Understanding diversity in community composting: it's all in the mix

Slater, Rachel; Frederickson, James; Murray, Richard; Yoxon, Mark; Paton, Rob and Spear, Roger (2008). Understanding diversity in community composting: it's all in the mix. In: Waste 2008 Conference: Waste and Resource Management - A Shared Responsibility, 16-17 Sep 2008, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK.

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The emergence and development of a coherent and defined community composting sector, as with the commercial composting sector, is relatively new. There is some anecdotal and funding support evidence for the growth in, and diversity of, community composting, but there is very little comprehensive data that draws together the activities of the sector as a whole. This paper starts to address that gap by presenting a summary from a national survey on the nature of the community composting sector and shows that it comprises groups and organisations involved in a diverse range of activities. It also presents findings from participatory workshops with community composting groups and their stakeholders exploring the extent to which projects contribute to individual and community change.

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