Time to go green this composting week

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High Peak residents are being asked think of the environment when it comes to disposing of household and garden waste as part of National Compost Awareness Week.

During the week, which started on Monday and runs until Sunday, Derbyshire County Council is appealing to those who don’t already compost to give it a go.

Hayfield couple Christine and Bob Wass have been composting for 17 years.

Christine said: “Composting is not very difficult at all – you really don’t need to fuss over it.

“We put garden and kitchen waste in the compost bin – it’s just second nature to us.

“We have a caddy in the kitchen for collecting vegetable and fruit peelings among other things.”

The couple, who are members of Bakewell and District Organic Gardeners, also put grass cuttings, leaves and prunings from the garden in the compost bin, as well as some paper and cardboard.

Christine added: “The compost really helps keep your soil in good condition and we never have enough even though we have two compost bins.”

Thanks to the compost, they are able to grow all sorts of tasty fresh produce including potatoes, lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes and apples.

Up to 30 per cent of household waste is organic and can be turned into compost.

The county council faces increases in landfill tax costs for the disposal of waste to landfill, which is bad for the environment and contributes to the creation of greenhouse’s gases such as methane.

To help you on your way to becoming an eco–friendly gardener, the authority is giving away 20 compost bins to lucky Buxton Advertiser readers.

For your chance to win a compost bin, send your name, address and telephone number to Compost Competition, Buxton Advertiser, 10 Scarsdale Place, SK17 6EG, by Friday, May 17.

Usual competition rules apply and can be seen on request. Only one compost bin per household. Editors decision is final.

For more information and tips on composting visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/composting