Free compost, advice and discounted compost bins are all available as part of International Compost Awareness Week.
From Saturday 5 May to Sunday 13 May, Suffolk Waste Partnership is supporting several initiatives to help residents get composting.
To coincide with late night opening at all Suffolk Household Waste Recycling Centres on Thursdays, site staff will be giving away a free 25 litre bag of compost between 2pm and 7pm on Thursday 10 May.
Customers will need to register for their free bag in advance by downloading and printing a voucher from www.suffolkrecycling.org.uk. Vouchers can be exchanged for 1 bag of compost on presentation to site staff (or by showing the e-voucher on smartphone or other mobile device).
Suffolk Master Composter Volunteers will also be holding several FREE Beginners’ Home Composting Workshops, aimed at helping first timers to get started or to help ‘lapsed’ or struggling home composters get their bins back on track.
In east Suffolk, the Beginners’ Home Composting Workshops take place in Rendlesham in Sunday 6 May (1.30pm – 4.30pm) and on Monday 14th May at Wrentham Village Hall.
On Sunday 13 May, volunteers will also be hosting a ‘Composting Clinic’ to help residents learn how to compost at home and provide free trouble-shooting advice at Foxburrow Farm May Fair, Foxburrow Farm, Melton, IP12 1NA (11am to 4pm).
For those interested in making their own compost, the Suffolk Waste Partnership is also launching the third 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 £9.99 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.
Councillor David Bowman, Chair of the Suffolk Waste Partnership, 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.”
For details of all the discounted items available to Suffolk households through the offer, and to order, please visit http://www.getcomposting.com/ or call 0844 571 4444 quoting reference SUF18L.