Household Recycling Centres

re3GROW Compost

re3GROW is a peat-free compost, made from recycled garden waste, including material from the re3 area. re3GROW is an ideal example of circular economy; showing our residents how their waste is a resource which is recycled into something useful.

Where can I buy re3GROW compost?

re3GROW compost is available for re3 residents to buy in 40 litre bags. It can be purchased at both Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs), Longshot Lane in Bracknell and Smallmead in Reading directly from the Meet and Greet teams.

How much does it cost?

re3GROW can be purchase at £3.50 per bag or with multi-buy discount: 3 bags for £10. Please note, we only accept pre-paid, debit or credit card payments (no cash).
Payments will be taken at the entrance of both sites. Purchased compost can then be collected on the way out: at Smallmead at the Meet and Greet area and at Longshot Lane at the reuse area.

How re3GROW is made?

Garden waste collected from the re3 area (either via the kerbside or deposited free of charge at the recycling centres) is sent to a composting facility in Oxfordshire. The compost is then screened and matured at a separate composting facility and the final product is bagged ready to be brought back into re3 residents’ gardens.
The compost has been produced in the UK and provides essential nutrients for healthy plant growth. It conforms to BSI PAS 100 and the Compost Quality Protocol.

Why has re3 started to the sell compost at the recycling centres?

We hope to demonstrate and encourage the act of recycling. re3GROW is a great example of closed loop recycling. Your garden waste is recycled into compost which can be returned to your garden and used to help grow new plants.

How much profit is re3 making from the sale of each bag?

None. The price per bag has been calculated to cover the costs of producing and supplying the compost only.

Is the compost produced locally?

Garden waste from the re3 area is sent to our Contractor’s composting facility in Oxfordshire. The compost is then screened at a facility in Leicestershire before being brought back to re3. If sales go well in 2018, we hope to be able to complete the whole process locally from 2019 onwards.

How much re3 material is included in a bag of re3GROW?

The current batch of compost is 24% re3 material. This is because the composting facility processes garden waste from other areas too. The percentage of re3 material will increase if we are able to complete the whole composting procedure at Sutton Courtenay in Oxfordshire from 2019.

Are we paying twice for this material: to dispose of it as soil and to purchase it as compost?

No. These are two separate materials. re3GROW is made from organic garden waste. Soil may also contain materials like sand, clay and rock particles.

Why do we have to pay for compost if we’re already paying for a garden waste collection?

Charges to have your green waste picked up only cover the cost of collecting this material from the kerbside. The price per bag has been calculated to cover the costs of producing and supplying compost which is suitable for use in your garden.

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For further information, please email or write to re3grow compost, FCC Environment, Appleford Sidings, Sutton Courtenay, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX144PW

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