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Celebrity chef backs Surrey’s home composting campaign

Raymond Blanc

Raymond Blanc

Michelin-star chef and TV star Raymond Blanc is urging Surrey residents to get composting this summer.

Mr Blanc, who loves to garden and will soon open his latest brassiere in Farnham, Surrey said: “Composting is a gardening activity you can do all year round.

The summer months are a good time of year to either start or keep composting as there’s lots of material which can be thrown into the compost bin like grass cuttings and salad scraps from BBQs or torn up cardboard from packaging sleeves. I’d encourage anyone with a garden to give composting a go.”

Nearly fourteen thousand compost bins have been brought through Surrey County Council’s discounted bin scheme in the last four years. With other composters in Surrey these have helped to divert over 8,000 tonnes of waste from needing to be collected and disposed of.

John Furey, Cabinet Member for Transport, Highways and Environment said:

“Our campaign is a great opportunity to promote the importance of composting to our residents. It only takes a few quick and easy steps to get started and yet it can save money and make a really positive difference to the environment.”

Discounted bins are still available through the scheme and there are simple step-by-step guides available on how to get started or make your own compost heap, what to compost and other useful advice.

To find out more about how to get composting or buy a reduced-price bin, starting from only £15 (RRP: £40) visit www.surreywastepartnership.org.uk or call 0844 571 4444.

Notes to editors

Media requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council campaign communications officer Felicity Stanbridge at felicity.stanbridge@surreycc.gov.uk.

Raymond Blanc, a self-taught, Michelin-starred chef launched the Royal Horticultural Society’s “Edible Britain campaign in April, in which the RHS calls on the nation to provide communities with fresh, seasonal produce. He also hosts the TV programme, Raymond Blanc’s Kitchen Secrets.

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