To celebrate Compost Awareness Week (6-12 May) Essex residents can bag themselves some free compost by coming along to a special giveaway event in Braintree.
The giveaway takes place at the Discovery Centre in Great Notley Country Park
on Saturday 12 May from 10am-3pm. Residents are advised to bring heavy duty bags and a shovel so they can bag up their own compost.
The giveaway have been organised by Essex County Council, using compost made from recycled garden waste collected at the kerbside and at recycling centres. The compost will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
Members of the Recycle for Essex team will also be on hand to offer advice on making compost at home.
For details of other events taking place in Essex as part of Compost Awareness Week visit www.recycleforessex.co.uk
Home composting helps to keep garden and household waste from going to landfill, and produces nutritious compost which can be used on flower beds, vegetable plots, patio planters, hanging baskets and window boxes.
Almost a third of household waste can be home composted, including some uncooked kitchen scraps (including banana skins, apple cores and vegetable peelings), teabags, crushed eggshells, small pieces of paper and cardboard.
Making compost at home is also a great alternative to buying commercially produced mixes which often contain peat. Peat mining is known for its harmful effects on wildlife and the release of powerful greenhouse gases.
Spring is the ideal time to start home composting, and Essex residents can take advantage of some fantastic offers on compost bins, with prices starting at just £16 plus delivery. For more details visit www.recycleforessex.co.uk
A big garden is not needed in order to get composting at home. There are a range of options available, such as wormeries that can be used in a small outdoor space. Using a kitchen composter with a home compost bin can increase the amount of food items that can be home composted (including meat, cheese and cooked food).
County Councillor Kevin Bentley, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Waste said: “I urge residents to take advantage of our free compost giveaways and give their gardens a boost in time for the summer. Home composting is another way that we can reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill, and Compost Awareness Week is the ideal time to get started.”