Compost give-away will boost recycling

Mayor Cllr Billy Ashe is pictured collecting compost with Elaine Smith, Environmental Services Manager Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. (Submitted Picture).
Mayor Cllr Billy Ashe is pictured collecting compost with Elaine Smith, Environmental Services Manager Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. (Submitted Picture).

Free bagged compost will be on offer to local residents next month at civic recycling centres in Ballymena and the wider borough.

Mid and East Antrim Mayor Councillor Billy Ashe is playing his part in encouraging more people to realise the benefits of composting, not only for gardening, but also for the whole community by boosting the local authority’s recycling efforts.

He said: “This high quality product – known as ‘Rosey-lea’ - is made from organic materials that come exclusively from householders’ brown bins is suitable for a wide range of garden uses.

“This not only aids gardening activities this spring, but also diverts waste from landfill, reduces harmful gases entering the environment and saves the ratepayer money as composting is a much cheaper option than landfill.

“Everyone is already able to get involved, either through their own home composting or with the composting of food and garden waste via the Council’s own Brown Bin scheme and I want to underline the importance of this ‘green approach’ to waste,” said Councillor Ashe.

Mid and East Antrim’s First Citizen is urging everyone to take advantage of the borough’s free compost giveaway during the week May 1-7 which is designated International Compost Awareness Week.

Free bags of composts are available to collect during that week – or as long as stocks last - at Household Recycling Centres in Ballymena’s Waveney Road, Larne’s Redland’s Recycling Centre, Larne South Recycling Centre and at Glenarm’s Recycling Centre.

All the compost has been produced by the composting of food and garden waste via the Council’s own Brown Bin scheme.