Northants council’s make it easy to compost

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As gardeners begin clearing for the winter season local authorities in Northants are subsidising compost bins.

Home composting is an environmentally-friendly approach to disposing of green garden waste which not only helps to reduce carbon emissions but is also an effective and sustainable method to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

To encourage households to home compost Northamptonshire Waste Partnership, which includes South Northants Council, ahave teamed up with getcomposting.com to offer reduced price compost bins. Prices are £16 and £19 for a 220 litre and 330 litre bin respectively.

A partnership spokesman said: “The wet summer has encouraged plant growth and created an abundance of garden prunings, spent bedding plants and grass cuttings, which could all be recycled over the coming months to produce a nutrient rich free supply of compost.

“It’s important to have a good mixture of materials if you want to make a good quality compost. As well as green garden waste, you can compost fruit and vegetable peelings, egg shells, tea bags, pet hair, and even shredded paper. Try to aim for a 50/50 mix of ‘greens’ (vegetable peelings, old flowers) and ‘browns’ (garden prunings, coffee grounds, tissues, cardboard, vacuum cleaner dust).

To order your compost bin call 0844 571 4444 or visit www.northants.getcomposting.com