ALBEMARLE ALLOTMENTS ASSOCIATION
Albemarle Fly Tip
They don’t call them fly tips for nothing. Dumped rubbish attracts all sorts of creepy crawlies, flies and rats - not something you would like in your own back yard.
However, over many years, when we had regular skips, fly tipping in our skip was a considerable nuisance – mattresses, TV’s, kitchen units and tiles, computers – the list is extensive, and you name it, we had it dumped in our skip.
But that was not the most annoying, not by half. The most annoying were the people coming on the site and dumping soil and building rubble by our (then) two compost bays. The people driving to the back of the site and dumping bathroom fittings, supermarket trolleys, even a toddlers paddle pool over the railway line fence (plus a mass of other detritus – you have to see it to believe it!)
In addition, also by the railway line, is a plot that is used as a car park area, and shrinking rapidly, due to fly tipping. The latest is a small load of building rubble.
And not all of our plotholders are innocent of this antisocial behaviour (fouling our site due to sheer laziness, or unwillingness to dispose of properly). If caught in the act, they will be immediately evicted.
There will not longer be any more skips (unless there is a specific reason, organised by the Committee)
We have 4 new bays for composting organics, plus one each for wood, metal and glass. Everything else should be taken home and put in your domestic bins (carpets, plastic, bricks etc)
And about composting – it’s not rocket science (see “Waste Disposal Rules”).
Albemarle ’s Committee is going to get a shredder/chipper to dispose of brambles and tree prunings, and also it can shred your compostable waste (for a small fee, of course, the cost of petrol).
There is no excuse for fly tipping – it’s totally antisocial and does considerable harm to our site, the environment and our wildlife.
Waste Disposal Rules
1. Try to compost as much green waste as possible on your plot. They have taken the nutrients out of your soil, so it is pay-back time! These nutrients, once composted, can go back into your soil. Mares tails, perennial grass roots, dock, dandelion and bindweed can all be composted, if covered or put in sealed plastic bags. Brambles can be composted (green or woody – the woody would need to be shredded). A year later this green ‘waste’ can be dug back into the soil and add it’s nutrients and much needed fibre into your sandy soil. If you add comfrey leaves, you will also be adding fertiliser.
2. Green Waste, including weeds, not disposed of on your plot may be put into one of the concrete composting bays with the exception of diseased plants, like brassica roots (carrier of club root and root fly), carrots with carrot fly and blighted tomatoes and diseased potatoes. These should be put in a plastic sack and taken home to be put in your black bin.
3. There will be no more skips. So for non-compostables (plastic, carpets, bricks) take home, bit by bit, if necessary.
4. The new compost bays are: 4 for compostable disease-free green waste, that you cannot cope with on your plot. There is also 1 bay for metal (which we can sell, for future redevelopments to our site), 1 bay for wood, and 1 bay for glass and hazardous waste (including suspected asbestos).
5. Albemarle Allotments has been acknowledged as the first site in Greater Manchester as a site of biological interest (and we have a certificate to prove it!). Let us improve on this. We are not a site that can win accolades for the tidiest or neatest (far from it!) but we think we are doing our best to promote good practice and a cohesive Association that works for all its members, and we hope our members will reciprocate.