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Get composting this autumn

With autumn upon us, it’s time to think about tidying up the garden and preparing the soil for the spring.  The traditional picture of autumn gardening is of a smoky bonfire that pollutes the atmosphere. However, a much more environmentally friendly approach is to compost your green garden waste.

Home composting not only helps significantly to reduce carbon emissions, it is also an effective and sustainable method to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

To encourage households to home compost, Herefordshire Council and Worcestershire County council in partnership with getcomposting.com are offering reduced price compost bins, from as little as £8 plus £5 delivery per order.

The wet summer has encouraged plant growth and created an abundance of garden prunings, spent bedding plants and grass cuttings, all of which can be recycled over the coming months to produce a free supply of compost rich in nutrients.

Councillor Harry Bramer Cabinet Member for Major Contracts says: “It’s important to have a good mixture of materials if you want to make good quality compost. As well as green garden waste, you can compost fruit and vegetable peelings, egg shells, tea bags, pet hair, and even shredded paper.  Try to aim for a 50/50 mix of ‘greens’ like vegetable peelings, old flowers, grass cuttings, spent bedding plants and ‘browns’, waste such as garden prunings, coffee grounds, tissues and paper napkins, cardboard and vacuum cleaner dust.”

If you get it right, this autumn’s waste will provide a free supply of nutritious soil conditioner that will enrich your spring planting, producing an abundance of flowers, fruit and vegetables next year.

To order your compost bin call 0844 571 4444 or visit online at www.getcomposting.com A variety of sizes and composting accessories are also available.

For more information about home composting and other waste prevention initiatives visit  please visit www.letswasteless.com or call 01905 766883.

This offer is exclusive to residents of Herefordshire and Worcestershire council areas only.