About Us

Picture for the about-us page: Liverpool Liver building & compost heap.
Picture for the about-us page: Liverpool Liver building & compost heap.

Set up in 2019, Compost Works is a social enterprise with the mission of getting people in Liverpool to compost their food waste.

Our premise is that food waste is not rubbish!

It shouldn’t go into a landfill or be incinerated, which are not environmentally sound waste disposal practices. Composting is a natural process where food waste breaks down back into soil, either by worms or bacteria. It is an integral part of the cycle of life where nothing is wasted.

Our mission is to set up community compost schemes across Liverpool, in parks and other green spaces that are easily accessed by local residents. Compost produced from these schemes will then be used for local growing projects and to enhance community green spaces.

Food waste is not rubbish!

The Team

Inari Seppä

Treasurer

Roberta Peak

Director

Minna Alanko-Falola

CEO and Founder

Minna Alanko-Falola, founder

I’m a lifelong environmentalist and home composter. I grew up in Finland with ecologically conscious parents whose environmental values were firmly instilled in me. We always composted everything at home, and when I moved out to study at university and later to live in the UK, I continued to find ways to compost at home (although some of my early experimental home wormeries are best not discussed further!).

I started developing the concept of Compost Works in 2018 to be the change I wanted to see in the world. I was accepted onto the School of Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) Start Up Programme in the North West. I graduated from SSE in 2019 and registered Compost Works as a company soon after. I have 20 years’ experience in working in the voluntary sector, so running my own social enterprise fits well in that vein.

I am passionate about composting. We live in times where we are facing a number of environmental threats and concerns, many caused by human activity. The amount of rubbish we produce is one. Composting is something that anyone can do, given the opportunity and the tools. There is a real environmental impact in reducing household waste and turning your food waste into nutritious compost.

Dr Emily Bethell

Chair

I am a Senior Lecturer in Primate Behaviour at Liverpool John Moores University, where I run the MSc in Primate Behaviour and Conservation. I have had a life-long interest in wildlife and the environment, conducting primatological research in Africa and Central America, and more recently additionally working on primate welfare in captivity. Having spent my 20s and 30s living in a bus and a boat I didn’t start composting until more recently when I had a more permanent outdoor space.

I now live in St Michael’s Hamlet with my three rescue cats and four ex-battery hens, and a now well-established composting system, which feeds my allotment. The composting system comprises a wormery and two bokashi bins for food waste, and two large outdoor composters where all compostable waste ends up. The joy of redirecting waste from landfill and using it to grow food is something I want to share with everyone who has even the slightest interest. Composting is a win-win and I hope we can get community-scale composting running across Liverpool.

Inari Seppä

Treasurer

More information coming soon!

Roberta Peak

Director

More information coming soon!