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Get creative this Compost Awareness Week (3 May 2013)

The thirteenth annual international Compost Awareness Week will be held from Monday 6th to Sunday 12th May 2013.

The Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership is getting its residents involved by promoting the environmental benefits of home composting and the great results that can be achieved by using peat-free composts containing recycled material.

This year to encourage families and the younger generation to get composting, Garden Organic in association with Master Composters are running a ‘Decorate Your Compost Bin’ competition.

Jane Griffiths, Garden Organic’s Volunteer Mentor Network Manager said: “The International Compost Awareness Week is a great opportunity to promote the importance of composting to a wide variety of people and groups. We have a range of fun and informative activities that will engage and inform people about the benefits of home composting.

“We are very excited about our ‘Decorate Your Compost Bin Competition’ and with categories for under 11s, 11- 18 years and adults, it provides a fun challenge for composters of all ages to get creative with their composting bins.”

Councillor Joe DeAsha, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, said: “For those interested in home composting who haven’t yet given it a go, now is the perfect time to get started.”

The Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership along with getcomposting.com are offering home compost bins for as little as £16.98 plus delivery – less than half the recommended retail price of £39.

There is also a ‘Buy One Get One Half Price’ offer, adding extra value to residents with larger gardens or those who team up with a friend or neighbor to buy a bin.

To see what’s available in your local area call 0844 571 4444 or look online at www.merseyside.getcomposting.com. Simply enter your postcode to find the best deal for you. Some local authorities also have subsidy available to reduce prices even further.

Garden and green waste can also be taken to one of Merseyside’s 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres.

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FURTHER INFORMATION

The Master Composter Programme is an initiative where Garden Organic work with community volunteers to promote and support home composting. Volunteers undertake a training programme in composting and issues surrounding organic waste management.

They then carry out activities in their local community to raise awareness and participation in home composting. The programme is carried out in collaboration with local authorities and WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme). For further information about the programme go to http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/composting/mastercomposter.php

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (formerly Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority) is a statutory authority established in 1986, following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, to undertake the household waste disposal functions for local authorities across Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and the safe and effective disposal of household waste for Merseyside’s residents.

The Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership is made up of MRWA, plus the District Councils of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. See recycleformerseyside.com for more information.

Members of the media can contact:
John Lally
John.lally@merseysidewda.gov.uk
0151 255 1444