• Handpicked Harrogate

Help your Garden... Help the Planet

At this time of year the lawn is growing like mad, along with the weeds. Wouldn't it be good if you could do something with your garden and kitchen waste other than sending it to landfill? Well, Harrogate Borough Council have a way to help you out.

The Home composting scheme is an easy way to reduce your household waste and produce compost for free. Saving you a trip to the garden centre, reducing the amount you need to cram into your bin, and helping the environment.

More than 60 per cent of the contents of the average rubbish bin is biodegradable and over a third can be easily composted at home. This includes fruit and vegetable peelings, garden waste, tea bags, coffee grounds, cardboard and paper.

For lots of great ideas and advice about how to make compost and how to use it in your garden, please visit www.northyorks.gov.uk/composting. There is even a handy little video too.

Composting your own waste at home means less is taken to landfill, lowering pollution from vehicles transporting waste.

If you would like to take advantage of the scheme, you can find details on how to purchase a low-cost compost bin here.

You can also get help and advice with composting from North Yorkshire's volunteer team of master composters, called the Rotters. If you would like to know more about composting or are experiencing problems, please contact them on 01609 797212.