The MEC Recycling Process

 

How do we produce Lincolnshire’s finest compost?

 

Firstly, the recycled material is delivered to site then sorted and hand picked to ensure it’s clean prior to processing.

 

The material is then put through a shredder to reduce it in size, which is essential for a good composting process. Once shredded and there is enough material, it is formed into what is called a windrow where the compost process can begin.

 

 

It remains in the windrow for the next 6 weeks in what’s called the actively managed phase, where the compost is monitored for temperature and moisture. During this period millions of tiny micro organisms break down the material, which is the actual composting process.

 

Also, during this period the temperature inside the windrow reaches around 70 degrees, which sterilises the compost. Once a week the windrows are turned using a specialist turner.


This ensures all parts of the windrow reach

temperature and allows oxygen into the windrow essential for the micro organisms.

 

 

 

After the 6 weeks, the windrow is moved to a storage area where it matures for a further 6 weeks.

 

 

Once the compost has reached 12 weeks, it is now ready for the final process, which is to screen it into various grades ready for sale.

 

 

All our compost is PAS100 & QP assured. Each batch (windrow) has its own unique code which allows it to be traced from start to finish. In addition to this, the compost is routinely sampled and tested by an approved Lab to ensure the highest quality product.