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Compost Awareness Week

International Compost Awareness Week (CAW) is here and this is your opportunity to get involved! Whether you are new to composting or an old hand there is lots you can do to boost your composting activity.

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CAW aims to encourage more people to realise the benefits of home composting and the great results that can be achieved by using peat-free composts containing recycled material. Composting is easy to do and gives you a lifetimes worth of free nutritious material to put back into your garden.

Here are just some of the things we could all try this Compost Awareness Week.

  • New to composting? Why not give composting a go. Anyone with outside space can compost at home.
  • Already a compost champion? Think about additional things you could compost, such as eggs shells, tea bags or even the contents from your vacuum cleaner. Check the list of compostable items here.
  • Don’t know what to do with your compost? Try using your homemade compost to enrich your borders or to give your potted plants and containers an extra boost.
  • Ever tried peat-free compost? It’s made from recycled materials - and that’s good news for the environment because it helps to cut down the amount of organic waste that is sent to landfill.
  • Fancy being a wormery wonder? Wormeries are ideal for people who don’t produce very much garden waste or have limited outside space. Small amounts of garden waste can go into a wormery, together with some cooked food scraps.

Why is it so important?

Home composting helps to keep garden and household waste out of landfill sites, and also produces nutritious compost, which can be used on flower beds and vegetable plots, for patio planters, hanging baskets and even window boxes.

Do your bit to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. Even for households that are already composting, new research has found that almost half of the food waste in their rubbish bins could have been composted. Yet many people still do not recognise how important and simple this is to do.

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