Monday, May 05, 2014

Wythnos Ymwybyddiaeth Compost
- Compost Awareness Week

Today, Monday 5th May marks the start of Compost Awareness week – in Wales. Why I get this stuff from the Welsh Local Government Association I don’t know. Perhaps there is a Welsh Barkingside? There’s certainly a Redbridge down in Southampton. Anyway since I like making my own compost I thought I’d post it up particularly as our own Redbridge Council still have their special offer on Compost bins. And now is a good time to start. I find you need a good mix of grass cuttings, weeds and vegetable peelings mixed with what is known as “brown material”. You should have a plentiful supply of this at the moment as shredded political leaflets are rich in organic material otherwise known as ….

Here’s the press release:
Easy, environmentally friendly and a great way to reduce your waste by up to a third, home composting is something we can all do, yet 60% of us have never tried it*.
Compost Awareness Week which runs from Monday 5th to Sunday 11th May aims to show people how simple home composting is and demonstrate the great results that can be achieved by turning your organic waste into nutrient-rich homemade compost.
Recycle for Wales is encouraging households in Wales to get involved by taking the opportunity to try composting for themselves. About a third of your waste can be composted at home, saving energy and resources and benefiting your garden and your pocket.
Vegetable peelings, prunings, paper and a list of other things from your kitchen and garden will decompose easily and naturally in a compost bin, leaving you less waste to bag up and put out for collection and further processing.
The free compost will enrich borders and vegetable patches, plant up patio containers and act as a soil conditioner to improve your lawn.
Dan Finch National Communications Officer for Recycle for Wales said: “Many people don’t realise how simple it is to home compost or just how much of their household waste can actually be composted. You can start today by picking up a discounted compost bin, available from your local council.”
Cameron Stewart from Blackwood has been an avid composter for years.
He said: “It’s really easy to start composting. All you need is a compost bin, which isn’t very expensive or some screwed together pallets like I’m using. Then all you need is a mixture of rotting components such as weeds, flowers, grass clippings known as fast rotters, and some slow rotters such as egg shells and wood prunings to create a good compost. The most effort required in making compost is turning the compost mixture over with a fork from time to time to let some air get in, to help everything break down”
“Once you start making your own compost you will never go back to buying it from a DIY store. It’s convenient to get to, saves you money, and you will have the added satisfaction of knowing you helped create it while reducing waste at the same time.”
“We hardly use our food waste bins because most of what would go in there is composted or goes in my newly formed wormery”
Home composting helps ensure that organic household waste doesn’t end up in landfill. Not only is this a waste of natural resources but it also takes up increasingly limited landfill space. What’s more, you’ll be left with a product that has everything your plants need to flourish and stay looking beautiful and healthy.
For further information about composting and to read about how Cameron composts at home visit


  1. Alan, your fame is spreading.

    For the so-called brown material in the compost bin, I tear up egg boxes, the middles of loo and kitchen rolls and paper bags. Glossy paper such as that used for all those advertising leaflets that cascade through the letterbox isn't really suitable because of the chemicals used in the printing inks, though it probably wouldn't do any harm in small quantities.

  2. Compost, scams, local elections, European elections, 'Brown stuff'. It all ties in nicely, dunnit?

    1. Yes - a whole load of old c**p.

    2. Statler and Waldorf? or Waldorf and Statler?

    3. Neither. But which of them is not you?