On the agenda
"Home-made" compost for prettier flowers around the factory grounds.
Less waste, more flowers
Some of our sites are blessed with exceptional natural settings. Such is the case for Labenne, where the plant is located in a nature reserve. The striking biodiversity is a source of motivation for employees, whose great ideas are proliferating.
First there was the idea to plant a flowering border to make the surroundings even more beautiful. Not surprisingly, as soon as they started tending the soil, they started to think about compost! It was an optional step, but it met with unanimous approval: the more nourished the soil is, the more generous the flower beds will be!
300 kg collected!
Without a moment's hesitation, everyone rolled up their sleeves. A few pallets, a few volunteers and a composter was born!
What goes into it? Plant waste from the site. More specifically, grass cuttings after mowing. And it certainly piles up fast. The first harvest topped out at 300 kg: enough to nicely improve the fallow land before the flowers were planted. Next stop: one metric ton?
Cafeteria leftovers converted to flowers
Grass is not the only ingredient that makes good compost. Lunchtime leftovers are also a great addition! Rather than dropping them in the waste bin, they can be turned into compost. That is our next goal: getting cafeteria waste into the composter.
Of course, it will take some organizing, because not everything can go in. No thank you to chicken bones, garlic sauce or cheese crumbs. These will endanger the compost. It can be done with a bit of education and a lot of good will.
Compost, a key variable in the zero-waste equation…
Anyone who decides to pursue a zero-waste goal will inevitably cross paths with compost. It plays a starring role in the virtuous cycle of sustainable development. By absorbing some of the waste from meals and from meal preparation (it also eats peelings!) as well as plant waste generated from grounds-keeping, compost can considerably lower the volume in our waste bins. And because it enriches the soil, it gives us beautiful gifts in return. It brings bumper crops of flowers and wondrous surprises in the vegetable garden ‒ it all depends on what you sow☺