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Free compost and compost bins Sat 9th May (Guildford Council residents only)

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I know its only relevant to Guildford Residents - non guildfordians might want to check your local council';s websites - I'm sure there must be other councils doing similar things across the country a… Read More
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8y, 1m agoFound 8 years, 1 month ago
I know its only relevant to Guildford Residents - non guildfordians might want to check your local council';s websites - I'm sure there must be other councils doing similar things across the country at this time of year.

Date/Time: Saturday 9 May 2009 - 11am to 2pm
Location: Burchatts Farm Barn, London Road, Guildford, GU1 1TU

Free compost and compost bins available to Guildford Borough residents while stocks last!

I went last year and got a free compost bin plus a free bag of compost. Had to queue for about 45 minutes though - so get there early if you are interested.

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Probably the biggest composting event in the country! Compost Heaven offers expert advice and demonstrations of composting and wormeries. You can get your secateurs sharpened for free, make a willow tepee for your beans and recycle hand tools. See the bee-keeping, solar energy and wood fuels demos and visit Fairtrade food and craft stall.

There's loads of free nature crafts for children, a fantastic band and juggler and even free homemade cake!

The Grow Your Own schools competition entries will be judged on the day. You'll be inspired by what you could grow in an old wellie!

The Royal Horticultural Society, Friends of the Earth, Guildford Environmental Forum, Surrey Wildlife Trust and Dr Energy will all be there. Compost Heaven is the most fun you can have being green this year!
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#1
Always a good idea, get one if you can!
#2
I'm thinking that you are actually paying for these through council tax. Not exactly a freebie unless they are giving one to every person regardless of age, residency etc.
#3
still good though...heat added :-D
#4
StevenA2000_uk
I'm thinking that you are actually paying for these through council tax. Not exactly a freebie unless they are giving one to every person regardless of age, residency etc.


I suppose the stock council answer would be that by composting at home you are saving the council having to come around and collect your garden waste, so it should save on your council tax. They can't give them away to all and sundry, people in flats obviously can't use them and even those with gardens may not find the time to compost themselves - so that would be a waste in itself. The event is more about raising awareness.

Personally I compost to save myself money, I've got 3 of these black dalek type bins, a couple of green gones (to compost kitchen waste -meat, cooked veg etc) and a bigger homemade bin. So I don't have to buy in lots of exepnsive compost for my veg garden.
#5
JWK
I suppose the stock council answer would be that by composting at home you are saving the council having to come around and collect your garden waste, so it should save on your council tax. They can't give them away to all and sundry, people in flats obviously can't use them and even those with gardens may not find the time to compost themselves - so that would be a waste in itself. The event is more about raising awareness.

Personally I compost to save myself money, I've got 3 of these black dalek type bins, a couple of green gones (to compost kitchen waste -meat, cooked veg etc) and a bigger homemade bin. So I don't have to buy in lots of exepnsive compost for my veg garden.


It is the cheap answer for the council, a way of decreasing their waste BMW (Biodegradable Municipal Waste) without having centralised composting sites like a large number of waste authorities are doing.
#6
JWK
I suppose the stock council answer would be that by composting at home you are saving the council having to come around and collect your garden waste, so it should save on your council tax. They can't give them away to all and sundry, people in flats obviously can't use them and even those with gardens may not find the time to compost themselves - so that would be a waste in itself. The event is more about raising awareness.

Personally I compost to save myself money, I've got 3 of these black dalek type bins, a couple of green gones (to compost kitchen waste -meat, cooked veg etc) and a bigger homemade bin. So I don't have to buy in lots of exepnsive compost for my veg garden.


If its to raise awareness then fair play. :)
#7
pghstochaj
It is the cheap answer for the council, a way of decreasing their waste BMW (Biodegradable Municipal Waste) without having centralised composting sites like a large number of waste authorities are doing.


I don't like or trust any centralised composting systems - there is little control over what goes in or the quality of the output. It obvioulsy costs a fair bit more in fuel to collect everyones waste and then what? Sell it back to the same people that want to use it? Hmmm - its much better to encourage people to just do it for themselves.
#8
JWK
I don't like or trust any centralised composting systems - there is little control over what goes in or the quality of the output. It obvioulsy costs a fair bit more in fuel to collect everyones waste and then what? Sell it back to the same people that want to use it? Hmmm - its much better to encourage people to just do it for themselves.


Well my personal view is that composting works on a micro scale but not macro scale, but BMW diversion targets exist and it is therefore necessary.

However, you are completely wrong about control over what goes in and the quality of the output. 10 years ago maybe, but PAS 100 changed all that. You must remember that the large users of compost are not the general public and hence why large scale composting is actually important.
#9
Seems like a win win situation to me :thumbsup:
#10
pghstochaj
Well my personal view is that composting works on a micro scale but not macro scale, but BMW diversion targets exist and it is therefore necessary.

However, you are completely wrong about control over what goes in and the quality of the output. 10 years ago maybe, but PAS 100 changed all that. You must remember that the large users of compost are not the general public and hence why large scale composting is actually important.


Having been one of the many unfortunate people to have been sold 'Organic' compost last year that was actually contaminated by the new persistant weekiller 'Forefront' I think I know what I'm talking about. My veg patch was wiped out, it wasn't just us home growers and allotment folk, many commercial growers had complete crop failures. The large scale composters were taken completely unware by this fiasco and had no no safeguards in place - regardless of their certification processes.

We have managed to get this one particular weedkiller banned, but its only a temporary ban. Due to its persistant nature there could be problems this year in exactly the same way.

Produce your own compost, at least you know what has gone in there, thats my motto now.
#11
A good find indeed!
#12
JWK
Having been one of the many unfortunate people to have been sold 'Organic' compost last year that was actually contaminated by the new persistant weekiller 'Forefront' I think I know what I'm talking about. My veg patch was wiped out, it wasn't just us home growers and allotment folk, many commercial growers had complete crop failures. The large scale composters were taken completely unware by this fiasco and had no no safeguards in place - regardless of their certification processes.

We have managed to get this one particular weedkiller banned, but its only a temporary ban. Due to its persistant nature there could be problems this year in exactly the same way.

Produce your own compost, at least you know what has gone in there, thats my motto now.


I think you're confusing one specific example you have been through and the industrial processing of composting to PAS100 standards. There's a slight difference between getting caught out by low quality compost and what goes on with PAS100, but who am I to believe...
#13
pghstochaj
I think you're confusing one specific example you have been through and the industrial processing of composting to PAS100 standards. There's a slight difference between getting caught out by low quality compost and what goes on with PAS100, but who am I to believe...


Low quality compost! :-(

Hmmm - you've obviously not been keeping up with the news.

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