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Rake in the rewards of composting this Autumn

Residents are being encouraged to get composting at home this autumn, to save money and help the environment

Date issued: 4 October 2018 

Colchester Borough Council is encouraging residents to get composting at home this autumn to save money and help the environment.

Home composting not only reduces your carbon footprint, but is also a great addition to your usual recycling habits as the nutrient-rich product is fantastic for your garden and could save you money too.

October is a busy month for keen gardeners and those picking up windfall fruit and autumn leaves. To encourage residents to get composting, Colchester Borough Council is promoting the compost bin special offer from Essex County Council. Bins are available from only £8.98. There’s also a multi-buy offer for residents with larger gardens or for those who team up with a friend of neighbour to buy a bin.

Composting at home is a quick, easy and cost-effective method of clearing away garden waste and making a free supply of compost to use in your garden for the spring. Whether it’s vegetable peelings and egg shells from the kitchen, a leftover pumpkin from Halloween, shredded paper or the cuttings from one last outing for the lawnmower, simply thrown it in your compost bin and over the winter months it will rot down to produce environmentally friendly compost.

Throughout October, Colchester Borough Council will be sharing composting hints and tips on its Facebook /EnjoyColchester and Twitter @YourColchester pages.

Depending on your recycling and rubbish collection method (either black bag or wheelie bin), Colchester residents kerbside limits for garden waste is one full brown wheelie bin (with a closable lid) or four white sacks. Residents requiring white sacks can claim up to four bags for free by downloading a voucher redeemable in one of our local stockists. More information and the downloadable voucher can be found at www.colchester.gov.uk/recycling

Cllr Martin Goss, Portfolio Holder for Waste, Environment and Transportation, said: “Home composting contributes to a greener, cleaner Colchester and is a really effective way to recycle garden waste. Composting throughout the autumn and winter provides excellent compost for use in the spring and also benefits residents who have larger gardens as it can help them to keep within the kerbside collection limits for garden waste.”

To find out more about the benefits of composting at home and how you can get involved, visit: www.recycleforessex.com/news-and-ideas/try-composting-at-home  

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