Become a Master Composter this spring - the next free two-day Master Composter foundation course takes place at Lackford Lakes Nature Reserve, Bury St Edmunds IP28 6HX on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 April from 10am to 4pm. Volunteers are asked to commit to 30 hours work post training. No experience is required - all you need is an interest in composting and putting Suffolk’s resources to good use!
Green waste composting checklist (PDF 10KB) - home composting is the most environmentally friendly way to deal with some types of green waste as it enables the waste to be dealt with at source without the need for transport or processing.
Suffolk Waste Partnership compost bin offer
Reduced price compost bins are on offer to Suffolk residents through the Suffolk Waste Partnership. Follow the link below for product details and online ordering:
- Suffolk Waste Partnership compost bin offer
- or call 0844 571 4444 between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday, 9am and 7pm Saturday, 9am and 5pm Sunday.
A range of composting accessories, wormeries and plastic water butts is also available.
The benefits of home composting
Composting your garden waste and fruit and vegetable scraps at home is the most environmentally friendly way to deal with this sort of waste, and is preferable to other methods for the following reasons:
- If organic waste is sent to landfill, it contributes to the production of greenhouse gases such as methane which lead to climate change, in addition to the emissions caused by collecting it and transporting it there.
- If organic waste is burnt on bonfires, the smoke it produces pollutes the air and can be a nuisance to neighbours.
- If organic waste is treated properly at a central composting facility, it still needs to be collected and transported.
Producing your own compost at home has other benefits. It provides a free compost you can use on the garden and so reduces the need to buy peat products.
Peat bogs are fragile wildlife habitats and many have been destroyed in order to meet the demand for peat products. Peat and compost products for sale often come pre-packaged, contributing to more waste.
Also, if you make your own compost, you know exactly what has gone into it.
Follow this link for more advice about composting at home on the RecycleNow website or call their composting helpline on 0845 600 0323.
Excess garden waste that you can't manage at home can also be taken to the household waste recycling centres at Felixstowe, Foxhall and Leiston. This waste is shredded and composted at Foxhall to produce Green Top soil improver which can be purchased in bags from the household waste recycling centres.