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Council campaign to boost composting awareness

Compost will help you grow your own delicious vegetables
Compost will help you grow your own delicious vegetables

[R]ecycle for Cumbria is asking residents to get involved in reuse activities across the County. Having shared best practice advice and information on local reuse organisations throughout April, the final week of the campaign coincides with International Composting Awareness Week (7-13 May). To celebrate, organisations across Cumbria will be joining together for a variety of activities, along with Cumbria County Council.

International Composting Awareness Week 2017 has the theme “Compost! Healthy Soil, Healthy Food”. You can join Recycle for Cumbria at garden parties in Cockermouth, Wigton and Keswick for a variety of activities including seed swaps, composting demonstrations, garden upcycling demonstrations and coffee mornings. You can also meet one of the Recycle for Cumbria Waste Prevention Officers at a drop-in session in Kendal to ask all your composting questions. You can also find introduction to composting sessions at Penrith and Carlisle libraries.

With around 60% of household waste estimated to be compostable, composting is an activity anyone can get involved with. “We encourage all our residents to compost at home where possible” says Judith Bradshaw from Recycle for Cumbria. “It’s a really simple process that helps reduce the amount of waste from the kitchen and provides people with a great source for compost so they can grow their own free vegetables at home”.

The campaign run by Recycle for Cumbria has covered a wide range of composting and reuse tips and facts. Composting information has included top tips from local community gardeners, plenty of practical composting advice and access to discounted compost bins. The reuse campaign has included upcycling advice, mending tips, and has featured a range of local organisations across Cumbria who can collect your unwanted furniture and electrical items for free and refurbish them to give them a new lease of life whilst providing training and job opportunities for those in need.

To follow the campaigns, find details of local events and for a range of great nappy and composting tips make sure you follow @recycleforcumbria on Facebook and @Recycle4Cumbria on Twitter. For more details of events in your area visit