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Enhancing sustainable biowaste management in the UK: the role of the commercial and community composting sectors

Slater, Rachel and Frederickson, James (2009). Enhancing sustainable biowaste management in the UK: the role of the commercial and community composting sectors. In: ISWA World Congress 2009, 12-15 October 2009, Lisbon, Portugal.

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This paper considers the different roles of the commercial and community composting sectors in contributing to sustainable biowaste management in the UK. Legislation and policy have driven the rapid development of a diverse composting sector. The next section sets out this policy context. This is followed with an analysis of the growth in, and characteristics of, the commercial composting sector and then the community composting sector. It is contended that both sectors have different strengths in contributing to sustainable biowaste management. For commercial composting this is based around large-scale composting and quality products, for the community sector this is based around services in difficult collection environments, local sustainability, promoting social cohesion and building stronger communities. The extent to which the benefits from the commercial and composting sectors will be realised in the future will depend on whether the sectors can develop synergistically and the extent to which this is encouraged by national and local policies.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2009 The Authors
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Mathematics, Computing and Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 22930
Depositing User: Rachel Slater
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2010 09:00
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2016 23:48
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