Birmingham council could support people to set up home composting, or support groups to run a scheme for their road or block of flats. Where that's not possible, they could run a compost collection service. Other councils, such as Brent Council, already run these collections, where local residents are provided with a caddy in which to collect organic kitchen waste, which is then collected with the rest of the recycling. Up to a third of waste in people's bins is kitchen waste that could be composted, such as vegetable peelings, salad that's gone off and so on. This could increase recycling and cut down on waste that goes to landfill.

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Up to a third of the waste in people's bins is kitchen waste that could be composted, such as vegetables peelings, food that has gone off and so on. We could increase recycling and cut down on the waste going to landfill.

by Composter on October 22, 2015 at 09:54AM

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  • Posted by John November 07, 2015 at 18:43

    The council already pays for collection of kitchen waste from every home in Birmingham, but this is useless because mixed with plastic etc. in the black bin/bag. Keeping it separate and composting returns fertility to the soil. Feeding the soil is needed if we want to feed people in the long term. Birmingham should be using its composted waste in the city and exporting it to surrounding fields. Burning organics in the incinerator, as at present, is robbing the soil (and polluting the air).
  • Posted by Kam November 10, 2015 at 21:40

    I think this is a great idea.

    Some other suggests as means to increase composting are:
    - offer subsidised compost bins to those who want to compost but cannot or will not buy a compost bin.
    - support local
    organisations (e.g. schools or charities), who have the space, to set up composting facilities on there grounds. These facilities could be offered to local people and, once ready, the compost shared/redistributed within the community.
  • Posted by howardthegardener November 13, 2015 at 09:19

    We need community composting to save the pollution that must out way the environmental benefits of composting. We could give simple clear advice to small local groups to make and use their own compost. I make all my own compost possible, take other peoples clean green waste and collect leaves to improve my soil structure, fertility and in turn produce my own food organically. The Link-a-abord bins make from recycled uvpc which is not allowed in landfill requires no maintenance unlike time bins that degrade and rot and need treating and makes good compost in around 16 weeks depending on temperatures. Know Councillor Tricket is interested in this idea and hope to be setting up a more advanced bin in a greenhouse to establish if it is feasible to heat a greenhouse with green waste, early experiments clear show this is possible giving the right ingredients.
  • Posted by bolderepaul November 16, 2015 at 12:44

    Composting could be set up free of charge for communities instead of the garden tax. This should be encouraged and should include both garden waste and food waste.
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