Press release - May 11, 2009 12:00 AM

Nearly 30 tonnes of compost was given away at SITA Cornwall’s household waste recycling centres last week, as part of National Compost Awareness Week (3-9 May 2009).

Compost giveaways are a huge success

Nearly 30 tonnes of compost was given away at SITA Cornwall’s household waste recycling centres last week, as part of National Compost Awareness Week (3-9 May 2009).

Cornish residents who visited Bude, United Mines, St Erth and Connon Bridge HWRCs were offered free compost in exchange for their waste. The compost, produced from green waste previously collected on the HWRCs, was kindly donated by local composting companies, TT Compost Ltd and The Green Waste Company.

The giveaways were supported by waste minimisation advisors from the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and Cornwall Council who were on hand to answer any composting questions and give out expert tips on producing hassle free compost. SITA Cornwall’s Education Officer was also on site to provide information about diverting waste from landfill by reducing, reusing and recycling.

SITA Cornwall’s Education Officer, Laura Bosworth said: “We had an incredible response over the four days, and it was great to give something back to those using the recycling centres. We hope to repeat the giveaways next year, and in the meantime we would encourage householders across Cornwall to recycle and compost as much of their waste as possible.”

Martin Lake from TT Compost Ltd said: “Over the years the public have described what they think happens to the green waste they take to the HWRCs. The compost awareness week has identified that the green waste is turned into top grade compost; a win, win result for everyone.”

Felicity Richards from The Green Waste Company added: “We hope this event has helped highlight to the public that recycling green waste through the HWRCs produces quality products and saves the county's valuable landfill resources”.

Over the past year nearly 20,000 tonnes of green waste was taken to SITA Cornwall’s HWRCs by members of the public for composting. The green waste is then shredded, screened and matured at the Green Waste Company’s composting farm near Hayle and Tinten on-farm Composting St Tudy.

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