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Compost Awareness Week

The twelfth annual international Compost Awareness Week (CAW) will be held from Sunday 6th to Saturday 12th May 2012. Recycle for Northamptonshire is encouraging its residents to “Give Back to the Earth” in line with this year’s theme to promote the making and use of compost at home.

During the week, Northamptonshire Waste Partnership plans to stage a series of composting events based around the theme with the aim of highlighting the great environmental benefits of home composting. Click the Events Tab to find scheduled events.

Rebecca from Northamptonshire County Council said, “Most people don’t realise that up to 30% of their household bin is made up of organic waste which can be turned into compost.  Composting is an inexpensive, natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden.  It's both easy to make and use.  Home compost can improve soil structure, maintain moisture levels and help to keep your soil's PH balance in check while helping to suppress plant disease.”

UK households in England throw away around 4 million tonnes of waste every year that could have been composted.  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.

For those interested in home composting, now is the perfect time to get started.  Through Northamptonshire Waste Partnership, householders can purchase home compost bins for as little as £16.00 for the 220l model and £19.00 for the larger 330l version. 

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