A major campaign is being launched to encourage more people in South Yorkshire to help the environment by composting their kitchen and garden waste.
The Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham (BDR) Waste Partnership are organising competitions with prizes to get homes, schools and community groups started. There will be a poster competition for schools and a social media competition for residents.
Plastic compost bins are effective and easy to set up, and available at most DIY stores and online.
Ideally compost bins should be placed on bare soil in a reasonably sunny area. If you have to compost on concrete or hard ground, place a layer of paper and twigs at the bottom to help worms and other creatures colonise the bin and help the composting process.
Feed the compost bin with a 50/50 mixture of brown and green materials. Brown materials include egg shells, cereal and tea packets, egg boxes and scrunched up thin cardboard. Green materials include fruit waste, tea bags, cut flowers, and vegetable peelings.
It takes between nine and 12 months for the compost to become ready for use. Once it is, it can be used extensively in the garden, including flowerbeds, around trees, in patio containers and on fruit and vegetable patches.
Although the waste treatment facility at Manvers diverts 96% of Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham household waste from landfill, composting at home gets more use out of garden waste, saves space in bins and money on fertilisers for the garden.
Community Education Liaison Officer based at Manvers, Rebecca Wilson, said: “It’s a win win situation because it’s beneficial for the environment and your pocket. It builds on our previous successful campaigns, Love Food Hate Waste, and National Recycling Week.”
Infant and junior school children in Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham will have the opportunity to design a poster to promote composting at their school and at home. Six schools will win a compost bin and gardening equipment.
This will be followed by a social media competition for residents of Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham with the chance for participants to win their own compost bin.