About The Compost

Our compost is sold under our product name “Ace of Herts”.

Ace of Herts is produced by the aerobic windrow technique. This concentrates organic matter and leaves the nutrients to be slowly released into the soil as and when your plants require them.

The use of this recycled product enables valuable humus and nutrients to be returned to the soil. It can also be used in place of peat, which is good news for our diminishing peatland habitats. During production the materials are shredded and screened a number of times removing undesirable substances and speeding up the composting process, and temperatures are constantly monitored to guarantee a regular 65-72 degrees centigrade is maintained. This ensures that weed seeds and pathogens are killed off. Thereby producing a compost we sincerely believe is second to none.

On receipt of the fresh raw material it is placed in one of the bays and is shredded within the first 24 hours. After shredding, it is left to’cook’ for a while, depending on rainfall and outside temperatures. The heap temperature is monitored to maintain a constant 65 to 72 degrees centigrade. The heap is then turned which serves to re-activate bacteria whose renewed activity in turn warms up the compost again.This ensures that temperatures are maintained to aid breakdown and that any weed seeds and pathogens are killed off.

For ABPR mixed green/kitchen waste, the raw material is tipped into a large reception building. The material is then shredded and moved into one of eight in vessel clamps. Once the clamps are full the doors and roofs are closed and the material left to reach the required temperatures, which are constantly recorded through data loggers. An underground aeration channel blows air through the clamps and exhausts ordour through two bio filters. The compost produced from this process is currently used for agriculture and horticulture.