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Compost Awareness Week – May 6 -12

It's time for green-figured residents throughout Worcestershire to get their hands dirty as part of Compost Awareness Week (6th – 12th May)

Worcestershire County Council is encouraging residents to start composting in an attempt to cut down on biodegradable waste and also to bring their gardens to life with the help of things that would normally just get thrown in the bin.

Compost binMillions of tons of organic waste are thrown away each every year in the UK and much of it ends up on landfill sites where it can create harmful gases for the environment such as methane. Just throwing it away is preventing your organic refuse from fulfilling its true potential as a fantastic fertiliser for crops, grass and flowers.

Compost Awareness Week will be giving residents useful tips for how to get the best results from their compost heap, such as ensuring you have a good mix of greens; which includes organic matter such as grass, fruit scraps and vegetable peelings, and 'browns; which are items such as shredded twigs, hedge clippings and even toilet roll tubes.

Cllr Anthony Blagg, Worcestershire County Council's cabinet member for Environment and Waste Management said: "The art of composting can be both simple and satisfying. Also, with summer fast approaching, the composting process will naturally speed up in the warmer weather; meaning 'composters' will not have to wait long until they can enjoy the fruits of their labour."

Anyone who is interested in setting up a compost bin can do so from as little as £8 (plus £5 delivery) and that deal also includes a second bin half-price, if bought at the same time.

Further information about how to buy a compost bin can be found at www.getcomposting.com or by calling 0844 571 444. Go to www.letswasteless.com for useful tips on home composting and other ways that the people of Worcestershire can waste less and save more.

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