Did you know 1/3 of your household waste could be used for composting? Composting is a natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden, for free. Anyone with outside space can compost at home, and it’s easy to make and use.
All you need to do is provide the right ingredients and let nature do the rest.
The Surrey Waste Partnership (which is made up of Surrey County Council and the 11 district and borough councils in the county) is offering home composting bins at fantastic prices, starting from £14.00 (RRP £39.00), to encourage more residents to compost at home.
Even if you do compost already, there maybe a few extra things you could put in. For example: empty cereal packets and egg boxes; fruit scraps and vegetable peelings; tea bags and coffee grounds; vacuum bag contents and even vegetarian pet bedding, are in fact great ingredients to make compost. Mix this in with garden waste such as old flowers and nettles; wood chippings and straw; twigs and dried leaves, and you have the perfect recipe. When it is finished the compost will be like a fine soil, ready to use.
Use it on your flower beds and vegetable plots, patio planters, hanging baskets and even window boxes. Compost keeps your plants growing healthily, by improving soil structure and fertility, maintaining moisture levels and keeping your soil’s PH balance in place.
It is good for the environment. Home made compost produces ‘peat-free’ compost. This eradicates the need to buy peat products, which have been commercially sourced and extracted from peat bogs, resulting in the release of stored carbon from the bogs. In the UK alone, up to 94% of the UK’s lowland peatbogs have been damaged or destroyed, destroying the habitats of the rare plants and animals that live there.
And by putting less household waste out for collection, less energy is required as there are fewer vehicle movements, waste handling and industrial processes involved, and less waste going to landfill.
Composting at home is the easiest way to recycle your waste because you can do it at home, in your own time. It takes little space and effort, and it's so rewarding. Once you start, you’ll be surprised to see just how much the waste in your kitchen bin and garden bin reduces by – simply by putting suitable waste items into the compost bin instead.
Spring into composting at home and make the most of the waste you throw away.
To buy a bin or to dig up more advice on how to turn your table scraps and garden waste into compost, visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/getcomposting
or call 0844 571 4444.