Com­post­ing com­pany gets royal ap­proval

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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

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