Council in compost bid

Compost mentis: Aberdeenshire Council hopes that increased home composting could reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.'Picture submitted.
Compost mentis: Aberdeenshire Council hopes that increased home composting could reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.'Picture submitted.

Aberdeenshire Council has announced that it is to offer substantial discounts on home composting bins, in an effort to help residents recycle more of their household waste.

The move follows an earlier announcement by the council that it plans to get tough with households which produce more than their fair share of waste. From September 5, the council will limit householders to one wheeled-bin each fortnight, with no waste outside the bin being collected.

The council is encouraging people to recycle more to help achieve higher recycling rates as well as budget savings. With a recycling rate of 33% for 2010/11, Aberdeenshire Council has some way to go in order to meet the Scottish Government recycling target of 70% by 2025.

Officials hope that increased home composting could quickly reduce the amount of waste households may still be putting into landfill through their general waste collection.

An 800-litre capacity composter can be bought from the council for just £35, while a 320-litre capacity bin is just £20. Wasteline is now able to take orders and payment by phone for the bins, which have manufacturer’s recommended retail prices of £124 and £67 respectively. There is a limit of two bins per household and they are delivered flat-packed within 28 days and with full assembly instructions.

Home composting bins can help keep food waste such as eggshells, coffee grounds and fruit peelings out of landfill, as well as bulkier garden waste such as hedge trimmings, leaves, sawdust, grass-cuttings flowers, plants and weeds. Shredded cardboard and shredded paper can also be composted, as can confidential shredded waste, which very quickly becomes unrecognisable.

The resulting compost not only provides a free soil improver, it also gives an excellent food source for plants and reduces the amount of chemical fertiliser put on land.

Residents in Aberdeenshire can also claim extra black and blue recycling containers free of charge from collection crews or by calling WasteLine on 0845 600 3 900. Free blue-lidded paper bins are also available for rural residents.