Composting company gets royal approval
A FIRM that produces machines which turn waste into compost has been given the royal seal of approval during an exhibition.
Simon Webb, managing director from Tidy Planet, was showcasing the company’s Rocket composter at Humble by Nature in Wales when the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall stopped by.
Prince Charles was given the low down by Simon on how the Rocket has been dealing with food and garden waste.
The future king of England was in the area as part of a tour of Wales.
Tidy Planet is based on Melville Road in Hurdsfield.
It was launched by Simon and his late father John, a keen gardener and inventor who wanted to speed up the composting process on his smallholding.
John developed a machine that could treat his garden waste and horse manure and turn it into highly nutritious compost in 14 days.
The Rocket composters are designed to recycle food waste from catering or food services on site.
It helps firms cut costly collection and disposal and produces a useful end product.
The treatment system is now sold in Africa, USA, Kuwait, Canada, Hong Kong, Greece and Italy.
Celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall uses one to recycle all food waste from the kitchens at his River Cottage headquarters in Dorset.
A spokesman for Tidy Planet said: “The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visited Kate Humble’s working organic farm Humble by Nature as part of their annual week long tour of Wales.
“Prince Charles took part in a bush skills class before being told about the Rocket by our MD Simon Webb.”
●● Simon Webb from Tidy Planet introduces Prince Charles and Camilla to the Rocket composter
●● Rebecca Nixon and the Rt Hon the Lord Lingfield, President of the League of Mercy