Compost Awareness Week 2017

Compost Awareness Week 2017

National Compost Awareness Week (Sunday 7th to Sunday 14th May)

A variety of events and activities are taking place throughout the county to celebrate the magic of composting! It's your chance to find out more about the environmental and financial benefits for those who make and use their own compost, discover alternative composting systems at great prices and to pick up some free soil improver into the bargain!

Composting is nature's way of recycling organic materials to make a nutrient-rich soil improver - to help your garden bloom and your vegetables flourish. You don't have to be green-fingered to feel the benefit. By making use of your garden and organic kitchen waste not only will you be doing your bit to help the environment by making peat-free composts containing recycled material - you will also be diverting this waste from disposal. An average household in Suffolk could divert 150kg of organic waste a year away from disposal by home composting - and significantly more if you use a composting system which deals with cooked food waste as well!

Rob Cole, Suffolk Waste Partnership Manager said:

Compost Awareness Week is a great time to learn about the many benefits of composting at home. It’s the cheapest and most environmentally friendly way to deal with organic waste as it requires no transport or processing. Our events and discounted offers are also a great opportunity to get involved, learn more and discover a range of composting systems that hopefully suit most resident’s needs and budget.

Free Compost Giveaway Events

To celebrate the week and to thank Suffolk residents for supporting green waste recycling services, officers will be giving out free bags of compost, whilst stocks last, to Suffolk residents visiting selected Household Waste Recycling Centres across the county. Green fingered residents will be able to pick up a 25 litre bag of soil improver together with information on home composting and local authority green waste collection services, at the following 7 Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) events:

Bury St Edmunds HWRC, Rougham Hill, IP33 2RW Monday 8th May, 10am – 3pm
Hadleigh HWRC, Crockett Way, Hadleigh, IP7 6RD Monday 8th May, 10am – 3pm
Foxhall HWRC, Foxhall Road, Brightwell, Ipswich, IP10 0HT Monday 8th May, 10am – 3pm
Portman’s Walk HWRC, Ipswich, IP1 2DW Tuesday 9th May,10am - 3pm
Lowestoft HWRC, Hadenham Road, South Lowestoft Industrial Estate, NR33 7NF
Tuesday 9th May,10am - 3pm
Mildenhall HWRC, Off A1065 (1 mile north of 5-ways roundabout) Friday 12th May, 10am - 3pm
Sudbury HWRC, Sandy Lane (C748), Sudbury, CO10 7HG Friday 12th May, 10am - 3pm

Loose soil improver will also be given away for free at 2 further events - you will need to bring along a spade and bags and help yourself:

  • Needham Market Lake, Mill Meadow side Needham Market on Sunday 7th May, 9am to 3pm (or until stocks last)
  • Tesco (car park), Woodhall Business Park, Springlands Way, Sudbury on Sunday 14th May, 10am to 4pm (or until stocks last)

Compost Advice 'Clinics'

There will be a number of 'Compost Clinics' during the week where Suffolk Master Composter volunteers will be 'on call' to show residents how to compost at home and to offer free trouble-shooting advice. Compost advice clinics will be held at:

Endeavour House Atrium (Suffolk County Council), 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BX Monday 8th May, 
11.30 – 2pm
Endeavour House Atrium (Suffolk County Council), 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BX Wednesday 10th May,
11.30 – 2pm
Endeavour House Atrium (Suffolk County Council), 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BX

Friday 12th May,

11.30 - 2pm

South Suffolk Show (Suffolk Recycling stand), Ampton Racecourse, Ingham, Bury St Edmunds (on A134) Sunday 14th May, 
9am – 5pm

Reduced price Compost bins and Accessories!

For those interested in making their own compost for use at home, Compost Awareness Week provides an opportunity to Waste Less and Save More! The Suffolk Waste Partnership is offering a whole range of compost bins and accessories to residents at bargain prices. Standard compost bins are available from as little as £8.99 and these qualify as one of several items in a 'Buy One Get One Half Price' offer.

Even greater subsidies are available to residents who purchase composting systems, designed to also process cooked food waste. Recent studies of waste going to disposal in Suffolk have shown that 21% is either cooked food or organic kitchen waste, that can't usually be home composted. The Suffolk Waste Partnership is offering 5 different types of specialist composting systems or digesters, designed to process this cooked food waste at home - with up to £25 off on selected types

For further details of all the items available to Suffolk households through the offer, and to order, visit or call 0844 571 4444.

May 3rd, 2017