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Free compost giveaway to green fingered residents

Posted by Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils on 3 May 2017 | Comments

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As part of International Compost Awareness Week (Sunday 7 May to Sunday 14 May), Suffolk Waste Partnership is supporting several initiatives aiming to help residents get composting.

Not only will there be free compost and advice from Master Composter Volunteers, there will also be the launch of this year’s low cost compost bin promotion.

Officers will be giving away 25 litre bags of compost and helpful information to residents at the following Household Waste Recycling Centres:

Monday 8 May, 10am to 3pm

Bury HWRC, Rougham Hill, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 2RW

  • Hadleigh HWRC, Crockett Road, Hadleigh, Suffolk, IP7 6RD
  • Foxhall HWRC, Foxhall Road, Brightwell, Ipswich, IP10 0HT 

 Tuesday 9 May, 10am to 3pm

  • Lowestoft HWRC, Hadenham Road, South Lowestoft Industrial Estate, NR33 7NF
  • Portman’s Walk HWRC, Ipswich, IP1 2DW

 Friday 12 May, 10am to 3pm

  • Sudbury HWRC, Sandy Lane (C748), Sudbury, CO10 7HG,
  • Mildenhall HWRC, (Off A1065) Mildenhall, IP28 7JQ

Loose soil improver will also be given away for free at two further events. Those attending will need to bring a spade and bag to collect it:

Sunday 7 May, 9am to 3pm (or until stocks last)

  • Needham Market Lake, Mill Meadow side Needham Market,

Sunday 14 May, 10am to 4pm (or until stocks last)

  • Tesco (car park) Woodhall Business Park, Springlands Way, Sudbury CO10 1GY 

Suffolk Master Composter Volunteers will also hold a number of ‘Composting Clinics’ to help residents learn how to compost at home and provide free trouble-shooting advice on the following dates:

Monday 8 May, Wednesday 9 May & Friday 12 May, all 11.30am to 2pm:

  • Endeavour House Atrium, Suffolk County Council, Ipswich, IP1 2BX

Sunday 14 May, 9am to 5pm:

  • South Suffolk Show, Ampton Racecourse, Ingham, Bury St Edmunds (on A134),

For those interested in making their own compost, Suffolk Waste Partnership is also launching the second year of its successful compost bin promotion, which helps residents buy compost bins and other food digesters at discounted prices. Prices start from only £8.99 for compost bins and £14.99 for food digester systems

On average, more than a third of the contents of Suffolk’s rubbish bins could easily be composted at home. An average household in Suffolk could compost 150kg of organic material a year, turning this waste into free soil improver.

Rob Cole, Suffolk Waste Partnership Manager said:

"Compost Awareness Week is a great time to learn about the many benefits of composting at home.

“It’s the cheapest and most environmentally friendly way to deal with organic waste as it requires no transport or processing. Our events and discounted offers are also a great opportunity to get involved, learn more and discover a range of composting systems that hopefully suit most resident’s needs and budget.”