The nights are drawing in and there is a distinct chill in the air, Autumn is now upon us and it is a perfect time to start composting. Veolia (Nottinghamshire County Councils waste contractors) are encouraging residents in Nottinghamshire to get composting and make the most of those falling autumn leaves.
There’s plenty of natural garden waste available – such as spent bedding plants, grass cuttings, autumn leaves and prunings – which can all be recycled over the coming months to produce nutritious compost ready for use in the garden next spring, or can be taken to any of the Nottinghamshire Recycling Centres which are open seven days a week from 8am until 6pm until the end of October. From November 1st to 28th February the Recycling Centre hours will be 8am until 4pm.
Richard Allen Contract Logistics Manager for Veolia Nottinghamshire said: “We’ve enjoyed the great summer weather and this combined with the occasional heavy downpour, has encouraged plant growth. At this time of year many are taking to the garden for a pre winter tidy up but instead of making bonfires from garden waste which pollute the atmosphere, a much more environmentally-friendly way to dispose of this waste is to compost it at home, or by taking green waste to your local recycling centre.
Lydia Powles, Nottinghamshire County Councils Schools Waste Education Officer and ‘compost advisor’ said: “The secret to really good compost is having a range of ingredients in your mix. In addition to garden waste, you can also mix in other materials such as coffee grounds, tea bags, tissues, paper napkins, cardboard and fruit and veg waste.”
For people wondering what to do with all their fallen leaves this autumn, a good idea is to make a leaf mould, a fine product that can be used in place of peat as potting compost for container plants. Leaf mould can be made by putting the excess leaves in a bin bag with a few holes in it, and leaving it in a secluded spot to rot down.
Nottinghamshire residents who do not have a compost bin can purchase a susidised bin from the website: www.nottinghamshire.getcomposting.com
For more information visit www.veolia.co.uk/nottinghamshire
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