Compost Awareness Week 2015

April 30, 2015

Did you know that around 40% of the average rubbish bin’s contents are suitable for composting? If you haven’t caught the composting bug yet then Compost Awareness Week, 4 – 11 of May 2015, is a great time to start!

Great value compost bins and wormeries for Lambeth residents

220 litre compost bin.  £14.98.

220 litre compost bin.

Visit www.getcomposting.com to see the range of composters available and purchase your discounted compost bin. You can also make the most of the buy one, get one half price offer, by teaming up with a friend or neighbour.

As well as compost bins, you can buy wormeries, which are perfect for dealing with all cooked and uncooked food waste.

Why compost?

It’s a really easy way to transform everyday scraps such as fruit and veg peelings, tea bags and shredded paper into a useful soil improver for your garden. You don’t need a big garden either, compost bins can be set up in small backyards and on patios.

If you live on an estate or don’t have access to a garden, you can still compost by setting up your own community composting area. Contact us at compostdoctor@lambeth.gov.uk for more information.

Tips and advice

If you haven’t composted before, have a look at our other posts ‘getting started‘ and ‘getting results‘.

Our Compost Doctor will also be on hand next Wednesday 6 May, to answer your composting questions. Please tweet your question to @Envirolambeth and he’ll answer them throughout the day.

The life inside your compost bin photo competition

One gram of compost can be home to literally millions of microscopic creatures! You’ll also have some more visible mini beasts working away in your bin such as worms and woodlice. This year, Garden Organic have launched a photographic competition are are asking for pictures on the theme of ‘The life inside your bin’. Entries should be sent to info@homecoposting.org.uk by 5pm on Wednesday 6 May. Good luck!


Compost Awareness Week 2014

April 28, 2014

Man composting5 – 11 May 2014 is International Compost Awareness Week, so if you are thinking about composting now is the time to start!

Discounted bins

All Lambeth residents are entitled to discounted compost bins and wormeries. Visit getcomposting.com or call 0845 658 8866 to order yours. Delivery is free and bins start at just £14.98!

You can also team up with a neighbour or friend to make the most of the buy one, get one half price offer.

No space for a compost bin?

Lack of space needn’t stop you from composting. We can help you to set up a communal composting scheme in your local area. Whether you live on an estate, are part of a food growing group or would like to compost with your neighbours, we can provide all the help you need to get started.  Drop us a line at compostdoctor@lambeth.gov.uk or call 020 7926 8948.

 Need advice? Speak to our Compost Doctor

Our very own Compost Doctor is on hand to offer advice. He can provide support with setting up your compost bin and help with any problems you might be experiencing with existing bins. You can contact him on compostdoctor@lambeth.gov.uk or call 020 7926 8948. On 7 and 8 May, he will be making a special appearance on Twitter to answer your questions! Please tweet them to @envirolambeth and use #CAW2014.


It’s Compost Awareness Week!

May 6, 2013

Composting6 – 12 May 2013 is International Compost Awareness Week, so here’s a round-up of everything you need to know to get composting in Lambeth!

Discounted bins and wormeries for Lambeth residents

Visit getcomposting.com or call 0845 658 8866 to order your discounted compost bin or wormery. Delivery is free and bins start at just £11!

No space for a compost bin?

Lack of space needn’t stop you from composting. We can help you to set up a communal composting scheme in your local area. So, whether you live on an estate, are part of a food growing group or would simply like to compost with your neighbours, we can provide all the help you need to get started.  Simply drop us a line at compostdoctor@lambeth.gov.uk or call 020 7926 8948.

Need advice? Speak to our Compost Doctor

Our very own Compost Doctor is on hand to offer advice. He can provide support with setting up your compost bin and help with any problems you might be experiencing with existing bins. You can contact him on compostdoctor@lambeth.gov.uk or call 020 7926 8948.

Follow us on Twitter

During Compost Awareness Week, we’ll be tweeting lots of tips, advice and facts, so make sure you’re following us @Envirolambeth and look out for #lambethcompost


Join our live composting Q & A session!

May 4, 2012

Girl composting It’s  National Compost Awareness week and to celebrate, we’d like to invite you to participate in our live Q&A session with our very own Compost Doctor.

Lambeth residents have shown how keen they are to start composting with 680 taking up the offer of a subsidised bin in the last year. However, we’re keen to get as many of you composting as possible. So whether you’ve got your bin and need a few tips or you’re just interested in finding out a bit more, send us your questions and we’ll help you on your way to composting success!

The Compost Doctor will be ready to answer your questions between 1pm and 2pm today, 8 May and Thursday, 10 May. Feel free to leave your questions in the comments section below.

Alternatively, you can tweet @lambeth_council #compost4lambeth with your compost question any time from 1pm to 2pm, today or Thursday, 10 May and our Compost Doctor will be ready to answer it.

To see your answers go to @lambeth_council or search for the #compost4lambeth hashtag on twitter.

We’ll regularly update this blog, so be sure to follow us for information on the latest news, offers and events about composting and all things environmental.


Composting – getting results

May 4, 2012

Resident using a compost binOnce your bin is set up, it will do most of the hard work for you. It’s not quite time to put your feet up though! Following a few simple guidlines will ensure that you get the most from your bin and avoid potential problems.

Keeping the right balance

We mentioned ‘greens and browns’ in the previous post, it’s important that you keep a 50/50 balance between the two. Too many greens and your compost will be soggy, too many browns and it will be too dry.

Creepy crawlies

You might not like them, but insects are busy working away with their friends the microorganisms to turn your waste into a beautiful soil improver. However if you are experiencing problems with fruit flies, you can try leaving the lid off for a few hours, the sunlight will discourage them. If your bin is full of ants, it might be a bit too dry.

It’s a bit smelly!

Your bin shouldn’t smell, so if it does try mixing it to aerate the pile. Adding scrunched up paper and cardboard to your bin as you fill it will allow pockets of air to form throughout your pile.  Also, make sure you’re not adding meat, dairy products or animal waste. All of these will increase odour and may encourage pests.

Harvesting

It’s time to reap your rewards! Open the hatch or lift the bin slightly and scoop out the fresh compost with a garden fork. The compost might be a little lumpy, you can sift out any larger materials if you want or just mix it in with existing soil in your borders and pots. The compost will be full of nutrients and will include everything your plants need including nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. However, the finished product will be very strong, so be sure to leave a gap around delicate plant stems.

If you haven’t already started composting, have a look at our getting started post.

Happy composting!


Composting – getting started.

April 30, 2012

Man composting

 

Choose the right bin for you

Bins are available in different shapes and sizes and you’ll need to find the right one for your garden. Have a look at the range on offer on the get composting website. If you have small quantities of food waste to compost a wormery might be for you.

Find the right spot

Put your bin in a partially sunny spot, as this can speed up the composting process. It helps if your bin is placed directly onto soil, but if you only have a patio or concrete area, place a layer of soil at the bottom of the bin to give the worms and creatures a helping hand.

Add the right ingredients

An even balance between ‘green’ and ‘brown’ material is essential for good compost.

‘Greens’ are quick to rot and provide  important nitrogen and moisture. Greens include: vegetable peelings, fruit waste, teabags, coffee grounds, plant remains and grass cuttings.

‘Browns’ are slower to rot but provide fibre and carbon and allow air pockets to form in the mix. Browns include: cardboard egg boxes, shredded paper, scrunched up paper, fallen leaves and eggshells.

Good things come to those who wait

It will take between nine and twelve months for your compost to become ready to use. Check the bottom of your compost bin and once you have a crumbly, dark material, resembling thick, moist soil, you know it’s ready to use.