Arriving at work to face tonnes of garden and food waste is probably not everyone’s idea of a great start to the day. But Clinton loves it.
As Supervisor of the IVC plant he is responsible for converting the County’s organic waste into compost. Segregated organic waste is delivered to the plant by the local councils and Clinton and his team start by shredding the waste.
The shredded waste is then put into “clamps”, large concreate containers where, as Clinton says, “it’s cooked”. The waste generates its own natural heat, much like a giant compost heap, and needs to reach a temperature of 60 degrees to ensure that all the bugs are killed off. At the end of a week or so the team move the decomposed materials to “maturation pads”, large areas of concrete where the waste is rotated daily helping it to decompose further and form into small black granules of soil enhancer.
This “compost” is available free of charge to residents and used by local councils in their parks and gardens. Some local farmers also use it on their crops.
Talking to Clinton it is obvious he enjoys his work. “It’s the people” he says. “We always have a laugh, but you need to take your time when moving materials in 16 and 20 tonne machines. Health and Safety always comes first”.
He also used one of his Amey Community Days (paid time off to carry out community work) to help clean a house for a mental health charity where his daughter works.