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Green waste put to good use in south London!

14th August 2017

Viridor has made its latest donation of high-quality soil conditioner to the Good Food Matters Charity in Croydon. The soil conditioner is made from south London’s green waste. The leading UK recycler recently delivered c. 25 tonnes (that is the equivalent to around 25 adult polar bears) to the Good Food Matters Community Food Learning Centre.

Viridor works with the South London Waste Partnership to safely manage waste and recycling from households across the Partnership’s four boroughs: Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton. Around 27,000 tonnes of green garden waste is collected from households and recycling centres in the four boroughs each year. It is delivered to Beddington Lane where it is bulked and transported for composting at a specialist facility to produce a high-quality soil conditioning product.
The aim of the Community Food Learning Centre is to work with local residents to help connect them to the food we eat and how it is produced. To empower people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds by teaching the skills of growing and cooking with sustainably produced local food.
Matt Webster, Contract Manager for Viridor at Beddington, said of the delivery: “Every day our teams work to support the South London Waste Partnership to maximise recycling and then safely manage the waste that remains.
“As part of our service we receive green waste from the boroughs and this is sent to be transformed into high-quality soil conditioner.
“Last year we were able to support this vital community project in Croydon and went along to taste some of the cooking. We are pleased that this donation will support next year’s crops.”
Evelyn Findlater, Chief Executive and founder of Good Food Matters, added: “We are delighted to receive another generous delivery of soil conditioner from Viridor at its Beddington site. Last year and this year’s crops have certainly benefitted from this rich growing medium, from our greenhouses to our large outside vegetable growing area.
“It took three truckloads to deliver the compost and we have to thank the Viridor team at Beddington for getting it all onto our land safely. It is an invaluable donation to Good Food Matters.
“Our produce is used in basic and accredited cookery and nutrition courses for people of all ages and abilities and backgrounds, teaching them how to cook for a healthy body and a healthy planet. We also teach basic and accredited horticulture courses again for all ages and abilities.
“Our volunteer group is growing by the week and they do a fantastic job of keeping our food growing area thriving. Volunteers are always welcome and get free produce when available. We also share our surplus fruit and vegetables with food banks and local people in our community.”
Councillor Jill Whitehead, Chair of the South London Waste Partnership Joint Committee, said: “It’s fantastic to think that just a few weeks ago, this high-quality compost was collected from the kerbside as green garden waste. Now it is being put to excellent use, helping to grow local produce and teach local young people valuable skills in the process.”

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