Compost Awareness Week
In 2016/17 north London residents disposed of 54,655 tonnes of food and garden waste (known as organic waste). This helps to make up the 32% of household waste that was reused, recycled or composted for that period. In 2017/18 the composted organic waste produced 3,539 tonnes of quality compost that was delivered to allotments and community projects in north London.
Sending food waste to landfill is bad for the environment and for your pocket! Organic waste in landfill decays and produces a greenhouse gas called methane, which is 23 times more powerful than CO2.
A fantastic way to reduce this environmental impact is to compost at home. Composting is a free, natural process that transforms your fruit and vegetable peelings and garden waste into valuable nutrient-rich food for your garden. It will take your compost about a year to rot down, after which you’ll need to use it. It will be perfect for flower beds, growing plants in pots, or digging into your vegetable patch.
For more advice about composting, visit Recycle Now
Getting a compost bin or wormery
Composting can be done in even the smallest of gardens, but if you have no garden at all, you could try a wormery. Wormeries are easy and fun to use: simply add your food waste and after a few months the worms will have eaten it all. What is left behind is a fantastic fertiliser and a nutrient-rich liquid which can be diluted for use as plant food. Contact your local council to obtain a compost bin or wormery:
Don't have space for a compost bin?
If you don’t have space for a compost bin at home you can still get hold of high quality compost from our reuse and recycling centres (RRCs) in Camden, Islington, Haringey and Waltham Forest. Find out where your nearest RRC is here
The compost is available in 30 litre bags - limit of 2 bags per person per month. The compost comes from LondonWaste Ltd's EcoPark, where they recycle organic waste into quality compost for use in agriculture, allotments, community growing projects and gardens across north London. You can find out more about EcoPark compost here.