Spruce up your garden this autumn

With autumn in our midst residents are being encouraged to spruce up their gardens and get composting in time for next spring.

Merton Council has partnered up with Straight, a manufacturer of waste and recycling containers, to offer residents a reduced price on a variety of eco-friendly bins to encourage composting.

Composting is a biological process where organic material decomposes into a nutritious soil-like material. This effective and sustainable method not only cuts the amount of landfill waste, but also reduces carbon emissions.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, Councillor Andrew Judge, said: ‘If you have a garden, and do not already have a compost bin, I would encourage you to take advantage of this offer. Composting is an inexpensive and organic way of reducing your household and garden waste. It’s a great way to recycle what you no longer need and reduce your impact on the environment.’

What you can compost:

– Grass cuttings;
– Leaves (small amounts);
– Old bedding plants and flowers;
– Fruit and vegetable scraps (not cooked);
– Tea bags and coffee grounds;
– Egg shells (crushed);
– Dried grass, straw and hay;
– Shredded tissue paper;
– Cardboard.

What should not be composted:

– Raw meat and fish;
– Dairy products;
– Fats and oils;
– Nappies;
– Dog and cat droppings;
– Soot, coal or coke ash;
– Plastic;
– Glass;
– Metal.

To order your compost bin call 0844 571 4444 or visit http://www.merton.gov.uk/composting