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Compost Awareness Week (1st May 2012)

The twelfth annual international Compost Awareness Week (CAW) will be held from Sunday 6th to Saturday 12th May 2012 and the Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership is encouraging residents to “Give Back to the Earth” in line with this year’s theme of making and using of compost at home.

During the week and beyond, a series of composting events will run throughout the region, with the aim of highlighting the great environmental benefits of home composting. Scheduled events include:

Knowsley – compost giveaway
Sunday 13th May, 11.00am to 3.00pm
Halewood Environment Centre, Halewood Park, Okell Drive, L26 7XB
Kirkby Council Depot, Arbour Lane, Kirkby, L32 7XB
Knowsley Council Depot, Stretton Way, Huyton, L36 6JF

Compost is limited to three bags per customer and is for Knowsley residents only – proof of address may be requested.

St Helens
Information on composting, recycling and food waste prevention from Council officers will be available at:
Tuesday 8th May – at B&Q, Ravenhead Retail Park, St. Helens, WA9 1RF
Wednesday 9th May – at Wyevale Garden Centre, Mill Lane, Bold Heath, WA8 3UU
Thursday 10th May – at Trebaron Garden Centre, Southworth Road, Newton, WA12 0BS. All these events are 10.00am – 1.00pm.

There will also be a compost giveaway on Saturday 12th May – at Clock Face Colliery Open Space, Gorsey Lane, St Helens. It is a 10.00am start. Spades are provided, but bags are not.

Wirral
Wirral Council will soon be running home composting workshops throughout the borough. If Wirral residents are interested then they should contact the Council on 0151 606 2004 or www.wirral.gov.uk/composting.  

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), said: “Most people don’t realise that up to 30% of their household bin is made up of organic waste which can be turned into compost. Composting is an inexpensive, natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden. It’s both easy to make and use. Home compost can improve soil structure, maintain moisture levels and help to keep your soil’s PH balance in check while helping to suppress plant disease.”

UK households in England throw away around 4 million tonnes of waste every year that could have been composted. Home composting not only helps to significantly reduce carbon emissions, it can also be used as an effective and sustainable waste management method to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

For those interested in home composting, now is the perfect time to get started – householders can purchase home compost bins for as little as £16 for a 200-litre model and £19 for the larger 330-litre version.

For further information about these products, please call 0844 571 4444. Alternatively, you can also order your home composters and composting accessories online, just visit http://www.merseyside.getcomposting.com/.  

ENDS

Notes to editors:

The Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership is made up of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral Councils and MRWA who are collectively responsible for the management of the municipal waste across the Liverpool City Region. Halton Borough Council has a separate but aligned Municipal Waste Management Strategy.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (formerly Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority) is responsible for the disposal of municipal waste on Merseyside. Established in 1986 following the aboli