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Recycling Oxford's green garden waste into garden gold

Together with Severn Trent Green Power and Oxford City Council, ODS organised the huge delivery of nutritious and environmentally-friendly compost this week which was produced from household and commercial green waste from across the city. 

ODS collected the compost from Severn Trent Green Power in Wallingford before the Parks Team distributed it in small van loads direct to eager allotment holders. 

Maria Warner, ODS Social Value and Sustainability Lead, said: “By working in partnership with Oxford City Council and Severn Trent Green Power, ODS has turned household and commercial waste into garden treasure for 23 allotments across Oxford. We’re proud to support Oxford’s thriving allotment community by gifting them almost 30 tonnes of nutritious compost, upcycled from waste. We wish them every success for a bumper crop this year!”

The Severn Trent Green Power composting site serves a number of local authorities by turning green garden waste into valuable organic compost fertiliser, thereby diverting the waste from landfill. They then offer the compost to councils free of charge.

Compost is often referred to as ‘black gold’ because of the significant benefits it gives to both the structure and health of soil, such as increasing resilience and the availability of nutrients to new plants. 

Phil Baker, Oxford & District Federation of Allotment Associations, said: “Oxford & District Federation of Allotment Associations were very pleased to be offered a large amount of peat-free compost at no cost. This gardening essential is now benefitting 23 of our members' sites. A big 'thank you' to Severn Trent Green Power for the compost, to Oxford Direct Services for deliveries, and to Oxford City Council for organising things.”

ODS is committed to finding innovative ways to support our local communities and the planet. We call it doing good.