Posts Tagged ‘Composting’

Get creative for compost awareness

3 May 2013

Painted compost bin CAW (2)Spice up your garden by decorating your compost bin for Compost Awareness week this year which starts on 6th May.

Garden Organic, in association with Master Composters have organised ‘Decorate your compost bin’ competition, all you have to do is get creative with your bin, take a snapshot of your artwork and e-mail or post it to Garden Organic by Wednesday 8th May.

It’s a great opportunity for all the family to get involved with composting with categories for under 11’s, 11-18 years and adults. You can even enter as a group or class; simply complete the application as normal and give average age of the group.

If you haven’t got a compost bin yet don’t worry, Dorset Waste Partnership have teamed up with so you can make the most of your kitchen scraps and garden waste without breaking the bank.

For inspiration and more details on how to enter visit Garden Organic.

Love your garden

5 April 2013

Planting flowers in compost (large version)

We’ve teamed up with for another year so you can make the most of your uncooked kitchen and garden waste.

By simply placing your scraps in the bin to make some nutrient-rich compost, which will keep your plants blooming year after year.

The bins are available in two sizes, 220 and 330 litres, with prices starting at just £16.98, and a buy one get one half price if you order two of the same size. Delivery costs £5.49.

So what can you compost?

  • Uncooked vegetable peelings and fruit
  • Rabbit and guinea pig bedding
  • Torn, shredded or scrunched up paper and cardboard
  • Coffee grounds and tea bags
  • Egg shells

What can’t go in the compost bin?

  • Cooked food
  • Fish, meat scraps or bones
  • Magazines
  • Cat or dog litter

There are also special offers on water butts and composting accessories available at

Step into spring with our special compost bin offers

12 April 2011

2011 compost bin offers (large version)Transform your uncooked kitchen and garden waste into nutrient-rich compost by going compost crazy this spring. We’ve teamed up with to offer you home composting bins at bargain prices– so what are you waiting for get composting today!

The most popular – 220 and 330 litre – compost bins are priced at £15 and £18 respectively, plus a £5.49 delivery charge. And, there’s also a multi-buy offer – buy one and get one half price.


So what can you compost?

  • Uncooked vegetable peelings and fruit
  • Rabbit and guinea pig bedding
  • Torn, shredded or scrunched up paper and cardboard
  • Coffee grounds and tea bags
  • Egg shells

What can’t go in the compost bin?

  • Cooked food
  • Fish, meat scraps or bones
  • Magazines
  • Cat or dog litter

Read more here.

And what’s more, we also have water butt offers available, click here (opens in new window) to find out more.

Thumbs up for composting

24 November 2010

West End Pre-School, SherborneOur education officer recently visited nursery schools in Dorchester and Sherborne to talk to children about home composting and how it helps the environment in a fun and interactive way.

Children enjoyed taking part in the thumbs up game, where they were shown a mix of items including ‘greens’ (tea bags, grass cuttings and fruit peelings) and ‘browns’ (egg/cereal boxes, straw and hay) and asked whether these can be composted. They gave items their thumbs up if they could.

Have a ghoulish and green Halloween

25 October 2010

Halloween recycling (large version)

Joining in with the spirit of Halloween, our recycling officers will be attending the Bedlam & Broomsticks event at Nothe Fort, Weymouth tomorrow (Tuesday 26 October) from 10.30am.

A great day of spooky fun for all the family, we’ve organised plenty of themed reuse and recycling related activities for children, so stop by our stand and have a go. Activities include Halloween grass heads and badge making, plus lots more.

Our recycling officers will be available to chat to you about any recycling issues or waste reduction campaigns. The stand will also be packed with lots of useful information from stopping food waste to home composting, so we hope to see you there!

Don’t be frightened to recycle this Halloween. Here are three top ‘tricks’ to scare your family and friends but ‘treat’ the environment:

  • Going to a Halloween party? Why not get creative and make your own costume out of recycled materials or visit the local charity shop and see what they’ve got on offer that you can utilise
  • Making a lantern? Don’t for get pumpkin leftovers can be used to make shockingly good recipes such as roast pumpkin lasagne or pumpkin tart, visit the Love Food Hate Waste website (opens in a new window) for more
  • Save your fancy dress costume and reuse it next year or recycle as much of it and any Halloween decorations as possible. Remember pumpkin leftovers can be composted

Let us know if you have any scary tips to help recycle this Halloween!

