Green-fingered Wirral residents can take something back from garden waste collections this weekend.
Wirral Council is staging its annual Compost Giveaway on Saturday 11th June at Port Sunlight Garden Centre, The Causeway, Port Sunlight from 9am-1pm.
Wirral residents can come along and claim their free bag of compost at the event - compost which has all been recycled ‘in-house’ from the collection of the contents of the borough’s brown (garden waste) bins. Quantities are limited, though, and will be provided on a first come, first served basis - one per property.
Composting garden waste means less materials will have to be sent to landfill and, apart from getting a free bag of compost to help residents improve the health and condition of their own gardens, residents will also be offered information on the benefits of home composting.
Composting is a cost effective and natural process that transforms kitchen and garden waste into a valuable resource. Compost is a nutrient-rich food product for the garden, which helps to improve soil structure, maintain moisture levels, and keeps the soil's PH balance in check while helping to suppress plant disease.
Wirral Council has joined a national scheme, which allows residents to purchase their own compost converters for their garden at a discounted price - as little as £15 for a 220 litre compost bin or £18 for a 330 litre model.
A wide range of other home composters and composting accessories are also available to residents through this national scheme, including wormeries, kitchen caddies and bases as well as water butts.
Cllr. Brian Kenny, Wirral Council Cabinet member for Environment, said: “We want to encourage all residents to reduce the amount of waste that they send to landfill. Composting certain parts of our kitchen and garden waste is an easy and effective way of reducing, reusing and recycling some of the daily waste we produce, while providing significant benefits for our gardens and the wider environment. It is simple to do and once you get started, you will be surprised at just how much daily household waste can be recycled this way.”