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County Durham residents urged to get composting
RESIDENTS in County Durham are being urged to get composting and make the most of falling autumn leaves.
Durham County Council is currently promoting home compost bins across County Durham to encourage people to recycle their garden waste.
Vicky Bell, waste strategy and policy officer at Durham County Council, said: “At this time of year people are thinking about tidying up the garden but instead of making bonfires from garden waste which pollute the atmosphere, a much more environmentally-friendly way to dispose of this waste is to compost it at home.
“The secret to great compost is having a good range of ingredients, and in addition to garden waste, you can also mix in other materials such as coffee grounds, tissues, paper napkins, cardboard and vacuum cleaner dust.”
The council is also suggesting people make leaf moulds from the fallen leaves which can be used in place of peat as potting compost for container plants.
A leaf mould can be made by putting the excess leaves into a bin bag, making a few holes in it, and leaving it in a secluded spot to rot down.
To order a compost bin or for more information, contact 0844-5714444 or visit getcomposting.com.
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