Now that spring has officially sprung and our gardens are once again under the spotlight, the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is urging people to take advantage of the bargain compost bins on offer through the Recycle Now Home Composting Campaign, which is managed by WRAP.
WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme) is a partner in the Trust’s campaign to encourage people to reduce the rubbish they throw away.
The Trust has sold 34,000 bins since it started its WRAP home composting campaign five years ago, and independent surveys have shown that 47% of Wiltshire households are now composting at home – diverting 17,500 tonnes of organic waste from going to landfill.
“Everybody will be heading out to their gardens soon to get them in shape for the summer. We would just like to remind everybody that you can put your kitchen peelings and garden waste to good use and turn them into healthy compost for a blooming garden. Composting is the easiest way to recycle and prevents organic waste from going to landfill,” says John Sutton, the Trust’s senior waste minimisation officer.
“The price of bins at commercial outlets can be off-putting, but our bins are heavily subsidised, making composting an affordable option for everybody. In fact if you buy one you will save money in the long run by not having to buy commercially-made compost for the garden.”
While the prices for this year have gone up a little, they still represent good value. Customers can purchase a standard 330 litre black compost bin for only £23, compared to the regular price of £49. A 220ltr black bin costs £22 compared to £39, and a 320ltr green Komp bin costs £55 compared to £81. Delivery is an additional £5 for all models.
You can order your bin online at www.recylenow.com/compost or call 0845 076 0223 quoting reference HCA9. You can also buy a kitchen caddy for only £4 when you buy a bin.
For those who already have compost bins and are looking to step up their recycling further, the Trust is promoting a range of ‘hot composters’ that will accept all cooked and uncooked food waste along with garden clippings. These are subsidised by Wiltshire Council, another of the Trust’s partners in its waste prevention campaign.
The Green Johanna costs £25 and The Green Cone costs £20 – the price for both includes delivery plus a free kitchen caddy. Both products can be ordered on at www.greencone.com or call 0800 731 2572, email: email@example.com
The Trust is running a long-term campaign to reduce the amount of rubbish we throw away, from encouraging people to prevent littering, to working with school children to encourage recycling and composting in schools, and recruiting 112 compost ambassadors to help new composters across the county.
The Wiltshire scheme is part of a nationwide drive to promote the recycling of kitchen and garden waste and reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill.