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Machine turns zoo poo to compost

Elephant
Staff said elephants were the biggest contributors to the process

A zoo has invested in a 150,000 machine to turn into compost the manure produced every year by its animals.

Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire has about 1,000 mammals, birds and reptiles which produce about 800 tonnes of waste each year.

The Hotrot in-vessel composting system converts waste into compost in just more than two weeks.

The zoo plans to use the compost on its flower beds and to help grow crops which would be fed to its animals.

Buying the machine means that Twycross will no longer have to send waste to landfill.

Keepers said the attraction's elephants were the biggest contributors to the process.

Zoo conservation officer Claire Pipes said: "We buy the food, feed it to the animals and it comes out at the other end.

"We collect it up, compost it, grow stuff for the animals which then goes back into their mouths.

"It's a way of keeping our waste on site."

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