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Get your garden greener with National Compost Awareness Week

28 April 2016

A free compost giveaway and low cost compost bins are being offered to residents to mark National Compost Awareness Week.


If you haven’t done so already now is the time to get out in the garden and start your own compost heap.
The week, which runs from 1- 7 May 2016, promotes heaps of reasons why you should be composting including these top ten from National Compost Awareness Week, Recycle for Essex and Essex County Council: 

  1. 1. Composting at home is easy, all you need is a mixture of  garden clippings and kitchen peeling

  2. 2. It’s free, once you have bought your compost bin or built a heap.

  3. 3. Essex County Council helps residents get started by providing low cost compost bins and a helpful  online guide and regular newsletter

  4. 4. It reduces the amount of organic waste that goes to landfill sites; methane emissions from landfill account for 40 per cent of all UK methane emissions.

  5. 5. It reduces the amount of garden waste collected and processed by your local council therefore reducing  pollution and your carbon footprint

  6. 6. It is a brilliant alternative to peat, which is controversially dug to produce shop bought compost

  7. 7. It encourages wildlife: the natural process of decomposition require micro -organisms and invertebrates. These in turn may be eaten by slow worms, birds and hedgehogs.

  8. 8. It’s great for your garden; you know what you have put in it and so it’s as natural as you make it.

  9. 9. It improves the structure and nutrient content of your soil allowing you to grow healthy fruit vegetables and garden plants

  10. 10. It can also be used as a lawn dressing, mulch and potting mix.
  11. If you would like to give your garden a head start, why not visit the Compost Giveaway at Great Notley Country Park, on Thursday, 5 May 10am – 2pm where you can fill your boot with ready to take away compost.  Just remember to bring your own bags, gloves and shovels as you will be able to help yourself to a car boot load (based on a medium sized car boot).
A spokesperson from Essex County Council said: “Whether you are an enthusiastic amateur gardener or just getting started, setting up your own compost bin will not only benefit your garden but help reduce the amount of waste that needs to be processed.  Also don’t forget that if you do not have a compost bin then you visit Essex County Council’s website and order a new bin.”
To order your bin visit