosols testing is undertaken
  • The facility is at least 250 meters from nearest receptor (dwelling or workplace), and
  • At least 10 meters from nearest water course
  • At least 50 meters from a well or borehole used for human water consumption
  • At least 500 meters from Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
  • At least 250 meters from presence of great crested newts
  • At least 50 meters from a National Nature Reserve (NNR), Local Nature Reserve (LNR), Local Wildlife Site (LWS), ancient or schedule monument.

*Any application for a waste permit should be discussed with the regulatory body the Environment Agency