Land Network North East Lincolnshire is a recycling business taking ‘green waste’ from the local area and converting it to a good quality soil conditioner. We are able to take your garden and commercial green waste onto our site for recycling.
Land Network North East Lincolnshire converts waste to crops with a dramatic reduction of greenhouse gas production compared with all other recycling options as well as locking carbon into the soil. Not only do our crops take Carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, they give us the Oxygen we breathe back again! Each year the site can process up to 25 000 tonnes of waste.
All the waste is taken into a safe legal environment. From here it is treated and processed to the Pass 100 standard independently supervised by the Environment Agency, Organic Soil Association and European Law. In fact we are so positive about our waste processing results that we use entire through put of processed product onto our own land at Elkington. We, including all our staff, earn our living from this land and want to hand it on in a good state to the next generation.
“Should you wish to bring any material to the site, then please contact the Estate Office for further information”
Getting trucks off the road: Because this and all other Land Network sites are designed to recycle to its own land first, it is estimated that these on-farm processing facilities reduce tonne-truck-miles by 65 to 85% compared with centralised facilities not on farms. (The first 50% comes because we do not truck off the farm!)
Local Cash: We earn gate fees from receiving “waste” and we do not buy so much mineral fertiliser. This is what the current generation calls a “double whammy”. This cash used to go somewhere else, the fertiliser cash went out of the UK! Now it stays right here in Lincolnshire in the local economy. We spend it here with local businesses.
Wildlife in Harmony with Production: Land Network farms are as good as any in terms of wildlife protection and development. What happens is that spreading compost dramatically increases the populations of invertebrates in and on the soil. (That’s the little creatures including millipedes, worms, many types of grubs and larvae.) Because the food is there, bird populations increase in numbers and diversity. Birds of prey follow then foxes, badgers and other predators. Biodiversity is up but so are crop yields.
Insurance Policy: You might reasonably ask, how do we know all this and can we be trusted? Well, we are Members of Land Network for a reason; it is an insurance policy for us, the local Planners, the Environment Agency, local people including our neighbours, Lincolnshire rate payers, the staff who work with us, and the land itself. Land Network is a farmer-owned organisation with a pool of knowledge and we are responsible to each other to maintain our knowledge, our land and our reputation.
At Land Network North East Lincolnshire we have have invested heavily in a hectare of concrete and tarmac to give them a safe site and also added landscaping and tree planting. Charles Dobson who owns the green waste site has worked closely with the staff of Lincolnshire County Council and Environment Agency to sensitively put this farm back to the way of farming to the way our grandfathers practiced before the “artificial” fertilisers were used – by recycling locally produced wastes.
The green waste site at South Elkington handles up to 25,000 tonnes of local wastes per year. Currently over 15,000 tonnes is green garden wastes collected locally from East Lindsey homes. The rest is suitable industrial wastes checked by the site’s agronomists as well as the Council and Environment Agency staff who monitor the site. These materials are turned into humus in the compost process. That humus is the black colour that gives the long term fertility to our soils.
The site has developed one step at a time and has created two extra jobs. Overall, this is local, “proximity” waste recycling, creating local jobs and getting trucks off the road. Maybe of greatest interest to local rate payers is that this is not just the most environmentally sensitive and best way of handling local waste, it also happens to be the lowest cost!