International Compost Awareness Week

Saving money and saving the planet was part of Merton Council’s agenda this week as International Composting Awareness Week was promoted to residents across the borough.

During composting week, which ran from 1 – 7 May 2005, Merton Council joined other authorities from Europe, Canada and the United States to promote the benefits of composting. Activities in the week included:
– Composting workshops in Merton Link (4 – 6 May);
– Subsidised compost bin sales (from only £5);
– Free compost bins for schools; and
– Composting Education in Schools

Over 200 people visited the composting workshops in Merton link; whilst over 1,000 composting bins have been bought buy Merton residents since March. Compost bins are still available to buy from £5 by calling 0845 077 0760, or by printing off an order form from

Stephanie Catz, Merton Council’s Waste minimisation officer, said, ‘Composting is a superb way of creating free soil improver for the garden and it also tackles the growing problem of landfill. If we can encourage our residents to compost their waste instead of throwing it in the bin, we will all reap the benefits.’

For more information about composting call Merton Council on 020 8274 4902 or look online at


Notes to Editor
– Merton is offering all Merton schools a free compost bin for the school grounds and a composting assembly. Interested schools should contact 020 8274 4902
– Five primary schools in the borough are currently taking part in Merton’s Waste Education Programme. As part of this ongoing programme Merton’s waste minimisation officer visits each of the schools and teaches children how to compost, what happens inside a compost bins and the time it takes for different organic matter to turn into compost. The primary schools involved are Morden, William Morris, Bond, Links and Benedict.