Council wants festive scraps

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ENVIRONMENT: South Northants Council is asking residents to remember their compost bin during the Christmas period.

Dermot Bambridge member for environmental services said: “Why not put a compost bin to use by composting the vegetables peelings and remnants from your Christmas celebrations? By next year they will have rotted down to produce a nutritious free supply of compost for your garden or allotment.

“Feeding your compost bin with peelings and garden clippings means the amount of waste sent to landfill is reduced. That’s not only good for the environment but also reduces costs.”

Compost bins make a great Christmas present for green-fingered friends and family - the only downside is that you will need a lot of wrapping paper, but this can be recycled afterwards.”

Cllr Bambridge also advised that ripped up egg boxes and toilet rolls tubes can give compost a good texture if added gradually and it is mixed with fruit and vegetable peelings. Card can also be recycled in the black box.

Natural home-made decorations like holly and ivy centre pieces, mistletoe and other decorations can also be added to the recycling

To take advantage of special offers on compost bins and a range of other green and energy saving products go to or call 0844 571 4444. South Northamptonshire compost bins start from as little as £16 (plus £5.49 delivery) and currently there is a buy one get one half price offer.