Shropshire Council

Shropshire residents urged to get composting

08 August 2013 Last updated at 01:57

With the hot summer weather, Shropshire Council and their waste contractor Veolia are urging residents to get composting.

Now is the perfect time to compost at home because the weather means we’re spending more time in our gardens, and summer is the peak season for creating garden waste.  The heat also speeds up the composting process so you can get through more waste more quickly at this time of year.

People can get composting by taking advantage of a special deal we have arranged on home composting bins, wormeries and water butts,  through the getcomposting website.

Cllr. Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member responsible for waste management, said:

“Composting waste at home is kinder to the environment and also helps to save taxpayers’ money by reducing the need to collect and treat so much waste.”

Top tips for summer compost

  • Don’t just try composting grass cuttings on their own or you get a sweaty pile of mush.   To make good compost you need to add a balanced mixture of moist nitrogen rich material like grass cuttings, tea bags and food waste and drier carbon-rich material like straw, hay, cardboard and shredded paper.
  • Place your compost bin in a sunny spot to take advantage of the summer hot weather.
  • If you want to get your heap even hotter it’s about stimulating the bacteria who create the heat. One way to waken your bugs is to stir up your compost heap and turn it over with garden fork.  
  • Another idea to speed things up is to feed it lots of nitrogen-rich material like nettles or grass cuttings.
  • You shouldn’t need to, but if you find your compost heap dries out too much simply pour on some water to help keep it nice and moist to aid the decomposing process.