Local residents can bag themselves free compost from 8 – 12 May courtesy of Mid Ulster District Council!
The giveaway is part of Compost Awareness Week and the free compost – which comes from food recycling in Mid Ulster – will be available from the Council’s three main recycling centres.
From Tuesday 8 May loose compost will be available at the Cookstown, Dungannon and Magherafelt Recycling Centres.
The incentive comes as part of the Council’s continued effort to increase food waste recycling in the brown bin. Recent statistics have revealed that food waste still accounts for 26% of the waste deposited in the black bin.
Each year the UK throws away a staggering 15 million tonnes of food waste! And around half of this comes from our homes. Food waste that is sent to landfill doesn’t harmlessly breakdown. It has a big impact on the environment as it rots and releases methane - a harmful greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
Food waste can be avoidable – food that we don’t use before it goes out of date or food that we cook too much of and can’t eat! So make sure you follow the food waste reduction advice and tips at www.lovefoodhatewaste.com If you are a family of four, you could be saving as much as £60 each month!
But there is also unavoidable food waste – this includes egg shells, banana skins, apple cores, meat bones, tea bags and coffee grounds. This is food waste that we all generate and is perfect for turning into compost when placed in our brown bins. Garden waste and ashes can also be disposed of in the brown bin. Waste disposed of in our kitchen caddies and brown bins is collected by the Council and taken to the composting contractor Natural World Products where it is converted into high quality approved New Leaf Compost for use in our gardens, in agriculture, on golf courses and for garden landscaping.
In 2017, in Mid Ulster we composted almost 13,000 tonnes of food and garden waste by using our brown bins!
Chair of the Council’s Environment Committee, Councillor Ronan McGinley, commented, “The issues of food waste and reducing the amount of waste we send to landfill are strategic priorities for the Council. Residents are doing fantastic work on the ground and this is shown by our position in the recycling league tables year-on-year. However there is still more that can be done. To have food waste still accounting for over a quarter of black bin contents is quite a harrowing figure and one we should be aiming to reduce significantly.
“Compost Awareness Week allows us to not only reward our residents for their great effort but also helps us promote the benefits of recycling food waste properly in the brown bin. The more food waste we dispose of correctly in our brown bin, the less goes to landfill and can instead be converted into this high quality compost.”
A limited supply of the compost is available and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. One small trailer load is available per household or bring along sturdy bags to fill. When it’s gone, it’s gone.
Opening hours for the three recycling centres are: Monday 8.30am-5.30pm, Tuesday-Thursday 8.30am -7.30pm, Saturday 8.30am–5.30pm. Last collection 10 minutes before closing. Please note that the recycling centres will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday 7 May.
For more information contact Environmental Services on 03000 132 132 or go to www.midulstercouncil.org/recycle or download the Council’s free Bin-ovation app.