We're giving away free compost to residents to mark International Compost Awareness Week 2021.
Anyone who lives in Dacorum can come and pick up some free compost from the Cupid Green Depot, Redbourn Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 7BA, on Sunday 16 May between 9am and midday.
The compost will be limited to two bags per vehicle and given away on a first-come, first-served basis - so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. The event may end early if the compost runs out.
This year International Compost Awareness Week has the theme: Grow, Eat, Compost, Repeat, based on the circular movement of the organics recycling process.
Last year, by recycling garden waste including grass cuttings, leaves, twigs, flowers and weeds in their green-lidded bins, Dacorum’s residents diverted over 10,500 tonnes of garden waste from landfill so that it could be recycled into compost instead. Biogen is the company responsible for converting the contents of our green-lidded bins into this nutrient-rich compost. It has provided the compost for the giveaway, meaning it has come full circle back to residents' gardens.
Compost has a range of benefits, such as improving soil quality, growing healthy plants, reducing the use of fertiliser and pesticides and is even an effective method of reducing harmful greenhouse gases.
Peat is a main ingredient of many shop-bought brands of compost. Peatlands store a third of the world’s soil carbon, so when peat bogs are mined for garden compost, carbon dioxide and methane is released into the atmosphere. As the compost in the giveaway has come from residents' green waste, it is peat-free so is much more eco-friendly.
Find out more about home composting.