Richmondshire-made compost goes on sale in supermarket

Booths buyer Tom Hargreaves with Sam Wright and Neil Harper, Managing Director of Harper Bagged Products, with some of the Yorganics bags on sale at the Booths store in Settle, North Yorkshire.

A compost made from the garden waste of people living in Richmondshire is now on sale at retailer Booths.

And the product is proving popular with shoppers with 1,246 bags being sold in the first month of it going on sale.

The peat-free compost, which is made by North Yorkshire-based company Yorganics, is produced using the green waste recycled by people living in areas of Yorkshire including Richmondshire.

It is taken to local processing facilities where it undergoes a rigorous 11-week process to turn it into a compost which meets the British Standards Institution’s PAS100 standard, a nationally recognised standard within the organics recycling sector.

Yorganics is now available in 25 Booths stores across North Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria.

It follows a pitch made by Yorganics and its distributor, Harrogate-based Harper Bagged Products, to Booths’ buyer Tom Hargreaves.

Tom said: “We’re continually looking for ways to enhance our horticulture offering to customers, not only is Yorganics environmentally friendly but it’s also made in Yorkshire and we try where possible to support our local suppliers.

“It’s a great addition to the range and combined with a market-leading deal, it’s proving popular with our customers.’’

Yorganics field sales executive Sam Wright said: “Getting our peat-free, 100% recycled, local sourced compost into a highly-regarded retailer like Booths is a major boost and we are delighted it is selling so well, so quickly.

“It means Yorganics is now available across an even wider geographical area and along with our fantastic other stockists, we are raising awareness of our nationally accredited product which ideal for domestic, horticultural and agriculture use.

“Because it starts life in peoples’ gardens and effectively returns there, it is an excellent example of closed loop recycling, which is so important as we strive to protect the environment.”