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Composting

When and where are the next compost giveaways?

Compost giveaways will take place during May 2015 at the following locations:

6 May     Hornsea Broadway Carpark, HU18 1PZ

7 May     Withernsea Market Carpark, HU19 2QA

8 May     Bridlington Hilderthorpe Road Coach and Carpark, YO15 3HA

12 May     Goole, West Park, DN14 6UU

13 May     Market Weighton, Market Carpark, YO43 3AJ

15 May     Elloughton, Brantingham Park, HU15 1HX

18 May     Driffield showground, YO25 9DN

19 May     Beverley, old Grovehill Depot, Annie Reed Road, HU17 0LF

20 May     Preston, South Holderness School, HU12 8UZ

 

Please note:  All giveaways will take place from 4pm.  Two 15kg bags of compost will be available for each vehicle.

Please do not queue beforehand as this can cause congestion in the local area and you may be turned away for safety reasons.

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What can I compost at home?

Home composting can help households recycle food waste such as peelings, tea bags, uncooked fruit and vegetables.  The document below shows what can be composted at home:

Composting at home (pdf 137kb opens in new window)

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How do I buy a home composter?

The East Riding of Yorkshire council offers subsidised compost bins, wormeries and kitchen digesters which are sold through Straight Recycling Plc. Visit their website below or ring 0845 1306090 to place an order:

East Riding Get Composting (external East Riding website)

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How do I get the best results from using a home composter?

The key to good compost lies in getting the mix right. You need to ensure a good balance of green materials, such as vegetable peelings and grass cuttings, with the browns, which include cardboard and paper. 

For more information on using a composter, including more details on what can be composted at home and subsidised prices, please visit the composting website:

East Riding Get Composting (external East Riding website)

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What are the alternatives to having a large compost bin?

A wormery or kitchen composter are smaller composting alternatives.

A kitchen composter is an air-tight container to which all food waste can be added, along with Bokashi, a bran-based material with naturally occurring microorganisms. The contents can be dug into the ground or put into a traditional home composter after a few days.

A wormery is a self contained waste system that allows organic kitchen waste to be turned into compost using worms.

For further information on wormeries and kitchen composters, including more details on what can be composted at home and subsidised prices please visit the composting website:

East Riding Get Composting (external East Riding website)

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Where can I buy a water butt?

Local garden centres, shops and DIY stores sell water butts, as do 'Yorkshire Water'.  Water butts along with the council’s promotion of compost bins and other home waste systems, can also be bought through Straight Recycling Plc. Visit their website below or ring 0845 1306090 to place an order:

East Riding Get Composting (external East Riding website)

 

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