Press Release 1 May 2015

Residents in County Durham are being urged to turn household waste into food for their garden by making compost.

Durham County CouncilDurham County Council is backing International Compost Awareness Week (May 4 – May 10) by encouraging householders to get composting.

Turning organic waste into compost not only produces a nutritious food for the garden, it also reduces the amount of household waste that ends up in the bin.

Rachel Gatland, waste strategy and policy officer at Durham County Council, said: “More than 30 per cent of the average household’s waste can be composted and, although many are already doing it, we want more people to get involved.”

To help make it easier for people to get started Durham County Council is working with to offer County Durham residents a discount on the price of selected compost bins.

Residents can get a compost bin from £17.98 and, through a buy one get one half price offer, they can purchase a second bin from £8.99. A £5.99 delivery charge will also apply.

For more details people can visit or call 0844 571 4444.

People can find out more about how to make compost by going along to Durham Market Place between 9am and 1pm on Saturday 9 May.