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This year's combination of a warm summer and occasional near tropical rainstorms has encouraged our gardens to produce an abundance of green shoots and leaves - and with autumn almost upon us, that will make for lots of garden waste too.
That's why Newark and Sherwood has teamed up with Get Composting to offer composts bins at subsidised prices, helping local gardeners to adopt an eco-friendly method of disposing of waste while benefitting their own gardens.
Environment Projects Officer Matthew Adey said: "The council also collects garden waste in some areas but that is a chargeable service and we haven't yet been able to roll that out across the whole district, so home composting provides a good alternative.
"A large proportion of all household rubbish and garden waste is organic matter which can be recycled at home in a compost bin.
"Instead of seeing it as waste, householders should think of it as a great resource which, with very little work, can be recycled to produce a free supply of top-quality compost.
"There are lots of benefits for the gardener - the compost improves soil structure, retains moisture, helps the PH balance, reduces the need for polluting bonfires and suppresses plant diseases, while at the same time reducing carbon emissions and refuse collection costs."
The scheme means that gardeners in the district can but a 220 litre bin for £19.98, considerably less that the typical retail price, and can then buy a second bin of the same size for half-price, plus £5.99 delivery.
To order visit the Get Composting website.
Newark and Sherwood District Council is part of the National Home Composting Framework. Composters are available at a reduced price. They can be ordered online (link on the right) or by calling the order line on 0844 571 4444.
While there are no health implications for leaving food waste in your bin, composting may be the ideal way to deal with the problem of keeping waste food in the bin between collections.
Putting kitchen waste such as fruit and vegetable peelings, eggs shells and tea bags in your composter as well as grass cuttings and leaves from your garden is as easy as putting something in your normal bin. It’s also environmentally friendly and best of all, once you have paid for the composter, it's completely free.
Once the food has broken down to compost, dig the nutrient rich material into your soil. The breaking down usually takes a year but can be speeded up if you do things like making sure that you have the right balance between green and brown matter in the bin, by making sure that the contents of the bin are not too wet or too dry and by stirring the contents of the composter to keep it aerated. Locating your home composter in a sunny position also speeds up the process.
Our partners at Mansfield District Council and Rushcliffe Borough Council provide garden waste collections within the district. We are also seeking interest from residents in Newark and Balderton for a new service.
Why not complement your compost bin with a water butt? Fitting a water butt to your roof drainage is a good way of collecting water for use in your garden, or even to top up the fish pond, saving you money, especially if you are on a water meter.
The National Home Composting Framework also has water butts available at a reduced price. They can be ordered online or by calling the order line on 0844 571 4444.
Newark and Sherwood District Council