Sibford Scene Archive

Sibford Scene 180 October 1994

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A load of compost from Cherwell District Council

Cherwell District Council is keen to enlist the help of 100 volunteers to test a composting device called a ‘Green Cone, an enclosed system that uses heat from the Sun to speed up the decomposition of kitchen organic waste (food scraps, vegetable peelings, etc) to form mainly liquid compost plus a small amount of solid.

The Green Cone has a maximum diameter of about 2ft at ground level and is 3½ft high, of which the bottom 1½ft is buried into the garden soil. About 40lb of scraps can be broken down per month, the resulting liquid seeping into the garden to feed valuable nutrients to plants or vegetables.

In addition to returning nutrients to the soil, such devices are environmentally advantageous, since at present up to 30% of landfill household rubbish is kitchen waste.

The Green Cone is particularly useful for those who do not have the space for a normal compost heap.

If you are interested in testing a Green Cone, or would just like more information, Contact Tom Knowland at Cherwell DC.

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