Leeds City Council

Published : 17/10/2012 00:00

Get a bit of the good life with cut price compost bins

Gardeners can take advantage of high-street busting prices for compost bins as they tidy up their flower beds for autumn and harvest food from their veggie patches.

While the council waits to find out if its funding bid for weekly food waste collections is successful and as plans are developed for the remaining suitable homes across the city to get brown garden waste bins, residents can reuse their own fruit and veggie peelings and hedge clippings to cut down on what goes to landfill.

The compost bins are on offer at a discounted price. The smaller, 220 litre compost bin costs £16 while the larger, 330 litre version costs £19.

Over 207,000 Leeds homes are now on a brown bin collection route for garden waste and 8,400 homes in Rothwell have their food waste collected every week. The weeds, twigs, grass cuttings and food waste from both collection services are turned into a compost-like soil conditioner.

But with your own home composter you can immediately cut down on the amount of food waste that goes in your black bin – around a quarter of rubbish thrown away in black bins is food waste – and use food and garden waste to make your flower beds bloom.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:

“We want to make sure Leeds recycles as much it can so we can benefit from a cleaner, green city. Our overall strategy to deal with waste covers a range of practical approaches and discounted compost bins are another small but important piece of the solution.

“Composting at home gives people another option; kitchen and garden waste can be transformed into a useful resource to make gardens blossom. It’s the best way to reuse organic waste in an entirely natural way.”

Composting is a more environmentally friendly way of dealing with food and garden waste. If food and garden waste ends up in landfill it breaks down to release methane into the atmosphere, a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.

Garden enthusiasts can take advantage of the discounted compost bins to turn food waste (including egg shells, tea bags, fruit and veggie peelings) and garden waste (including fallen leaves, weeds, cuttings and old cut flowers) into a free, compost-like soil conditioner to keep their gardens looking beautiful.

Bins can be ordered by visiting www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Composting.aspx or by calling 0844 571 4444.

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Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577
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