Bag a free compost bin and get recycling

Green-minded residents can bag themselves a free composting bin as part of a Belper News competition.

We have teamed-up with Derbyshire County Council as part of Compost Awareness Week to offer 20 of the recycling aids, which usually retail at £16.98 plus delivery.

Around 30 per cent of an average households waste is organic and can be turned into compost.

You can help by composting suitable kitchen and garden waste such as grass cuttings, leaves, uncooked peelings, teabags, coffee grounds, eggshells, plain cardboard and shredded paper for use in plant pots, baskets and flower beds.

Mum of two Catriona Cummings (pictured) reckons composting is child’s play.

Even her children – Alex,nine, and Freya, seven, get involved in saving apple cores, banana skins and peelings for the compost bin.

She said: “They love fruit and vegetables and we eat a lot of them. The kids help me by making sure they save any peelings instead of putting them in the bin.

“In fact, they tell me off if I accidently put something in the bin that could be composted!”

The county council aims to increase the amount of waste recycled and composted from more than 45 per cent in 2012/13 to a target of 55 per cent by 2020 and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

The authority’s waste management team is already delivering a range of waste prevention, reuse, recycling and composting initiatives to educate, raise awareness and change behaviour and improves recycling performance throughout the county.

And to further boost composting rates in the Belper area, the News is running a competition with the council as part of Composting Week, which runs from May 6-12.

To enter, simply email your name, address, postcode and phone number to editor@belpernews.co.uk.

Alternatively send your entry to: Compost Bin Competition, Belper News, 8 Heanor Road, Ilkeston, DE7 8ER. Closing date: May 15.

Entry is limited to one per household. Entrants must live in Derbyshire. Winners may be asked to take part in publicity.

Derbyshire County Council will pass winners’ details to the compost bin supplier so that delivery can be arranged. Winners will be picked at random. No photocopies accepted.

Normal competition rules apply and are available on request.

For more information on composting go to www.derbyshire.gov.uk/composting or www.recyclenow.com/home_composting