Domestic compost heaps do not
need a licence. EU regulations require that commercial scale composting
operations must be controlled and regulated, but these rules were
never intended for householders.
Anything that has lived and died can
be composted, including kitchen waste such as vegetable peelings,
cooked food, garden waste such as lawn clippings, animal waste
such as horse manure, even dust from vacuum and packaging waste
such as cardboard.
Composting is considered the best way to deal with organic
If everyone composted their own kitchen
vegetable and garden waste, we could halve the 29 million tonnes
of household waste presently going to rapidly filling landfill
sites each year.
Friends of the Earth Web site
A quarter of all household waste
could be composted instead of going straight to landfill, according
to the Council. To encourage residents to consider composting
as a way of recycling their waste, the Council is offering until
the end of August a subsidy to every household when they purchase
a compost bin. A free three-month trial is also available.
The new recycling initiative offers
residents a choice of two composters, a small composter for £8
or a large size for £12. Each composter comes with a free
kitchen caddy to collect food scraps and they will be delivered
free of charge.
The bins allow waste, such as peelings,
food scraps and garden waste to be recycled into compost.
Deputy for environment, Cllr Michael Cartwright, said: "It
is all part of our commitment to meeting the government's tough
new recycling targets of doubling our recycling rate to 16% by
To order a composter call Straight
Recycling on 0845 130 6090.
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