With the warmer weather this summer, and the occasional almost tropical rain storm, gardens in Cornwall have flourished, creating an abundance of surplus garden waste.

With autumn almost upon us, the time has come to prune, trim and prepare the garden for next year. But what should you do with all the debris?

Instead of seeing it as waste, think of it as the magic ingredient that with very little work can be recycled to give you a free supply of top quality compost.

Simply throw it into a compost bin and over the winter months it will rot down to produce environmentally friendly compost for your garden that will suppress weeds and retain moisture in the drier months.

Home composting has many benefits:

  • It’s easy to make and easy to use.
  • It produces a free continual source of the very best compost.
  • Improves soil structure.
  • Maintains moisture.
  • Helps the soil PH balance.
  • Suppresses plant disease.
  • Reduces the need for polluting bonfires.
  • Reduces carbon emissions
  • Helps to divert organic waste from landfill.

Bert Biscoe, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Transportation and Waste said ‘Typically, one third of all household rubbish and garden waste is organic matter which can be recycled at home in a compost bin. Home composting not only helps to significantly reduce carbon emissions, it can also be used as an effective and sustainable waste management method to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.’

To encourage residents to get composting, Cornwall Council has teamed up with Getcomposting.com to offer Home Compost Bins at special offer prices from only £19.98 (RRP £39). There is also a ‘buy one get one half price offer’, adding extra value to residents with larger gardens or those who team up with a friend or neighbour to buy a bin.

The traditional compost bins are suitable for turning garden waste and uncooked vegetable waste into compost, but if you want to broaden the range of material that can be recycled to include cooked food, we now have Green Johanna compost bins available for a limited time only at the fantastic subsidised price of just £24.00 .

Getcomposting also have some very special offers on a range of other green goodies including special offer water butts with ‘buy one get one half price’ and a selection of accessories.

The Council’s website also has general information on recycling and waste including tips on how to reduce the amount of waste you produce,

Story posted 25 September 2014

Via: http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/council-news-room/media-releases/news-from-2014/news-from-september-2014/dont-waste-your-waste-get-composting-this-autumn/