Whether you’re a keen gardener or just want to choose the greenest, most natural way to deal with your food and garden waste, composting is the perfect solution. Grass cuttings, dried leaves, twigs and vegetable peelings are just some of the ingredients that can go into a compost bin or heap to make peat-free compost – ideal to use in potting or planting in your garden or allotment.
Why this matters:
Out of a total 536,000 tonnes of household waste currently produced in Surrey each year, it’s estimated that around a third could be composted which would save the county an estimated £8.7 million in reduced landfill and green waste disposal costs each year.
That’s a lot of council tax!
Compost is a natural, nutrient-rich food product for your garden. It helps improve soil structure, maintain moisture levels, and keep your soil’s PH balance while also helping to suppress plant disease. It will have everything your plants need including nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium and will help buffer soils that are very acidic or alkaline. Compost improves your soil’s condition and your plants and flowers will love it!
Home-made compost is natural and peat-free which means it is good for the environment outside your garden too. It reduces the need to buy peat products, which have been commercially sourced and extracted from peat bogs, resulting in the release of the carbon stored in them.
For more information:
Discounted composting bins are available through the Surrey Waste Partnership, and there are simple step-by-step guides available too.
You can also sign up for the the quarterly e-newsletter, ‘Get Composting’, for seasonal tips, news on how communities in Surrey are using their compost, and win great prizes too!!