Why should we compost?
Everyone that has a garden should consider composting. Up to 50% of house hold waste can be composted which is highly beneficial. Every item of organic material you compost means less rubbish going to land fill. Some organic material will decompose in land fills but others will not, forming a liquid compound that is damaging to the environment. As a result Gloucestershire Local Authorities are working with WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme) to encourage people throughout the UK to home compost. Gloucestershire County Council have also formed a partnership with www.evergreener.com to offer home composting bins at bargain prices to make it cheaper and easier for Gloucestershire residents to compost. Composting at home for one year can save global warming gases equivalent to all the carbon dioxide your kettle produces annually.
If you don’t have a garden you can still recycle organic waste. A wormery will deal with kitchen waste and produce a nutritious feed for your pot plants.
What should we compost?
Raw vegetable peelings
100% cotton or wool articles
Brown paper bags
Toilet roll tubes
Vacuum cleaner bag contents (only if you have wool carpets!)
Scrunched up newspaper
What we can’t compost?
Treated wood products
Man made fibres
Dog or cat waste
- A caddy in the kitchen will help you get into the composting habit
- Get a good mix of ‘greens’ (e.g. vegetable peelings) and ‘browns’ (e.g. scrunched up cardboard) and layer them alternatively. This will help create air pockets for the microbes that break the material down and speeds up the rotting process
- You can add even more air by occasionally mixing the compost in the bin with a fork or broom handle
- Keep it up for 6-12 months, and you’ll have beautiful, rich compost to improve the soil on your plant or vegetable beds – and all for free!
Where can we get composting bins?
The Recycle now organisation is currently offering many different types of composting bins at reduced prices. Simply go to www.recyclenow.com and go to the composting section. Below the provided information is a section called ‘The Kit You Need’. Under this click on ‘compost bins’ and you will be asked to type in your post code. From here the available bins will be displayed. A selection of those are presented below.
You can also enquire about composting or order your new bin by calling recycle now on 0845 077 0760.
Alternatively Vision 21 can offer advice and information. Please call 01242 224321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org