Greener Composting is part of a fourth generation farming business based near Lichfield, Staffordshire. Richard Ryman runs this with the support of his brother, Stuart and father, Andrew. The emphasis at the facility is on providing a flexible service that works around the needs of the suppliers of waste to Greener Composting.

As a family run business delivery schedules can be accommodated with advance notice. The waste is rigorously checked, sorted by hand and monitored as the composting process takes place.

The site currently takes all types of green waste. The family team will discuss your waste and needs for disposal of this through composting, to ensure that you have the best service and that Greener Composting produces a high level product to put back into the agricultural environment.

The Rymans moved to farm at Lichfield over 90 years ago, and the farm is now onto its 4th generation, with a 5th generation hot on its heels! 90 years ago, the farm was very diverse; pigs, sheep and cattle were farmed alongside arable crops. On arriving at the farm, Walter Ryman established a world -famous pedigree herd of Large White pigs (‘the Wall herd’) – progeny can still be seen picking up prizes around the country’s agricultural shows today! Sadly, the herd was closed down in 2001 and the farm had to find different ways to difersify and expand.

At this stage, the idea of composting was introduced by a family friend who had seen green waste sites operating in America. The large arable (wheat, rape, beans and potatoes) side of the farm could be run alongside the composting site with a perfect end use for the compost – as a green fertiliser/soil improver.

Greener Composting opened for business in 2003, and since then, the business has gone from strength to strength. Greener Composting now receives nearly 20,000 tonnes/year of green waste which is cleaned and processed before being put back onto the land, thus completing its ‘green’ journey. The arable side to the farm has noticed a significant improvement in crop quality and yield since Greener Composting’s product has been used as a soil improver.