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Have you ever thought about turning over a new leaf and home composting your household rubbish to help tackle our growing waste problem?

Well, what better time to start than during Compost Awareness Week, which takes place from Sunday to Saturday (6 to 12 May).


Compost Awareness Week aims to encourage more people to recognise the benefits of home composting. Great results can be achieved by using peat-free composts containing recycled materials in the garden and residents who order their compost bin during Compost Awareness Week could win £100 of gardening vouchers.

“As a nation we produce around 30 million tonnes of rubbish each year and over half of this waste can be easily recycled,” said Rebecca Jackson, waste minimisation and composting officer. “In fact, over one third of the contents of an average UK household dustbin can be home composted, not to mention all the garden waste that can be added to a compost bin. Yet many people still do not recognise how important and simple this is to do.”

As part of composting week, the council will be holding roadshows from 10 am to 4 pm at Notcutts Garden Centre, Oundle Road, in Orton Waterville, on bank holiday Monday (7 May) and outside the Town Hall on Wednesday (9 May), to raise awareness about the benefits of home composting and offer advice on how to get started.

Home composting is a natural way of recycling and you can compost lots of items of household rubbish you would normally through away for landfill such as garden waste, fruit and vegetable peelings, egg shells and tea bags.

Not only can this waste be turned into an excellent, and free, soil conditioner for your garden but it is one of the best ways in which we can all help to reduce the waste we are producing.

It is now easier than ever to start composting as Peterborough City Council is part of the national WRAP composting scheme and residents can buy a home composting unit from as little as £8, including delivery.

Visit www.recyclenow.com/compost or phone 0845 077 0757 to order yours.

May 2007 - Peterborough UK Community Website




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