24 September 2012

Home composting is an environmentally-friendly approach to disposing of green garden waste which not only helps to significantly reduce carbon emissions but is also an effective and sustainable method to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

To encourage households to home compost Northamptonshire Waste Partnership with getcomposting.com is offering reduced price compost bins. Prices are £16 and £19 for a 220 litre and 330 litre bin respectively.

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

It’s important to have a good mixture of materials if you want to make a 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’ (vegetable peelings, old flowers, grass cuttings, spent bedding plants) and ‘browns’ (garden prunings, coffee grounds, tissues and paper napkins, cardboard, 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 www.northants.getcomposting.com