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Jamie Oliver’s Kitchen Garden Project schools get 10% discount!

We are very proud to be offering a 10% discount on all Large and Medium Ridan Composters to schools signed up to Jamie Oliver’s Kitchen Garden Project.  Jamie’s Kitchen Garden Project aims to empower primary school teachers to integrate growing and cooking into the school day.  They offer a range of ideas, resources and support to  help teachers equip students with the knowledge and confidence to cook and grow from scratch.  The heart of the project is all about food; where it comes from, how to cook it and how it affects your body.  Jamies Garden Kitchen Project is designed to inspire children’s eating habits for a lifetime!  The team at Jamies Kitchen Garden Project are passionate and keen.  They realise that teachers are stretched and no two schools are the same so their resources are designed to empower teachers to deliver fantastic lessons supporting the curriculum. 


Jamie's Kitchen Garden Project
Jamie’s Kitchen Garden Project

We at Ridan  feel we sit perfectly alongside Jamies Kitchen Garden Project as composting can close that loop to demonstrate a sustainable solution to food waste.  If students can grow their own food and cook it then why not recycle any food waste to make compost to grow more?  So check out Jamie Oliver’s Kitchen Garden Project for more information.

EAGer to start school composting at Ellon Academy

Ellon Academy gets composting

School composting

Susan Swallow, head of the Ellon Acadamy Gardeners or EAGer bunch was excited to see us when we arrived at Ellon school with their brand new Ridan composter just after Easter.  We went up to deliver to the brand new £35 million pound purpose built Academy on Tuesday the 29th of March.  The plan is for all the organic waste from the kitchens to be turned into lovely rich compost for the gardens around the site.  The EAGer bunch are a group of students that meet every week.  Their aims are to ‘build a garden and grow lots of edible produce and encourage wildlife with flowers and habitat boxes’.

We wrapped up and braced ourselves against the Scottish climate and got the composter set up and ready for a presentation talk to school staff and members of Ellon Resource Centre.  Both the school and members of the Resource Centre will have a role in maintaining the gardens and most importantly the composter.  Students at the school will be responsible during term time with the daily operation of the Ridan.  Their tasks will include collection of the organic food waste from the kitchen and sawdust from the Design Technology department.  They will also have to load the composter, turn the handle each day as well as load the compost into the maturation bins.


Pupils from the enrichment program and some small curricular classes will be responsible for filling the RIDAN and turning the handle each day.  We are thrilled to have this ability to make our own compost on site.  The funding was awarded as part of an “Access to Education” grant for us to create a composting challenge.  The challenge will involve other types of composting – set up as an orienteering task around the new site so watch this space for more as we build the different composting stations!


Funding for the Ridan composter came from the Bags of Help grant from Tesco.

Tesco started the scheme with money generated by the 5p carrier bag charge.  The school won second place which gave them £10,000 towards setting up a composting challenge.  The challenge involves multiple different types of composting set up around the school grounds, each one a base on an orienteering task.  The Ridan is first base so far!  We look forward to hearing about all the others as they arrive on site.

As always it is a pleasure to meet enthusiastic people who are working hard to set valuable examples to the next generation.  Susan Swallow is one of the

Cullompton Community College start their onsite food waste recycling scheme with a Big Bang!

Cullompton Community College start their onsite food waste recycling scheme with a Big Bang!


One of our latest and more interesting deliveries was to a secondary school, Cullompton Community College. Many schools opt to recycle their food waste with a Ridan but what was interesting about this delivery was it was all instigated, researched and pioneered by the students.

cullompton community college students show off their new Ridan food waste composter.
cullompton community college students show off their Ridan food waste composter.

The students took part in an annual Go4Set competition which takes place over 10 weeks and sees a small team of 12-14 year olds tackle a project aimed at bringing education and industry together. The projects are often based around the school building or an aspect of the local community and designed to inspire students towards a STEM (Science, technology, engineering and Math) career. The Go4Set group from Cullompton took their ideas to the Big Bang Fair in Exeter, returning victorious they were determined to see their ideas implemented. Starting with their very own Ridan food waste composter!

With a Ridan the school will be able to recycle ALL their kitchen food waste into quality compost that will be spread on the school grounds.

This closed loop system is a fantastic demonstration of sustainability for all students, staff and parents.   ‘Cullompton Community College, located in East Devon, is a caring, friendly and high achieving community of learners of  529 students aged 11-16.’ The students who started the project are currently working with the present year 7s to develop a Green team to take the project forward and oversee the management of the Ridan composter.  Projects like the Go4Set project are fantastic opportunities for students; but to see a school actually take the next step and implement the students’ findings is great.  It illustrates to the great minds of tomorrow that with hard work and researched evidence they can influence and improve the world around them.

Upminster Junior School start food waste composting

School Food Waste Composter

Upminster Junior School in Essex, East London have been looking for an easy way in which to recycle their food waste and after careful consideration decided that a Ridan in- vessel composting system would be the best solution. The above system was installed just before Christmas and will start to be used as soon as the school start 2014, Happy New Year!  http://www.upminster-jun.havering.sch.uk/