Councillor Mark Dobson gives composting a go.
Anyone new to gardening is being encouraged to give it a go with cut-price compost bins.
Green-fingered residents of all ages already know the benefits of recycling kitchen scraps and garden waste, but those who have yet to try gardening can make a start during compost awareness week, running from 6 to 12 May.
The week aims to highlight the environmental benefits of re-using kitchen waste and garden trimmings, and in partnership with getcomposting.com, Leeds City Council is offering home compost bins for as little as £16.98.
Compost awareness week comes just a week after the start of more frequent recycling collections for around 50,000 Leeds residents.
People in Kippax, Methley, Garforth, Swillington, Morley, Ardsley, Robin Hood, a small part of New Farnley and additional properties in Rothwell now have their green recycling bin emptied one week and their black bin the next week.
The switch to the new recycling service means residents will be able to make the most of their green bins, ensuring less waste is sent to landfill.
Using a compost bin to turn fruit and veggie peelings, egg shells, tea bags and even the contents of your vacuum cleaner into a rich compost means this waste won’t go to landfill either.
Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment said:
“In response to residents, we’ve started to introduce recycling collections at a frequency they told us was suitable.
“This type of service improvement, along with the compost bin offer and other recycling services we provide, are all geared towards cutting the waste we send to landfill and saving millions of pounds a year.
“If you haven’t already tried gardening or composting, you should. Peelings, weeds and cuttings can be used to turn even the smallest green space into a garden oasis.”
Any outside space can house a compost bin and the compost produced can be used to enrich potted plants, borders and planted containers.
Compost bins can be ordered from www.getcomposting.com/ or by calling 0844 571 4444.
More information about composting can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Composting.aspx.
More information on the new bin service can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk/newbinservice.
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Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577