For the tenth year running, Babergh and Mid Suffolk celebrated National Compost Awareness Week (7th -13th May) by giving away more free compost.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk’s Waste Team was at Mill Meadow, Needham Lake on Sunday 8th May, with representatives – Simon and Emma from Material Change. There were long queues forming from very early on before the gates opened. The weather was a bit chilly but at least it stayed dry. There was a great atmosphere with keen gardeners taking the opportunity to try the compost for free. Trained ‘Master Composters’ were on hand to provide advice on home composting  and Waste Management officers were also be available to help answer queries on waste minimisation, recycling and the garden waste collection service.


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Oliver Faiers, Corporate Manager for Waste Services said, “Our ‘Shovel it Yourself’ events are a great way for us to say a huge ‘thank you’ to our residents for the way they have supported our brown bin scheme over the last ten years.  As a result of their fantastic efforts we have been able to repay them by giving away almost 575 tonnes of compost since 2007.  Composting is a great way to cut down on the amount of waste going into refuse bins, as well as providing a nutrient rich soil improver for our gardens.”


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Top Ten Reasons to Compost at Home

1.Saves Money

Composting is good for the environment and the wallet, as it reduces the need for shop bought produces including fertilisers, chemical sprays and bagged manure.

2.  It’s free

Another reason why composting helps you save money is because it’s free.  Compost heaps are typically made up of waste, particularly food waste – it really is a great way of turning trash into treasure.

3.  It’s easy

Composting is quick and easy and you can compost just about anything that has ‘lived’.  It requires very little work and maintenance yet the benefits it reaps are everlasting.

4.  Climate change

Composting is proven to be an effective way to help fight global warming which is why it is often used in the agriculture industry.  Healthy soil helps to remove excess carbon from the air which is then stored in the ground, becoming part of plants that grow out of the soil.

5.  Saves energy and space

As compost is frequently made up of food waste, composting helps to decrease levels of pollution as it lessens the energy and space used on unnecessary collection and dumping, which in turn leads to fewer landfills around us.

6.  Promotes healthy produce

Compost is a very effective fertiliser which provides your garden with all it needs to grow healthy and wholesome fruit and vegetables.  Healthy soil equals healthy produce.

7.  Protects nutrients

A natural compost heap will ensure the soil stays uncontaminated and the produce you’re growing is healthy and fit for consumption.

8.  Drought

Compost is highly absorbent which means water seeps into the soil when it rains, holding moisture for the plants when needed.  This means plants area able to draw on water even when the weather stays dry.

9.  Prevent pests

Studies show that composting is beneficial in preventing pest population and can help to reduce problems such as nematodes and fusarium.

10. Educating

Composting is a wonderful way to teach children about nature and the cycle of life.  It also shows them the importance of recycling and looking after the environment.

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