International Compost Awareness Week, which is celebrated in early May every year, is a great reminder of the reasons why we should be composting. Turning food and garden waste into compost is a great way to cut down on the amount of waste that we send to landfill, but it is also a wonderful way to create nutritious compost that we can use to grow fruits, vegetables and flowers.
Composting is a sustainable and very affordable solution for waste that supports the natural nutrient cycles which keep our soil rich and our fields and gardens growing. It helps nutrients to pass from our waste back into the soil, where they can be taken up again by plants, and it helps all of the bugs and worms that keep our soil healthy. Composting also produces a lot less methane than allowing the same material to break down slowly in the low-oxygen environment of a landfill, and it can save as much carbon as our kettles produce in a year.
If you have a garden, it is very easy to start composting your own garden and food waste. If you don’t have room to compost, you can still ensure that your garden waste is recycled. Some councils will collect green waste along with the rest of your recycling, but you can also arrange a collection or take your garden waste to one of the local disposal sites if you have a lot of it.
Although we don’t often see what happens to our waste after we recycle it like this, Dacorum Borough Council has been celebrating Compost Awareness Week by showing local residents exactly how their garden waste ends up. The council has been giving away free bags of compost at its Cupid Green Depot in Hemel Hempstead. The compost, handed out on a first-come, first-served basis at the depot on May 10th, was produced from garden waste that was collected locally. The nutrient rich compost is ideal for nurturing young plants and encouraging tasty vegetables to sprout, and it provides an intriguing chance to see just what happens to our own recycled garden waste.