Merton Council calls on residents to go compost crazy

Merton Council is going all green fingered and calling on residents to get composting for spring. The council will be hosting a composting workshop on 2 March at the civic centre in Morden.

Visitors to the civic centre will be able to drop in to the workshop between 11.00am and 2.00pm. Along with a composting adviser from the national Waste & Resources Action Programme, staff from Merton’s waste team will be on hand to answer questions and show how composting is done.

The council has distributed around 10,000 compost bins over the last five years and estimates that Merton residents could compost 12,000 tonnes of waste per year in total. The council collected over 3,000 tonnes of garden waste between April 08 and Jan 09 which is recycled and used as compost on Merton’s parks and open spaces.

Merton Council cabinet member for the environment Councillor David Simpson said: ‘ This is an excellent initiative to get people thinking about composting and its benefits. We find that many people buy compost bins with the best of intentions, but when they come across problems with how to compost properly, they give up and the waste that could be put to good use and recycled as compost is just sent to landfill. We always want to put the needs of our residents first and we also want to empower them to compost effectively by arming them with the best advice. If we all composted we could dramatically reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill and at the same time hugely benefit our gardens and window boxes. Making it yourself is enjoyable and also means saving money.’

Information on composting bins can be found at: http://www.merton.gov.uk/compost-events

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Notes to editors
WRAP is a national initiative which helps individuals, businesses and local authorities to reduce waste and recycle more, making better use of resources and helping to tackle climate change. http://www.wrap.org.uk