Compost Awareness Week 2nd-8th May

Did you know that this week is Compost Awareness Week (2nd-8th May 2010)?

Do you have a compost bin, if so then here are the things that you can put in your compost bin.

Green Waste

  • Fruit peelings.
  • Vegetable peelings.
  • Tea bags.
  • Coffee grounds.
  • Grass cuttings.
  • Old flowers.
  • Dead plants.
  • Plant prunings.
  • Weeds.
  • Animal manure.

Brown Waste

  • Egg boxes.
  • Scrunched up paper.
  • Paper towels.
  • Paper bags.
  • Newspaper.
  • Cardboard.
  • Leaves.
  • Hedge clippings.
  • Sawdust.
  • Eggshells.
  • Old straw and hay.
  • Guinea pig, gerbil, rabbit and hamster bedding.
  • Old cotton.
  • Linen rags.

If you are thinking of getting a compost bin during compost awareness week then you will need to think about the best location for your compost bin.

  • Place the compost bin onto bare soil or grass so that the worms can get in and the moisture can drain out.
  • Ensure that the ground is level and drainage is good.
  • Ideally place the compost bin in a partially sunny position as the heat helps to break down the waste. (A shady location will still produce compost but at a slower rate.)
  • Place the bin where there is easy access to it.
  • Ensure that there is enough room around the compost bin to mix the compost and get the finished compost out.
  • Do you have any composting or recycling tips that you would like to share during compost awareness week, if so then please leave a comment.

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