Don’t ‘fall’ behind with your autumn composting

19 October 2010

Autumn composting (large version)Many of us are missing a trick if we don’t continue to use our compost bin through the colder months.

Home composting is easy to do all year round and autumn is a great time for it as there is lots of nutrient-rich waste available – old bedding plants, grass cuttings, leaves and prunings can all be composted.

Try these composting tips:

  • Help next years’ plants grow by making use of this year’s tired vegetation – adding old bedding plants to your compost mix will help to capture all the nutrients and will give new plants a great start next spring
  • Bring the inside, outside! A third of household waste can be composted at home. Anything from loo roll tubes and egg boxes to coffee grounds and tea leaves can all go in
  • Make your compost mixture more a-peel-ing. Don’t forget to regularly add suitable kitchen waste to your compost

The key to good compost is getting the mix right. You need to keep your ‘browns’ (garden prunings, coffee grounds, tissues and paper napkins, cardboard) and ‘greens’ (vegetable peelings, grass cuttings, old flowers and bedding plants) balanced – aim for a 50/50 mix. Air is essential to the composting process. By mixing the material up, as you fill your bin, this creates air pockets and helps to keep it healthy.

Are you thinking about starting to home compost? Find bargain compost bin prices here (opens in a new window).

New green solutions leaflet

23 August 2010

Pick up the new food and garden waste solutions leaflet today (large version)A new leaflet featuring all you need to know about food and garden waste solutions is now available. It focuses on how you can reduce food waste, help the environment and save money.

It’s packed with information about:

Wormeries – process of using worms to break down kitchen and garden waste, to create faster than normal composting.

Food digesters – These take all household food waste. No compost is produced, instead food waste is converted into water, carbon dioxide and a small amount of residue that needs to be removed from the basket every few years.

Compost bins – Come in all shapes and sizes. The key to good compost is getting the mix of “browns” (items such as egg/cereal boxes, straw and hay) and “greens” (tea bags, grass cuttings and fruit peelings) properly balanced.

Hot composters – Are different from normal compost bins because they can take all cooked and uncooked food waste. They also produces compost unlike food digesters.

The leaflet also has a useful flow chart to help you choose the best solution for you as well as information on typical costs and where to purchase them.

Check out the new leaflet today and try one of the many food and garden waste options available.

Thirsty, why not turn to the tap?

22 July 2010

Refill empty plastic bottles with tap water this summer (large version)This weekend our recycling officers will be at the Wild about Wimborne event on Saturday 24 July. If you’re in the area why not stop by our stand and take the tap water challenge to see if you can taste the difference between tap and bottled water.

We’re aiming to encourage more local people to start drinking tap water as it tastes just as good as bottled, and saves money, waste and energy.

The team will also have information available on home composting. It’s surprising how much of your household waste can actually be composted – fruit and vegetable peelings, egg shells, pet hair, toilet roll innards and dead flowers can all go in.

So if you’re thinking about home composting, come along and pick up some great tips to get you started. You can also find out more about our compost bin offers.

Find out which events our recycling team will be at this summer.

New food waste video

15 July 2010

Food waste (large version)A new video showing just how easy it is to recycle food waste in West Dorset is now available.

It’s a handy guide to the new food waste recycling collection scheme, which was launched in Sherborne and surrounding villages in April.

Thanks to local residents the scheme is proving a big success, with more than 115 tonnes of food waste being collected to be transformed into turf.

The collection of other recyclable materials has also risen from an average of 148 tonnes a month to 158 tonnes and the recycling rate for this area has also increased from 29 per cent to 39 per cent since the scheme started.

The video shows the food waste being taken to Eco-Composting in Dorset and how it’s made into compost which is used to grow turf.

Check out the video here.

A summer menu for you, and for your garden

29 June 2010

Go compost crazy this summer (large version)Whether you’re having a barbecue, or summer Sunday lunch with the family, make sure you put all your compostable kitchen waste into your compost bin, along with your grass cuttings and prunings.

Here are a few tips:

Healthy spread: summer salads provide plenty of vegetable and fruit waste: excellent ingredients for composting

Shortcut to success: cutting waste into small pieces will help to speed up the compost process

Off the compost menu: Composting meat, bones or food scraps is not recommended

If you aren’t already composting at home, summer is the time to get off to a flying start! With warmer weather providing optimum composting conditions, this is the season to speed up your compost-making.

We’ve also secured new special offers on compost bins, so it is even easier to start. Now is the time to check these out.

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