Council gets dirty with youtube videos

The council is getting dirty in a new series of short films about composting at home.

Avid gardeners have been getting their hands mucky to show people how to make compost. New videos will be posted during international compost awareness week, which runs from 5 to 11 May.

Allotment holders from Headingley Station West allotments are the stars of the films, the first of which is now live on the council’s youtube channel.

The short clips guide people through the process making compost in five easy steps, including siting a composter, feeding it, turning the compost, and how to use it.

Anyone with outside space can have a go at composting and to help, the council offers cut-price compost bins.

Composting fruit and veggie peelings, grass cuttings, egg shells, shredded paper, tea bags and even the contents of you vacuum cleaner, can significantly reduce the amount of household waste that goes to landfill.

The resulting compost can be used on veggie plots, flower beds, patio planters, hanging baskets and window boxes.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:

“Composting isn’t just for those who want to grow award winning fruit and veg. Anyone with outside space can have a go and use the compost as a soil conditioner to really make plants bloom.

“It’s an ideal way to help cut the amount of waste we send to landfill alongside the services we provide to help people reduce, re-use and recycle.”

Melvyn Nowland, an allotment holder at Station West allotments at Headingley, said:

“I’ve been composting since I was five. It’s easy and very satisfying to be producing and using your own compost. You have something that’s top quality and you save a lot of money – and I mean a lot. If you haven’t tried it, you should really give it a go.”

Compost bins can be ordered from www.leeds.getcomposting.com/ or by calling 0844 571 4444.

More information about composting and the buy one, get one half price offer on composters can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk/compost

The short films can be found by clicking on the youtube link at www.leeds.gov.uk

For media enquiries please contact:

Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577

email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk