Council leader commits to environmentally friendly ways with new composter

Planning and Environment
15:50, Friday, 10th July 2020

North Lincolnshire Council Leader, Cllr Rob Waltham receives composter after handing back his brown bin to reduce his carbon footprint.

Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“We have seen more and more residents composting their garden and organic household waste in recent weeks, which is making a big difference to our carbon footprint.

“Residents can choose to swap their brown bin for a composter free of charge to support their environmentally friendly ways.

“For the sake of our younger generations we need to consider our impact on the future of the planet. I have taken the decision to hand back my brown bin and to compost more of my household and garden waste at home. I know that more and more families with children are becoming environmentally aware and composting at home could in part help contribute towards a more stable future for these young people, which is why I am prepared to make this change.”

The council launched the new scheme, ‘Grow, don’t throw’ in May, which gives residents the opportunity to exchange their brown bin with a new free home composter to help those who want to do more for the environment.

The composter can be used to manage garden and organic household waste, rather than throwing away food waste.

Home composting not only enables people to have more choice over how to manage waste, but is more sustainable and better for the environment. Composting at home for just one year can save global warming gases equivalent to all the CO2 a kettle produces in a year or that which a washing machine produces in three months.

It is simple to do and a lot of daily household waste can be recycled.  This includes shredded paper and torn cardboard to fallen leaves, raw fruit and vegetables, used tea bags and grass cuttings.

If you have a garden, you could recycle your household and garden waste into compost rather than throwing it away, transforming it into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your plants, which is inexpensive and easy to make.

Free home composters on offer will be 220 litres or 330 litres, so people can choose what the best option for their garden would be.  A ten litre bag of compost can cost between £3 and £4 so you could save up to £115 on average by making your own using one of the 330 litre bins.

You can find lots more information on getting started at the home composting page on the North Lincolnshire Council website, including other key ingredients and top tips.

Anyone who wants to register for a free composter can complete the online form​. Further details on composting at home can be found on the home composting page.