International Compost Awareness Week
International Compost Awareness Week runs from 7-13 May this year and we’ll be celebrating compost all week long!
Compost Awareness Week seeks to promote the benefits of using compost to improve or maintain high quality soil, to grow healthy plants, reduce the use of fertiliser and pesticides, improve water quality and protect the environment. This year’s theme is Healthy Soil, Healthy Food.
The Benefits of Composting
Composting, as WRAP explains, is an inexpensive, natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden. It’s easy to make and use.
Home composting is great for the environment, as it prevents food and garden waste ending up in landfill or being burned for energy generation. Composting at home for just one year can save global warming gases equivalent to all the CO2 your kettle produces annually. Or all the gases your washing machine produces in three months.
What’s more at the end of the composting process you get free natural fertiliser for your garden. Your compost is a nutrient-rich food product for your garden. It will help improve soil structure, maintain moisture levels, and keep your soil’s pH balance in check while helping to suppress plant disease.
So make your food and garden waste work for you! Find out everything you need to know – from where to get a bin to what a wormery is – by having a browse through the compost section on our website.
If you don’t have a garden you can still compost or recycle your food peelings, leftovers and cut flowers.
If you’re keen for compost, we have two great upcoming events in the first week of May. On Saturday, 6 May we’ll be joining Ealing Council’s Recycling Team for their Greener Living Event and compost giveaway. The compost giveaway will begin at 9:00 am with the main event running from 10 am – 1 pm. The event aims to show you how reduce your environmental impact and live more sustainably following the basic reduce, re-use and recycle principles.
We’ll then be at Richmond Council’s Compost Giveaway and WEEE Take Back Day on Sunday, 7 May at 11:00 AM. There will be ten tonnes of compost to give away on a first come first served basis. Please note compost will be limited to two free bags per household. We’ll also be collecting unwanted electrical items for recycling.
We hope to see you there!