Otter Rotters celebrate composting 'lifelife'

PUBLISHED: 17:30 12 January 2015

The Otter Rotters recycling group are looking forward to move in to their new composting site at the former Woods Farm recycling centre. Ref mhh 4865-02-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

The Otter Rotters recycling group are looking forward to move in to their new composting site at the former Woods Farm recycling centre. Ref mhh 4865-02-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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Group secures planning permission for new composting site

Volunteers for a community enterprise are celebrating after winning a five-year battle to secure planning permission for a composting site at Bowd.

It has been a hard-fought battle for the Otter Rotters, who have had to overcome a number of hurdles – the biggest of which were ‘exorbitant’ fees brought in by the Government in 2011.

Several other community composting groups were forced to close down, but director and volunteer Mandy Jennings said the Otter Rotters will continue to fight on.

And the team is now celebrating after attaining planning permission on the old Woods Farm recycling site for a composting site.

“This will partly re-instate our capacity and enable schools and other organisations to benefit from the compost produced,” Mandy said.

“This is a lifeline for Otter Rotters, and it will have a number of benefits for the community and environment.”

The group established 15 years ago as a not-for-profit enterprise that provides support for learning disabled individuals and disadvantaged local people – offering them a gateway back into the workplace.

The new site will be a facility for composting the green waste collected from Sidmouth’s kerbside collections.

Mandy has also expressed her gratitude to district councillor Roger Giles for his help in identifying and securing the site, saying: “[He] has been a long-standing supporter of local service provision by Otter Rotters for many years.”

Otter Rotters provides green waste curbside collections across East Devon.

For more information, check out www.otterrotters.co.uk

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