County council offers special discounts on compost bins

County council offers special discounts on compost bins

County council offers special discounts on compost bins

First published in News

PEOPLE in Worcestershire are being encouraged to do their bit for the environment by composting their waste.

As part of International Compost Awareness Week, Worcestershire County Council has teamed up with Hereford Council and getcomposting.com to offer compost bins at a fraction of the normal price.

Bins are already available from the council at a cut price, but they are now being offered at buy one get one half price, meaning residents can buy two for £39, including delivery – a saving of more than 80 per cent.

The council’s cabinet member for the environment Cllr Anthony Blagg said: "I have used a couple of the subsidised compost bins myself for several years.

“They are really very easy to use and are effective at reducing your garden waste and help divert a lot of vegetable kitchen waste from landfill."

Senior waste prevention officer with Worcestershire County Council Stephen Ackers said more than 30 per cent of the average household bin can be composted.

"This is a great incentive to encourage more residents to get composting and set up their own composting communities sharing the rewards,” he said.

“Home composting organic waste also helps to significantly reduce carbon emissions and can also be used as an effective and sustainable waste management method to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.”

For more information call 0844 571 4444 or visit www.hw.getcomposting.com.

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10:19am Wed 7 May 14

thesquirrel says...

Considered getting a bin but I've seen quite a few rats about already. Has anyone experienced problems with rats as a result of composting?
Considered getting a bin but I've seen quite a few rats about already. Has anyone experienced problems with rats as a result of composting? thesquirrel
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11:02am Wed 7 May 14

green49 says...

I wouldnt buy one from the council its probably already full of all the ******* thats been spouted by Hardman and co,
I wouldnt buy one from the council its probably already full of all the ******* thats been spouted by Hardman and co, green49
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12:37pm Wed 7 May 14

New Kid on the Block says...

thesquirrel wrote:
Considered getting a bin but I've seen quite a few rats about already. Has anyone experienced problems with rats as a result of composting?
Never had a problem with rats in a compost bin. It is recommended that you don't put anything meat based into a bin because that will attract rats.
My bin is full of lawn clippings and shredded tree prunings and is composting away nicely.
If you already have rats then I suggest a properly set trap or a good terrier is needed.
( I shall now wait for the complaints because I suggested using a terrier)
[quote][p][bold]thesquirrel[/bold] wrote: Considered getting a bin but I've seen quite a few rats about already. Has anyone experienced problems with rats as a result of composting?[/p][/quote]Never had a problem with rats in a compost bin. It is recommended that you don't put anything meat based into a bin because that will attract rats. My bin is full of lawn clippings and shredded tree prunings and is composting away nicely. If you already have rats then I suggest a properly set trap or a good terrier is needed. ( I shall now wait for the complaints because I suggested using a terrier) New Kid on the Block
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2:00pm Wed 7 May 14

redtail says...

get compostingdotcom have then for for as little as £9.50 wonder who is getting the profits
get compostingdotcom have then for for as little as £9.50 wonder who is getting the profits redtail
  • Score: 1

5:49pm Wed 7 May 14

New Kid on the Block says...

redtail wrote:
get compostingdotcom have then for for as little as £9.50 wonder who is getting the profits
IF you look at the getcomposting website you will see a range of composters - all subsidised by the council.
Where the £39 figure came from I don't know as even 2 of the larger 330 litre composting bins complete with base plates and compost accelerator is less than this.
If anyone is interested I am using a tumbler as well as a normal bin. The tumbler makes better compost. Probably because it is so easy to turn over the heap and aerate the compost meaning that you will do it far more often.
The downside is the cost of the tumbler type bins. There are many types available some of which are easier than others to turn when half full of heavy compost. To quote the old saying "you pays your money and takes your pick"
[quote][p][bold]redtail[/bold] wrote: get compostingdotcom have then for for as little as £9.50 wonder who is getting the profits[/p][/quote]IF you look at the getcomposting website you will see a range of composters - all subsidised by the council. Where the £39 figure came from I don't know as even 2 of the larger 330 litre composting bins complete with base plates and compost accelerator is less than this. If anyone is interested I am using a tumbler as well as a normal bin. The tumbler makes better compost. Probably because it is so easy to turn over the heap and aerate the compost meaning that you will do it far more often. The downside is the cost of the tumbler type bins. There are many types available some of which are easier than others to turn when half full of heavy compost. To quote the old saying "you pays your money and takes your pick" New Kid on the Block
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