Research & Innovation

Since its beginnings in 2005, the plant at Kilberry has become the leading Green Waste Recycling facility in Ireland. This success is in part thanks to the investment of a total of €6.5 million by Bord na Móna since its inception and the company’s focus on research & innovation.

The company operates under an EPS Waste Licence for 96,000 tonnes. This licence details and monitors the conditions under which Bord na Móna must operate and manage the facility. Environmental monitoring parameters also include noise, surface water, ground water, dust and micro-organisms.

What do we compost?

Research & Innovation - composting machine

  • Green waste
  • By-products from wood processing
  • By-products from brewing, malting and distilling industries
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Clean wood fibre and wood pulp
  • Botanical waste
  • Landscapers’ waste

Research and development

Research & Innovation - nursery

  • On-going temperature and carbon dioxide monitoring and controlling
  • Weekly testing in our laboratories
  • On-going product growing trials
  • R&D led by Dr Bill Carlile B.SC M.SC PHD and Dearbhail Ni Chualain B.SC M.SC. PHD

Our focus is on generating best in industry compost through a strong R&D programme and independent growing trials. We use this renewable compost to dilute our peat and conserve our scarce resource whilst ultimately making great products with great results. Diluting peat with green waste compost is high on our agenda. It’s our intention to lead the challenge to develop high yield alternatives to peat as growing media in both the retail and the professional markets.

 

EPA* Licence

Research & Innovation - Composting tractor

The company operates under an EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Waste Licence.

This details and monitors the conditions under which Bord na Móna must operate and manage the facility.

Environmental monitoring parameters also include noise, surface water, ground water, dust and micro-organisms.

Kilberry in operation

Research & Innovation - Kilberry in Operation

  • Incoming waste is shredded into smaller pieces
  • All shredded materials are combined to form windrows
  • Windrows are aerated mechanically by windrow turner
  • Temperature and CO2 levels are measured and sent to the laboratory
  • Following windrows composting, the material goes through a star screen which separates based on different sizes
  • Oversized materials are returned to the start and begin the process again

Resource recovery

Research & Innovation - Resource recovery

  • Facility available 52 weeks per year
  • Guaranteed outlet
  • Collection of material options available
  • Gate fees contingent on make-up of waste material
  • Waste acceptance procedures in operation