We are passionate about recycling old thatch at a green waste treatment facility.
Here in these pictures we have just unloaded a ton of old dry straw which will be mulched up with other green waste and eventually sold as fertiliser after going through various grading processes.
This treatment of the old thatch completes the circle of the straw growing from the soil and returning to the soil. The dark pile on the right in the second picture is how the waste ends up.
See also my blog item of April 7th 2011.
Here is a link to a waste site which is very informative http://www.material-change.com/