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In Vessel Composting

What is In-Vessel Composting (IVC)?

IVC is a system which harnesses the natural composting process, to recycle mixed organic garden and food waste into a compost product, which is then used in horticulture and agriculture as a soil improver and is bagged and sold as Revive Compost.

So an IVC is like a home compost bin, but on a massive scale; it’s a system for recycling all of our organic waste.

So why use IVC?

20% of the waste produced in Greater Manchester’s households is organic garden waste and up to 30% is organic food waste. By using the IVC, we can turn all of this waste into a valuable resource, diverting this material from landfill.

IVC produces significant environmental and financial benefits, which include:

  • Reduces waste
  • Reduces carbon emissions
  • Minimises the use of commercial peat-based compost, the extraction of which is detrimental to the environment
  • Produces an affordable soil conditioner, from an otherwise waste material
  • Reduces the volume of waste to landfill, saving millions of pounds in potential landfill tax.

With the IVC process taking place in a fully enclosed building all odours are controlled, with no odour escaping outside of the building. The process is also strictly regulated with the compost end product being rigorously tested to ensure that it meets PAS 100 standards and Animal By Product regulations.

The result is a natural saleable product; a valuable resource produced from wasted materials.

See how IVC works.

Inside one of Greater Manchester's In-Vessel Composters (IVC)

Did you know?

1400 tonnes of compost is made per week from the 4 IVCs in Greater Manchester





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