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About Us

At Community Compost Solutions, our mission is to create nutrient rich soil by diverting food waste and organic materials from landfills.


Our team is led by a long time community activist and award winning sustainability champion, Graham Ellis, who has a passion for creating compost. We believe that composting is the key to creating a sustainable and healthy environment. Our services are designed to help individuals, businesses, and communities reduce their carbon footprint and make a positive impact on the planet.

Meet The Team

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Josephine Petley


"I'm a biologist with a background in conservation and behaviour. I have a BSc in Biology with Zoology Hons and an MSc in Sustainable Water Management. After taking a career break to focus on my family, I worked for the West Cumbria Rivers Trust and have recently moved to Rye. I'm passionate about sustainability, community and gardening! "

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Graham Ellis


"I'm a long-time community activist and sustainability champion passionate about creating compost. I founded a sustainable community project in Hawaii where I planted over 200 diverse fruit trees as part of an agroforestry development. Located on Lava Rock, I spent thirty years learning the art of creating soil from local resources. Here in Rye, I’m dedicated to sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm with anyone and helping create Zero Waste events and townships."

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Dena Ellis


"I’m a Health and Wellness Coach with a private practice, and staff member at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  I also hold an MBA in Strategic Management and Leadership. My true passion lies within the social fabric of sustainable community building and I’ve served on many boards, including the Hawaii Sustainable Community Alliance.  I’m the chair of trustees for the Rye Community Food and Wildlife Garden and the co-founder of the Sustainable Living Forum."

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Tim Redfern


"I'm a keen permaculturalist, part-time professional performer and museum practitioner who also works as an energy adviser for Citizens Advice.


When not doing any of the above, I love to turn my prized compost pile to rejuvenate my perennial beds!"

Partners, businesses and organisations supporting our programs

We are proud to be partnered with and work closely with local businesses and organizations who share our mission of sustainability. Their support is vital in helping us achieve our goal of creating a healthy and sustainable environment. If you'd like to support us too, you can donate or contact us about a partnership!

Partners, buineess & supporters


  • Jempson's Foundation

  • Sussex Community Foundation​

  • Rother District Council Wellbeing Fund

  • Making It Happen


  • Rye Community Garden

  • Love Lane Allotments

  • Southern Housing

  • Rother District Council

  • Rye Town Council

Businesses & Organisations

  • Rye Chamber of Commerce

  • Rye College

  • Rye Scouts

  • Jempsons Supermarket

  • Rye Leisure Centre

  • Cafe de Fleurs

  • The Apothocary

  • Simon the Pieman​​

  • License 2 Kale

  • ​Kino Theatre

  • White House

  • The Cornish Bakery

  • Jempsons Cafe

  • A Slice of Rye

  • Mermaid Cafe

  • Rye Nature Reserve Discovery Centre

  • Bosun’s Bite Cafe


Supporters of our Crowdfunder

We are excited to announce that with the help of our community's support, we raised over £12k which enabled us to purchase an electric van for our compost transportation.

We've had over 70 supporters and for this, we'd like to say a huge THANK YOU and that your generosity is greatly appreciated.

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