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Give composting a go

Media Release : 02 May 2018

International Compost Awareness week (6 - 12 May 2018) is the perfect time to start home composting.

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Home composting is an easy and effective way to divert garden waste and uncooked fruit and vegetable waste from disposal, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing gardeners with a free supply of nutrient-rich soil improver.
Although the benefits are seen in your own garden, you’ll be part of an international movement that began in Canada in 1995 aiming to raise global awareness of the benefits of recycling organics.
“The majority of Wealden homes have a garden so it makes good sense to recycle the organic waste you produce at home for the benefit of your home,” said Councillor Roy Galley, Wealden Cabinet member with responsibility for Waste Management. “As well as improving your garden, it helps cut back on vehicle emissions as there is no need to take garden waste to a Household Waste Recycling site or have your garden waste collected by recycling crews. In 2016/17 we collected over 15,000 tonnes of garden waste from people’s homes”
You may be surprised at how much organic waste you create at home which can be composted. This includes fruit and vegetable peelings, garden waste, cut grass, coffee grounds, tea leaves, eggshells, hair, wood, cardboard, paper and vegetarian pet bedding.
To encourage residents to get involved, Wealden District Council has some fantastic offers in partnership with East Sussex County Council. Discounted home composters can be purchased by Wealden residents for as little as £17.98 for a 220 litre bin and £19.98 for the 330 litre bin. In addition, residents can take advantage of the “Buy One Get One Half Price” offers to make further savings. Residents can also purchase food waste digesters. For full details on these offers or to order, visit www.escc.getcomposting.com or call Straight Plc on 0844 5714444.
The garden waste from the Council’s brown bin collections is taken to Veolia’s Woodlands In-Vessel Composting Facility in Whitesmith to be turned into soil conditioner. The large scale site enables faster composting by utilising higher temperatures. The compost is used to create soil enhancer which can be purchased from Household Waste Recycling Sites across East Sussex or is available in bulk from www.pro-grow.com.
For further information on recycling, including tips on composting, and how to reduce the amount of waste you produce, visit www.wealden.gov.uk. Alternatively you can email recycling@wealden.gov.uk or call the Waste Management Team on 01323 443322.