Make the most of those falling leaves – Get Composting this autumn

Calderdale residents could save money and help protect the environment with the launch of a new composting scheme. 

Composting is a great way for households to reduce the amount of waste they send to landfill sites, and the resulting carbon emissions. Calderdale Council is teaming up with Get Composting to offer residents the chance to save money on compost bins, with prices starting from £16.98 plus delivery – less than half the recommended retail price of £39. A Buy One Get One Half Price offer is also available on selected items.

 The hot summer has encouraged plant growth, which has created an abundance of garden waste. The traditional picture of the autumn clear up is of leaves blowing about and smoky bonfires, polluting the atmosphere. A much more environmentally-friendly way to dispose of this waste is to compost it at home.  Simply throw it into a compost bin and over the winter months it will rot down to produce a nutrient-rich, free supply of compost.

 Fallen leaves, dead plants, and flowers are all great materials to feed the compost bin. A good tip is to use a lawnmower to collect up leaves; this shreds them and helps to speed up the composting process.

 The secret of great compost is a good mix of materials (you don’t want too much of any one material). If you have too many leaves for your compost bin, put the excess into a bin bag, make a few holes in it, and leave it in a secluded spot to rot down.  It takes a little longer but the end result is leaf mould, a product that could be used in place of peat as potting compost for container plants.

 Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Environment, Cllr Barry Collins, said: 

“Home composting provides an effective and sustainable way of reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill, and is also good for the environment. 

 “By teaming up with Get Composting, we’re able to offer a wide range of different compost bins at a discounted rate, providing residents with a great value opportunity to start composting.”

 To find out more, or to take advantage of these great offers, call 0844 571 4444 or visit link).  Simply enter your postcode to find the best deal for you.

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