Machynlleth Urban Community Composting site is located on the outskirts of Machynlleth in the grounds of Lloyds Coaches Bus Park – it is not open to the public.
The way it works is that compostable food waste is collected by volunteers (using an electric cargo bike) from various sources (mainly hospitality outlets) in the immediate area of Machynlleth. The output is finished soil improvement products for distribution mainly to networks of local food producers.
This rural community composting site is located at Melindwr farm, a smallholding comprising 30 acres of pasture and oak woodland. The current ownership farms for biodiversity and conservation using agroecological practices.
The aim is to establish Melindwr as an exemplar of rural circular economy practices. In Tyfu Dyfi, we started piloting a single rural community composting and demonstration site to show how a circle of enterprises in a local area can cooperate to reduce waste, gain value from natural harvest, eg, bracken, wool, rushes, wood ash and reduce or eliminate the need for imported fertilizer.
To explore ways of making community composting financially viable and sustainable over the long term, Tyfu Dyfi facilitated the creation of a non-profit called Criw Compostio - more details on their website here