Garden waste collection service reminders go out

Thousands of Somerset residents are being prompted to start their gardening year with a reminder from their district council to renew their paid garden waste collection.

Fortnightly kerbside pick-ups in bins or compostable paper sacks are good value when compared to the cost and time of taking it by car to a recycling site.

The garden waste bin or sack can be used to recycle flowers, plants and weeds with grass cuttings, leaves and hedge trimmings, as well as branches up to 10cm wide.

The garden waste service also accepts straw or sawdust if used as bedding from vegetarian pets, such as rabbits, but not soil or food waste.

After being shredded and rotting down in massive windrows, Somerset’s composted garden waste is sold as the Revive soil improver from every recycling site.

For garden waste collection details, contact your district council customer services, or click the links here.

Of course, garden waste can be composted at home with fruit and veg peelings, egg shells, tea bags, coffee grounds, and some shredded paper or cardboard.

And Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) has special offers for composting bins and hints on home composting.

It also has advice about the invasive weeds Japanese Knotweed and Common Ragwort, and information on Chalara dieback of ash trees.

SWP backs the Compost Champions scheme run by Carymoor Environmental Trust that sees volunteers across Somerset offer tips for better composting.

Experienced composters are being urged to join the Compost Champions, with two separate one-day free training courses on offer in April.

The two courses are on Saturday 23 April at Hestercombe House, near Taunton, and Saturday 30 April at Carymoor Environmental Centre near Castle Cary.

For more details of these courses or to book a place, email rupert.farthing@carymoor.org.uk or call 01963 350143.