As the nights draw in, itâs a sign that autumn is on its way. The Met Office figures show that 2013 has been the hottest summer since 2006 and the higher than average temperatures along with the occasional heavy downpour has encouraged plant growth and an abundance of garden waste.
An environmentally friendly way to dispose of your garden and food waste is to compost it at home. Simply throw it into a compost bin and over the winter months it will rot down to produce a nutrient rich, free compost supply.
Cannock Chase Council in conjunction with Staffordshire Recycling Partnership currently offers residents in the District the opportunity to purchase a subsidised compost bin for as little as £16.98, which is less than half the recommended retail price of £39.
Councillor Carl Bennett, Environment Portfolio Leader said "Home composting provides an effective and sustainable way of reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill. Using a home compost bin will ensure that your brown wheelie bin is not over filled. If you start composting now, by spring next year you will have nutritious soil conditioner that will enrich your plants for the next year."
The secret of great compost is a good mix of materials (you donât want too much of any one material). If you have too many leaves for your compost bin, put the excess into a bin bag, make a few holes in it and leave it to rot down. It takes a little longer but the end result is a product which could be used in place of peat as potting compost.
To buy a compost bin as part of the scheme running in Staffordshire, visit www.staffs.getcomposing.com
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