As the autumn leaves begin to fall, Ealing residents are being reminded about the benefits of composting and discounts available for compost bins.
Autumn is an excellent time to compost. Spent bedding plants, grass cuttings, autumn leaves and prunings can all be recycled over the coming months to produce a compost which is ideal for spring planting.
Home composting is a good way of disposing of organic waste, including food waste – leaving residents with fertilizer to use on the garden. Ealing Council, in partnership with Straight Plc, is offering residents reduced prices on compost bins. Prices start at £16 plus delivery. Telephone 0845 130 60 90 for further details or visit www.ealing.getcomposting.com
It is important to have a good mixture of materials to make a good quality compost. As well as green garden waste, fruit and vegetable peelings, egg shells, tea bags, pet hair, and even shredded paper can be composted.
Try to aim for a 50/50 mix of ‘greens’ such as vegetable peelings, old flowers, grass cuttings, spent bedding plants and ‘browns’ such as garden prunings, coffee grounds, tissues and paper napkins, cardboard, vacuum cleaner dust.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “Good compost is the crucial ingredient for any garden and composting is a very environmentally friendly way of re-using readily available materials around the home.”
Ealing Council also offers a fortnightly chargeable garden waste collection. The scheme runs from 1 April to 31 March. Residents who would like to sign up for the remainder of this year will be charged a discounted rate of £30 (with a 25% discount for residents who are over 65).
For more information on the garden waste scheme visit Ealing’s garden waste pages or call 020 8825 6000.