Free Compost

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Merseyside’s waste officers have teamed up to give away 140 tonnes of free compost next weekend (15/16 March).

Merseyside householders will be able to pick up the free compost which they can use on their gardens to help improve the nutrient level and structure of soil, or to add to their home composters.

The giveaway events – arranged by the five Merseyside District Councils and Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority – have been organised to help reduce the amount of reusable waste that is currently going to landfill.

Councillor Kevin Cluskey, Chairperson of Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA), said: “These compost giveaways are always a big success so we’d advise people to get along in good time.”


– Millbrook Park Hall Lane (Kirkby – adjacent to the Town centre)
– Halewood Park car park, Okell Drive (Halewood)
– Stadt Mores Park car park, Pottery Lane (Whiston)
– Court Hey Park car park, Roby Road (Huyton)
Date: Saturday 15th March 2008
Time: 10.00am – 2.00pm

Shovels and some bags will be provided at each site to assist with the collection of compost; however, the public are encouraged to bring their own tools and bags/containers. Initially residents will be limited to a maximum of two bags per person.


Venue: Croxteth Park entrance (off Oak Lane/Muirhead Avenue)
Date: Saturday 15th March
Time: 10.00am – 2.00pm

Venue: Clarke Gardens car park, Springwood Avenue
Date: Sunday 16th March
Time: 10.00am – 2.00pm

Residents are asked to bring along their own bags and shovels to collect the compost.


Venue: WRS Composting (North End Farm off the A565 in Formby)
Date: Saturday 15th March
Time: 10.00am – 2.00pm

Residents are invited to bring a spade and bag, and they can ‘bag a free bag’ of compost. There is a limit of one bag per vehicle and compost is supplied on a first-come-first-served basis. Extra compost can also be bought at a subsidised rate on the day if required.

St Helens

Venue: Clock Face Colliery Open Space, Gorsey Lane, Bold
Date: Sunday 16th March
Time: 11.00am – 4.00pm

Residents are invited to come along and receive free compost. They will need to bring their own bags (there is a maximum two per resident). Residents will also have the opportunity to take away an additional/replacement recycling box, blue bag, textile bag and general recycling literature.


Venue: Warrens Nursery Site, Thingwall Road East, Thingwall
Date: Saturday 15th March
Time: 10.00am – 2.00pm

Residents are asked to bring along their own bags and shovels to collect the compost.

Carl Beer, Director of MWDA, said: “Merseyside is involved in a range of regular compost initiatives. Last year we joined the national Recycle Now Compost at Home scheme to offer cut-price compost bins to local residents and last autumn almost 2,000 people turned up to similar compost giveaway events across Merseyside.”

Home compost bins can be purchased from as little as £8. For more details, check out the website or phone 0845 077 0757.