The main area set aside for composting waste generated by plot holders who do not compost on their own plots consists of five open fronted pallet bins. We use open fronted bins to give easy access so that it is easier aerate
the organic material by turning it from one bin to another. Ideally for the first 18-21 days the material should be turned every other day, but we are only able to turn it once a week
Two bins were designated
for the reception of waste as it was hoped that plot holders would separate the material putting normal compostable waste, plant tops and leaves, annual weeds in Bin 1 and perennial weeds in Bin 2.
when dealing with waste containing a significant proportion of perennial weed roots or flowerheads with seeds the weeds would be dried, drowned or hot composted. We are normally only on the site once a week so are unable to turn (aerate) the material
in the bins as often as is required to maiantain the temperatures necessary for hot composting e.g. every other day for the first few weeks. So we have the choice of drowning or drying weeds with seeds and roots. We ask that these are put in a separate
Reception bin to make sorting easier for the composters but more often than not the waste is not separated into the different streams so we are left to separate it as it is transfered from the Reception bins to the first working bin. This means
that some perennial roots and seeds will enter the composting process. Experience on this site, and elsewhere, shows that this is normal making it necessary to receive material only when the site is staffed or to accept that it will be mixed and
treat both Reception bins the same i.e. sorting through the waste and separating it into different types as the bins are emptied.