Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has bought an A900 rocket composter from food waste equipment maker Tidy Planet to process its food and garden waste on site.

For use with AstraZeneca ‘s 100 acre manufacturing facility in Macclesfieldthe three-quarters ton Composter will process 24 metric tons of food and garden waste per year.

F.Good waste is created at the the in-house restaurant, while the green garbage is of landscaping on the site.

It is the First commercial composter installed on an AstraZeneca seate and forms part of the organizations wider Sustainability target to reduce waste. The Companies also aims to achieve a zero carbon status at his campus by 2025.

The rocket composter processes 24 tons of food and garden waste annually

Composting process

Food and garden waste are treated with a maceration paper shredder before they are fed into the composter.

The waste is then manually fed into the in-vessel composter with a handful of wood chips.

The material is moved into an insulated cylinder that contains shafts and paddles to rotate the material every two hours.

F.Materials resh can be fed every day in the composter, With The resulting compost is ready approx. 14 days later. It has Capacity to process 500 kg of organic waste per week.

AstraZenecas horticultural team will use the resulting compost on the entire property, with the plan to grow fresh food.

Huw Crampton, Sales manager at Tidy Planet that is too based in Macclesfield, said:: ItIt’s great to work with a colleague local Company that helps to utilize its resource potential and reduce the CO2 emissions associated with waste transport off-site.

“Composter Champion”

FM development manager at AstraZenecas Macclesfield Site, said Guy Camm that the company would later make the compost available for the employees to take home.

Mr Said Camm:: WeWe are determined to make our campus more sustainable and we want to be world class in handling our food and green waste. Installing a composter on site seemed like a good solution for us as by recycling our food and green waste at source, we can create a closed loop model that reduces both waste and carbon footprint. “

WeWe also work with our catering supplier to ensure that all of our take-away cups and dishes are compostable to ensure that our approach is truly holistic.