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Wigan Council Says “Give it a grow” this Compost Awareness Week
Wednesday 27th April, 2011

Wigan Council Says “Give it a grow” this Compost Awareness Week
Composting in action

The eleventh annual international Compost Awareness Week (CAW) will be held from Sunday 1st to Saturday 7th May 2011. Wigan Council is encouraging residents to get involved by promoting the environmental benefits of home composting and the great results that can be achieved by using peat-free composts containing recycled material.

The theme of this years Compost Awareness Week will be based on a “Pass It On” concept which aims to revive community spirit and encourage those already composting or growing their own vegetables to pass on their knowledge and skills to friends, family and neighbours.

During CAW 2011, Wigan Council are staging composting events from 10am till 2pm at:

  • Pennington Park, Leigh, Wednesday 4th May

  • Haigh Hall Country Park, Wigan, Thursday 5th May

Members of the public are invited to create their own ‘newspaper plant pot’, fill up with compost (made from garden waste collected in Wigan Borough) and plant their own sunflower seeds to take home. The biodegradable pots can then be planted straight into the ground.

Dr Gail Robinson, Wigan Council’s Waste and Recycling Manager said, “UK households in England throw away around 4 million tonnes of waste every year that could have been composted. More than 30% of the average household bin can be composted and although one third of householders already compost at home, we want others to get involved. Home composting organic waste materials helps to significantly reduce carbon emissions and can also be used as an effective and sustainable waste management method to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.”

For those interested in home composting, now is the perfect time to get started. Through Wigan Council, householders can purchase home compost bins for as little as £15 for a 220 litre model and £18 for the larger 330 litre version.

For further information about these products, please call: 0844 571 4444. Alternatively, you can also order your home composters and composting accessories online, just visit www.getcomposting.com

For more information on all waste and recycling, contact Wigan Council on (01942) 404364 or visit www.wigan.gov.uk/recycling

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