This year, 'Give it a Grow' is the message being put out by Government agency Recycle Now for Compost Awareness Week, which aims to get everyone to try their hand at new composting activities.
B&Q will be telling customers that as much as a third of UK household waste can be composted - anything from fruit and vegetable peelings to egg shells and pet hair, and even old shredded bank bills and natural fibres such as cotton can be added. Garden compost can be made from any organic matter that will rot down.
They will recommend using compost bins, including the Sankey Ecomax, made from 100% recycled plastic - 75% of which is post consumer waste - at £29.98 for 220 litres. B&Q will also promote its cream enamel Compost Bucket with lid at £9.98.
Gin Tidridge, One Planet Home Range Manager for B&Q said: "This Compost Awareness Week we are encouraging everyone to give composting a go. Even those of us who are already composting at home could compost more things more often. You'll save money, send up to a third less waste to landfill, and help your garden to grow greener! If you are buying compost to up what you've made, ensure that you choose peat free to protect valuable wetland habitats."
WHAT TO INCLUDE
- uncooked kitchen waste: vegetable trimmings, tea bags, coffee grounds and eggshells
- annual weeds (before seedheads form)
- spent bedding plants and flowers
- soft hedge clippings
- soft prunings
- lawn clippings (not all at once, just in thin layers)
- shredded natural fibre materials such as newspapers, paper, cotton and wool fabrics
- shredded woody stems
- cardboard, sawdust and straw (in layers between green material)
WHAT TO LEAVE OUT
- cooked kitchen waste
- animal products and bones
- diseased plant materials
- soil pests
- weed seedheads
- synthetic fabrics
- non-biodegradable materials
- dog or cat waste
- unshredded woody material
- perennial weeds