We provide an organic recycling service for local authorities, horticultural businesses, and agriculture.
Our BSI PAS100-accredited compost offers an ecological and chemical-free alternative to chemical fertilisers in agriculture.
Our compost is a product of commercial food waste collections, combined with plant materials and organic waste recycled from parks, gardens, and households.
Research conducted for the agricultural industry has shown that compost boosts yield without detrimental effects on crop quality or safety and can increase soil organic matter more quickly than other organic materials.
The In Vessel Composting Process
Please look at the steps we take for our In-Vessel organic recycling.
What is Compost?
We provide two varieties of organic compost for various uses: green and premium. As defined by the British Standards Institution’s Publicly Available Specification 100 (BSI PAS 100), the quality of these composts has been carefully maintained throughout the manufacturing process.
Green compost is a natural product made by mixing, stacking and turning biodegradable materials under managed conditions. All of Keenan Recycling’s compost is created from recycled plant materials from parks, gardens, and households.
Food-derived, or premium, compost is a natural product made by mixing, stacking and aerating biodegradable materials under strictly controlled conditions in an in-vessel composting system with a separate maturation phase.
How do we make it?
We operate Europe’s largest, and the world’s second largest, In-Vessel-Composting (VCU) plant which takes co-mingled food and garden waste and turns it into premium grade, PAS 100 compost. It is an accelerated version of the natural composting process where biodegradable waste is fed into large, enclosed insulated chambers, carefully controlled pH and microbial action to create premium-grade compost in three days. Take a look at the individual steps above.
We also use open windrow composting to recycle purely garden waste. The material is shredded and formed into trapezium-shaped piles and then monitored for moisture and turned to aerate over eight weeks. This produces a quality compost which is screened and sold to the agricultural or horticultural industry.
Our composts are high-quality soil conditioners that are versatile enough to be utilised as garden or agricultural compost. They contribute organic matter to the soil, which helps to enhance production in a variety of ways, including the following examples:
Reduced need for bagged fertiliser.
Reduced nutrient leaching
Increased yielding potential.
Increased traffic tolerance.
Nutrient recycling & Soil aggregation
Reduced erosion risk.
Greater workability of the soil.
Plant disease suppression
Improved water-holding in light soils
Potential to improve drainage in heavier soils
Anaerobic Digestion Process
At both of our Processing facilities, we carry out large-scale mechanical food waste depackaging. This creates a feedstock for Anaerobic Digestors to break Gas and Electricity. Take a look at the steps involved in recycling your food waste through Anaerobic Digestion.