Free compost, bargain green waste bins and expert advice are all on offer during National Compost Awareness Week.
From Tuesday 7th to Tuesday 14th May, the Suffolk Waste Partnership will be highlighting the environmental and financial benefits of those who choose to make and use their own compost.
To celebrate the week and to thank Suffolk people for supporting green waste recycling services, officers will be giving out a free bag of compost (while stocks last) to residents visiting the Household Waste Recycling Centres at Portman Walk, Ipswich (Tuesday 7th May, 10am to 4pm), and at Foxhall (Tuesday 14th May, 10am to 4pm). Green-fingered residents will be able to pick up a 25 litre bag of soil improver together with information on home composting and green waste collection services.
Suffolk Master Composter volunteers will be on hand to show people how to compost at home and to offer free trouble-shooting advice at Compost Clinics at Endeavour House, Russell Road, Ipswich, on Tuesday 7th May and Thursday 9th May (both 11.30am to 2pm).
When sent to landfill, organic waste breaks down without oxygen, producing methane, which contributes to global warming. But Ipswich could divert 150kg of this organic material a year from landfill by home composting.
Most garden waste and some uncooked food waste can easily be composted in a basic compost bin or heap, and these are available to Suffolk residents for under £17 through the scheme.
Recent studies of waste going to Suffolk landfill has shown that 19% is either cooked food ororganic kitchen waste, that cannot usually be composted at home. To target this, the Suffolk Waste Partnership is offering a further £20 off three types of composting system designed to process cooked food.
Home composting is the cheapest and most environmentally friendly way to deal with the compostable material that makes up 30 per cent of an average household’s waste, said a Suffolk Waste Partnership spokesman.
For details of all the items available to Suffolk households through the offer, and to order visit www.suffolk.getcomposting.com or call 0844 571 4444. Further details on all Suffolk Compost Awareness Week activities are listed on www.suffolkrecycling.org.uk