Get composting this autumn

Ealing residents are being reminded about the benefits of composting and discounts available for compost bins this summer.

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Autumn is an excellent time to compost. Grass cuttings, fallen fruit and prunings can all be recycled over the coming months to produce compost which is ideal for spring planting.

And Ealing Council, in partnership with Straight Plc, is offering residents reduced prices on compost bins. Prices start at £17.68 plus delivery. Wormeries, water butts and kitchen caddies are also available. 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. To make good compost, try to aim for a 50/50 mix of green and brown.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “Composting is a very environmentally friendly way of disposing of your garden prunings and cuttings, as well as vegetable peelings. It’s an inexpensive and natural process and does wonders for gardens.

“Currently, as much as one third of all black bag tonnage is food waste and last year we wasted £8million on landfill charges. I am asking residents to do their bit to help bring this cost down by recycling, composting and using our weekly food waste collection. Together, this will help to reduce the non-recyclable waste we pay to dispose of each year, saving money and helping the environment.”

Ealing Council’s food waste collection service will stay weekly when the refuse and recycling service switches to alternate weekly collections next spring.

Ealing Council also offers a fortnightly chargeable garden waste collection. The scheme runs from 1 April to 31 March and has an annual charge of £60 (with a 25% discount for residents who are over 65). Subscriptions from 1 October to 31 March are charged a discounted rate of £45.

For more information on the garden waste scheme, our food waste collection service and composting visit www.ealing.gov.uk/recycling.