Rake in the rewards of composting this Autumn

Did you know composting at home this autumn can save you and help the environment?

Home composting not only reduces your carbon footprint, but is also a great addition to your usual recycling habits as the nutrient-rich product is fantastic for your garden and could save you money too.

October is a busy month for keen gardeners and those picking up windfall fruit and autumn leaves. To encourage residents to get composting,  Essex County Council have teamed up with “get composting” to offer composting bins from as little as £8.98. There’s also a multi-buy offer for residents with larger gardens or for those who team up with a friend or neighbour to buy a bin.

Composting at home is a quick, easy and cost-effective method of clearing away garden waste and making a free supply of compost to use in your garden for the spring. Whether it’s vegetable peelings and egg shells from the kitchen, shredded paper or the cuttings from one last outing for the lawnmower, simply thrown it in your compost bin and over the winter months it will rot down to produce environmentally friendly compost.

Depending on your recycling and rubbish collection method (either black bag or wheelie bin), Colchester residents kerbside limit for garden waste is one full brown wheelie bin (with a closable lid) or four white garden sacks.

To find out more about the benefits of composting at home and how you can get involved, visit: www.recycleforessex.com/news-and-ideas/try-composting-at-home