Compost giveaway marked national week

Release Date: 09 May 2017

Over seven tonnes of compost was given away to residents this weekend, marking the start of International Compost Awareness Week.

Yesterday, 328 residents from across the borough collected up to twenty litres of compost as part of a free giveaway with the Council’s waste and recycling team, Veolia (waste and recycling collection contractor who kindly donated the compost) and the West London Waste Authority.

The giveaway was part of a national week that aims to encourage residents to embrace composting.

Home composting is an easy and effective way of recycling some of the daily waste we produce, while providing significant benefits for gardens, reducing waste sent for disposal and improving our carbon footprint.

Home composting also has the added benefit of producing a free supply of top quality compost that will put some life back into the garden.

For those who missed out, the Recycling Team will be at the May Fair on Richmond Green this weekend, they will have two tonnes of compost up for grabs.

Ishbel Murray, Richmond Council’s Assistant Director for Contracts and Leisure, said:

“More than 30% of the average household waste can be composted and although many households already compost at home, we want others to get involved. This was a great incentive to encourage more residents to get composting.

"For those who didn’t pick up their free compost, why not try and make your own at home? Home composting organic waste can significantly reduce carbon emissions and is also great for the garden.”

Franco Murphy, Senior Contract Manager from Veolia Richmond who kindly donated the compost said: “Each year Veolia and our partners Richmond Borough Council host a compost giveaway to say thank you to Richmond residents for recycling their food and garden waste. Whether you are a keen gardener or not, keeping organic waste out of your rubbish bin is essential to help keep our environment clean. Food and garden waste breaks down in the landfill and produces dangerous gases such as methane and CO2, therefore it’s important to use your food and garden collection service, or even better - compost your organic waste at home”.

For more information about composting, visit Waste and Recycling.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P207/17

Updated: 31 May 2017