26 April 2012
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council has teamed up with Waste Awareness Wales to encourage householders in the area to celebrate International Compost Awareness Week by taking the opportunity to get involved and try composting for themselves.
International Compost Awareness Week is being held from Sunday 6th to Saturday 12th May. The event aims to show people how simple home composting can be and the great results that can be achieved by turning your organic waste into nutrient-rich homemade compost.
Garden or ‘green’ organic waste such as grass cuttings, leaves and twigs is biodegradable and will decompose easily, and naturally, in a compost bin.
Instead of sending your grass cuttings and pruning’s to landfill they can be used to create a convenient and cost free compost that will enrich borders and vegetable patches, plant up patio containers and act as a soil conditioner to improve your lawn.
Alan Reed, Chief Officer Neighbourhood Services said: “Many people don’t realise how simple it is to home compost or just how much of their household waste can actually be composted. As well as autumn leaves, grass and hedge clippings, vegetable peelings and egg shells, you can put shredded cardboard, tea bags and even the contents of your vacuum cleaner into your compost bin.
“Once you’ve invested in a compost bin there are no further costs and you can have rich, homemade compost to use on your garden within as little as nine months. Anyone with outside space can compost as the bin can be set up on bare soil, concrete, tarmac or patio slabs and after filling up the bin all you need to do is wait.
“Home composting helps ensure that organic household waste doesn’t end up in landfill. Not only is this a waste of natural resources but it also takes up increasingly limited landfill space. What’s more, you’ll be left with a product that has everything your plants need to flourish and stay looking beautiful and healthy.
“If you don’t have a garden, remember that you can still recycle any vegetable peelings, fruit cores, teabags and egg shells by using your council food waste collection service.”
For further information please contact C2BG on 01495 311556 or visit www.blaenau-gwent.gov.uk