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Grow a Greener Garden - Compost Awareness Week 2016

17 May 2016

Budding gardeners alert - to enrich your flower beds, boost your vegetable patch or add colour to your hanging baskets, call at one of Mid Ulster District Council’s Recycling Centres and pick up some free compost. Available from Saturday 21st May.

The compost, supplied by NWP (Armagh), has been made from the organic material collected in brown bins and green waste collected at Council Recycling Centres.

Loose and bagged compost will be available at Magherafelt, loose compost at Cookstown, and bagged compost from Coalisland and Fivemiletown. Get there early as demand will be high and it is a case of first come, first served. One bag or one small car trailer load of loose compost is available free per household.

Composting is a great way for households to reduce the amount of waste they send to landfill sites, and the resulting carbon emissions. More than one third of household waste is made up of organic material which could be composted. Garden waste, fruit and vegetable peelings, egg shells, food leftovers, tea bags and cold ashes are all ideal for composting.

Your kitchen caddy is a great way of collecting your food scraps. You can put all your plate scrapings and food scraps into your caddy, whether raw or cooked. Once it is full simply empty the contents into your brown bin.

The average household could divert over a quarter of the contents of their black bin by using their kitchen caddy and brown bin, or the Councils Recycling Centres to turn garden waste into compost. Alternatively, you could try home composting – save money, reduce waste in your black bin and get blooming good results for your garden! Home compost bins are available free of charge from the Environmental Services depots.

There is often a belief that waste such as vegetable peelings or garden waste is harmless, but if disposed of in a landfill site they can cause greenhouse gases to be released into the atmosphere. Home composting is a simple alternative that anyone can manage if they have a garden or allotment – or even a patio or outside space.

The Council’s Chair of the Environment Committee, Councillor Christine McFlynn urged residents to take advantage of this opportunity. “Not only is composting great for the environment, but it can also be beneficial to gardens, as it improves the quality of soil, making it perfect for growing flowers and plants. It also reduces the need for packaged peat garden products and diverts waste from landfill ensuring ‘greener’ results all round!”  

For further information please contact Environmental Services on 03000 132 132 or email: recycling@midulstercouncil.org


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