‘Give it a Grow’ is the message being put out to mark the tenth annual Compost Awareness Week, which runs from 2 – 8 May.
This year, the Recycle Now campaign and Merseyside Waste Partnership are encouraging us all to try our hand at new composting activities in order to do our bit for the environment.
Although around 30 percent of us already compost at home, there are lots more things we can all try. For example, around 60 percent of people say they have never tried composting general household waste, such as scrunched up paper or the contents from a vacuum cleaner, and around 50 percent of people have never tried using peat-free compost.
Carl Beer, Director at Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority, said: “This Compost Awareness Week we are encouraging everyone to give composting a go. Even those of us who are already composting at home could compost more things more often, or try new things, such as greener, peat free composts. However you choose to get involved, there are plenty of new things you can try, which will not only help the environment but also help your garden grow greener.”
Here are just some of the things we could all try this Compost Awareness Week:
New to composting? Why not give composting a go. Anyone with outside space can compost at home. To buy a compost bin, try your local garden centre or DIY store.
Already a compost champion? Think about additional things you could compost, such as eggs shells, tea bags or even coffee grounds and filter paper. Check the list of compostable items at www.recyclenow.com/compost.
Don’t know what to do with your compost? Try using your homemade compost to enrich your borders or to give your potted plants and containers an extra boost
Ever tried peat-free compost? It’s made from recycled materials – and that’s good news for the environment because it helps to cut down the amount of organic waste that is sent to landfill
Fancy being a wormery wonder? Wormeries are ideal for people who don’t produce garden waste or have limited outside space. Small amounts of garden waste can go into a wormery, together with some cooked food scraps.
There is often a belief that waste such as vegetable peelings or garden waste is harmless, but in a landfill tip they cause powerful greenhouse gases to be released into the atmosphere. Home composting is a simple alternative that anyone can manage if they have a garden or allotment – or even a patio or outside space.
What’s more, many of us are unaware of the environmental benefits of using peat free compost. 51 percent of us have never used it, and 24 percent say they are not aware of it, despite the fact that it can also make a significant environmental saving.  It can take anywhere between 500 to 1,000 years to replace every one metre layer of peat extracted in the UK, putting at risk wildlife such as birds, dragonflies and butterflies that depend on its natural habitat for survival .
All of Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres also offer containers for residents to deposit their green and garden waste. This waste (such as grass cuttings, bushes and tree branches) is then taken to local processors where it is composted in open windrows. The resulting compost is finally sold on.
For more information about Compost Awareness Week and to check what events are happening in your area, visit www.recyclenow.com/compost.