Today (Friday) is the last day that Torfaen residents can get a free compost bin from Greenmeadow Community Farm in Cwmbran. Staff from Waste Awareness Wales are in the hay barn. You go there to ask for your small or large bin and it will be delivered to your home. Here is some composting information from Waste Awareness Wales:

Garden or ‘green’ organic waste such as grass cuttings, leaves and twigs is biodegradable and will decompose easily, and naturally, in a compost bin.

Instead of sending your grass cuttings and prunings to landfill they can be used to create a convenient and cost free compost that will enrich borders and vegetable patches, plant up patio containers and act as a soil conditioner to improve your lawn.

Georgina Taubman, Waste Reduction Office for Waste Awareness Wales, said: “Many people don’t realise how simple it is to home compost or just how much of their household waste can actually be composted. As well as autumn leaves, grass and hedge clippings, vegetable peelings and egg shells, you can put shredded cardboard, tea bags and even the contents of your vacuum cleaner into your compost bin.

000644-001258 Bordered (small)“Once you’ve invested in a compost bin there are no further costs and you can have rich, homemade compost to use on your garden within as little as nine months. Anyone with outside space can compost as the bin can be set up on bare soil, concrete, tarmac or patio slabs and after filling up the bin all you need to do is wait.

“Home composting helps ensure that organic household waste doesn’t end up in landfill. Not only is this a waste of natural resources but it also takes up increasingly limited landfill space. What’s more, you’ll be left with a product that has everything your plants need to flourish and stay looking beautiful and healthy.

“If you don’t have a garden, remember that you can still recycle any vegetable peelings, fruit cores, teabags and egg shells by using your council food waste collection service.”

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