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Composting at Home in UK Lockdown

As we mentioned in our last blog waste services in many areas of the UK have changed or paused during the Covid 19 lockdown. In particular, garden waste collections have been stopped altogether in many areas. As a result, householders are looking for new ways to reduce their garden waste and waste in general – so we’ve decided to revisit a topic we’ve looked at before – home composting. 

Whilst composting may be on many people’s to do lists it may not be something they know how to start doing. Here are some simple tips to get you started.

1) Composting doesn’t need a great deal of investment to get going. You can create a heap or makeshift bin with some old pallets. However, if someone does invest in a bin it should be rain, sun and frost proof. Wood or recycled plastic can provide the best insulation and breathing potential but there are various alternatives out there. Positioning is also important so consider this too and look for a bare soil, sunny area – somewhere that is aired easily and enables drainage.

2) Naturally not everything can be composted and for any waste that can’t be recycled or composted then we’d recommend using a professional and licensed waste removal service like TH Removals. Putting items that can’t be composted in with compost will just hamper the whole process. Striking a balance between green waste like grass cuttings and brown waste such as egg boxes, junk mail and even toilet roll tubes is key. It is also important to introduce nitrogen rich items such as uncooked fruit and veg peelings and carbon rich ingredients like paper towels, paper etc. Cooked food, meat, fish and dairy products should not be composted as they can end up attracting rats and other vermin. 

3) The best quality compost will take anything from 9 to 18 months to reach maturity. Turning compost on a regular basis will help make the decomposition faster. This process aerates the soil keeping microbes within the heap working. Even during the final stages when compost can look mature it is best to leave it between 1 and 3 months to further mature to become usable.

For advice on licensed waste removal in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire don’t hesitate to contact us. Stay safe.

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