Stallcombe House is a residential community for adults with learning disabilities. It provides a happy and safe work place with a holistic and organic approach to personal health and the living environment. Appropriately located on Sanctuary Lane, Stallcombe house is just outside Exeter in South Devon. The gardens and house provide the perfect setting for the range of therapeutic and developmental activities on offer. Some of the many sustainable initiatives at Stallcombe House include an organic garden, water bore hole, reed bed, bio mass boiler and solar array as well as a Ridan Food Waste composter recycling all food waste produced on site!
Winners of Sustainable Ethos and Best Overall Business categories at the Devon Environmental Business Initiative Awards 2015
Excellent nutrition in every way is also part of the Stallcombe ethos, so the food is largely organic and much of it is grown on site, as such it is delicious and there aren’t many leftovers! But fresh food preparation creates a lot of trimmings which in turn create some fantastic compost which is used to enrich the soil in these wonderful productive gardens. Gardening and composting is a joint operation enjoyed by both staff and residents to the benefit of everyone.
‘The Ridan Composter is the ideal solution to our former problem of cooked waste disposal. It also fits in with our sustainable ethos within our community. Our residents supported by staff are involved with the process that is so beneficial to our environment. We are now looking to increase the amount of food waste inputted, which in turn will reduce the payback time to under three years. During our initial setting up Dan from Ridan was always available over the phone to help us resolve any hick ups we discovered. The composter has proved itself to be a very worthwhile investment. Well done Ridan!’
Tom, manager, Stallcombe house
Initial costs £4270, Large Ridan + 3 Maturation Boxes
Annual savings total £1110/year (£360 on compost and £750 in waste collections)Food waste added/week: 200Litres
Compost made/year: 3000Litres
Reduction in CO2 emissions: 10 tonnes/year