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Residents encouraged to compost after bumper growing year

Gardeners reaping the benefits of a bumper growing year can get a helping hand from a home composter as they struggle to cope with grass, weeds and leftover plant material.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) is this autumn encouraging home composting as a cheaper and greener alternative to expensive landfill.

The combination of a warm summer with occasional heavy downpours is thought to have provided ideal growing conditions for many Merseyside gardeners and MRWA wants to make sure the extra waste doesn’t ended up going up in smoke at a November bonfire or costing the tax payer via landfill.

MRWA Chief Executive Carl Beer said: “This year’s weather makes it more opportune than ever for gardeners to deal with their waste in a more environmentally friendly way. Composting makes absolute sense for everyone – the gardener, the tax payer and us.”

Research shows that up to a third of the contents of a Merseyside household bin could be composted.

In addition to garden waste, kitchen and food waste such as fruit and veg, cooked food, small amounts of paper and card and much more besides can be used for home composting.

Carl Beer continued: “If you start composting now by spring next year you will have a nutritious soil conditioner that will enrich new planting and help to produce an array of flowers, fruit and vegetables next year.”

The Authority is backing a scheme selling discounted composters at less than half price to help drive its compost message home. Details of the promotion of the 220 and 330 litre compost bins are available at www.merseyside.getcomposting.com or by calling 0844 571 4444. Home composters are available from as little as £16.98.

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Note to Editors

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 abolition of Merseyside County Council, it is a statutory Authority that works with all the local authorities on Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for Merseyside’s residents. www.merseysidewda.gov.uk

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Uploaded 16.10.2013