Adam Pasco, editor of BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine and regular radio broadcaster, is urging Surrey residents to get composting this summer.
Mr Pasco, who used to work in a commercial nursery in Surrey, said: “I’ve made home composting part of my daily routine. It’s quick and easy and produces great compost to use on my garden.
“Rather than spending pounds on packets of soil improver and fertiliser at shops, much of the garden and kitchen waste I produce each day is recycled at home instead of being thrown away in the dustbin.”
Surrey County Council’s home composting campaign is encouraging people to reduce their household waste by providing tips and advice on what items can be used to make compost, while saving money in the process.
Out of a total 516,000 tonnes of household waste currently produced in Surrey each year, it’s estimated that around a third could be composted which would save the county an estimated £11 million in green waste disposal costs each year.
John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment said: “Composting is easier than you think, especially if you make it part of your routine. If we all do a little we’ll make a massive difference to our environment.”
Discounted bins are available through Surrey County Council, and there are simple step-by-step guides available on how to make your own compost heap, get started with composting and other useful advice.
To find out more about how to get composting or buy a reduced-price bin, starting from only £15.00 including delivery, visit www.surreywastepartnership.org.uk or call 0844 571 4444.
For more information, contact campaign communications officer Felicity Stanbridge on 0208 541 8751.
Notes to editors
In Surrey more than 12,000 bins have been bought in the last three years, helping to divert almost 4,000 tonnes of waste from needing to be collected and treated.
The sorts of items that can be composted include everyday kitchen waste such as tea bags, egg boxes and vegetable peelings, and garden waste such as grass cuttings, twigs and leaves.
Residents can sign up to the quarterly Get Composting e-newsletter at email@example.com to receive seasonal tips, answers to common questions and latest news as well as have the chance to win prizes.