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. Did you know that composting at home for just one year can save global warming gases equivalent to all the CO2 your kettle produces annually, or your washing machine produces in three months?
Home composting helps to keep garden and household waste out of landfill sites, and also produces rich and nutritious compost, which can be used to bring fertility and life to your garden. Compost Awareness Week, from 6-12th May is now in its 12th year, aims to help everyone learn something new about composting, whether you’ve been doing it for years or are just starting out. Throughout the week a variety of organisations will be encouraging people to give new composting activities a go.
Did you know just how much of your waste can be composted? Check out this list to make sure you’re making the most of your compost bin:
Vegetable peelings, salad leaves and fruit scraps
Old flowers and nettles
Coffee grounds and filter paper
Spent bedding plants
Young annual weeds (e.g. chickweed)
Scrunched up paper
Twigs, branches and bark
However people choose to get involved, there are plenty of things which will not only help the environment, but also help our gardens grow greener.
Garden Organic is running TWO fun competitions to inspire you. Firstly a poster competition – get imaginative and creative producing an A4 sized poster which advertises compost awareness week and the painted bin competition. Secondly, a painted bin competition – hold your own competition amongst friends, family, community groups, allotment associations or schools. Send Garden Organic a picture of your bin and/or your poster and you could win a prize!
If you are inspired and want to get started with composting straight away – check out these brilliant recycling projects from Treehugger – making a compost bin out of old bits and pieces that you might have lying around. Happy composting!