THIS week is the 11th annual international Compost Awareness Week and gardeners in West Sussex are being urged to ‘Give it a Grow’.
The call comes from West Sussex County Council, which is offering compost bins for as little as £2, and Better Tomorrows, the independent community interest company that aims to put the lid on the amount of rubbish that goes in the bin.
During 2011, the county council is staging a series of composting events throughout West Sussex at farmers’ markets and food and gardening shows.
Their theme will be based on a ‘Pass It On’ concept, which aims to revive community spirit and encourage those already composting or growing their own vegetables to pass on their knowledge and skills to friends, family and neighbours.
Deborah Urquhart, county council Cabinet Member for Environment and Economy, said: “UK households in England throw away around four million tonnes of waste every year that could have been composted.
“More than 30 per cent of the average household bin can be composted. One third of householders already compost at home, but we want others to get involved.
“Home composting organic waste materials helps to significantly reduce carbon emissions and can also be used as an effective and sustainable waste management method to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.
“That’s why we’re saying to gardeners – ‘Give it a Grow’.”
For those interested in home composting, now is the perfect time to get started. Householders can purchase home compost bins for as little as £2 for a 220 litre model and £18 for the larger 330 litre version plus delivery (until stocks last).
For further information about these products, please call:0844 571 4444. You can also order your home composters and composting accessories online, just visit www.getcomposting.com