Cotswold residents grab a bargain bin

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Cotswold residents grab a bargain bin

Cotswold residents have been queuing up for cut-price compost bins. The one-day sale last Sunday 22nd March, at the Lorry Park, Kingsmeadow in Cirencester, was organised by Gloucestershire County Council and Cotswolds District Council.

140 compost bins were sold at the event - helping to divert some 25 tonnes of waste away from landfill every year – which is not only harmful to the environment, but becoming increasingly expensive with landfill tax rising sharply.

The bins can be used to dispose of garden waste like grass cuttings and uncooked food such as vegetable peelings. In total about 30 per cent of waste from a typical household bin can be transformed into compost and used on the garden.

Councillor Stan Waddington, Cabinet member for the Environment at Gloucestershire County Council said:

“We are very pleased that many residents in the Cotswolds took advantage of the one day bin sale. Home composting is an ideal way to deal with waste at source and reduce the amount of rubbish we send to the two landfill sites in Gloucestershire.”

During the one-day sale, experts were on hand to provide advice to compost hungry residents. Householders were also able to get information and advice on CDC’s waste and recycling service, and were encouraged to sign up to the garden waste collection service.

People took the opportunity to bag free items like black boxes, kitchen caddies and re-useable cardboard sacks with over 130 items being given out.

Mark Tufnell, Portfolio Holder, for the Environment at Cotswold District Council said:
“Its fantastic that so many people came along to get their reduced price compost bins as it will encourage more composting, which is a great way to reduce the amount of waste you produce. Our recycling and composting rate will be over 60% this year but we would encourage people to recycle even more to improve on this figure.”

Gloucestershire County Council and Cotswold District Council organised a one-day compost bin sale in Cirencester on March 22nd with logistical support being provided by DHL and WRAP.
Residents can spring in to action with this year’s garden waste service 1st April 2009 – 31st March 2010. To register for the weekly garden waste collection service, visit www.cotswold.gov.uk/go/gardenwaste or call the Council’s waste hotline on 01285 623123.
You can purchase a home composting bin by calling 0845 077 0757 or going to www.recycleforgloucestershire.com

Posted : 26/03/2009 17:12:29

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