Monday, 18 May 2015

Council Offers (Nearly) Free Compost Bins To Bush Residents

Free compost! Photo: Wikipedia
Hammersmith & Fulham Council is encouraging residents to compost their kitchen and garden waste. The Council has teamed up with to offer composters at subsidised prices, with a 220-litre model available for £12, instead of the usual £39.99. So, it's not exactly free, but it is being offered at a pretty big discount.

Blackwall 220 litre composter - just £12
What is the Council offering?
H&F Council has teamed up with to offer household composters at subsidised prices. A Blackwall 220 litre composter is just £12, instead of the usual £39.99. You can also buy an even bigger model for just £14. There is also a delivery charge of around £6.

Is composting difficult?
No. You don’t need to be an expert to compost. Just add garden waste, kitchen scraps and water. Turn it over occasionally - and let nature do the rest.

Why compost?
Households in England throw away around four million tons of kitchen and garden waste every year that could have been composted.  Composting helps reduce the amount of waste sent for incineration.  Plus, you don't have to buy compost for the garden.

What can you compost?
As well as garden waste, you can compost fruit and vegetable peelings, egg shells, tea bags, shredded paper, and other organic waste.

What can't you compost?
Avoid meat, fish, or bones. These will attract vermin.

Do I need to add worms?
No. Worms will find your compost, as if by magic.

How do I get my composter?
For more details visit Get Composting. Enter your postcode and the Council's offer will appear.

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1 comment:

  1. Rosemary Pettit of the Hammersmith Society adds the following note: "You don’t need to turn the compost over (difficult in a bin, anyway), just add layers or organic material (as you have said), interspersed with carbon stuff like torn-up cardboard and newspaper, cardboard egg boxes and shredded paper. It’s important to have a reasonable balance between nitrogen (green) and carbon (brown). Add water if the compost gets dry. Instructions to turn the compost over are impractical in a small town garden and put people off unnecessarily. Compost making is very satisfactory, making black gold from vegetable peelings, tea bags, old leaves, grass cuttings and garden waste. To avoid: meat, fish and cooked food, citrus (slows down the process) and wood (also too slow to disintegrate). Otherwise it is nature’s way to magic."