Monday, April 28, 2008

Compost Workshop: 6 May

(From the Council's Media Team)

Do you want to know more about how to make your own compost for your garden or allotment?

As part of Compost Awareness Week, which runs from 5 to 10 May, Lewisham Council is holding a compost workshop for residents.

When: Monday 6 May, Time: 5.00pm to 7.00pm, Location: Civic Suite, Catford.

Compost Awareness Week aims to encourage more people to recognise the benefits of home composting and the great results that can be achieved by using peat-free compost containing recycled material.

Did you know that as a nation we produce around 300 million tonnes of rubbish a year and over half of this waste can be easily recycled. Over one third of the contents of an average UK household bin can be home composted, not to mention all the garden waste that can be added to a compost bin.

As well as learning how to successfully get your own compost started, we also have a limited number of free compost bins available. If you would like to attend this or other compost workshops held during Compost Awareness Week, or get a free compost bin contact Beth Sowden on 020 8314 2053.

For further info about home composting see here or here.

2 comments:

Richard Elliot said...

I think composting is excellent. Easier than recycling in many was as you don't have to wash and sort etc.. you just throw it into your composte bin. Before I moved to London I composted as much as ! could.

My problem is that I now live in a flat without a garden. Are there solutions for people like me?

Sue Luxton said...

Hi Richard
There's not currently a kitchen waste collection service in Lewisham, just a green bag service for garden waste (you can buy 10 bags for £10 from libraries then phone up when you want them collected). There was a brown bin pilot for garden waste last year (one of our green budget amendments) which was very successful, but further roll-out of that is on hold pending the Mayor's decision on the new waste strategy, which should be coming to my committee in a couple of months and which we will no doubt be scrutinising very carefully. Greenwich are building an anaerobic digestive system thingy at the same place we currently send our recycling to (the MRF), so it's a possibility that we might in the future send food and garden waste there too, although more local solutions would in an ideal world be better. In the meantime, I have a compost bin in my front garden that the neighbours upstairs use - maybe you could persuade your neighbours to do likewise, if you have a front garden?