Compost bins donation helps Llanelli youth and community group garden project
A Llanelli youth and community group garden project is doing blooming well thanks to a donation of two compost bins.
‘Get up and grow @ Bwlch’ is a project for years 8 and 9 pupils in Coedcae school and local community groups to develop a community garden at Bwlch youth centre in Morfa.
The project has been given two compost bins by Carmarthenshire County Council as it continues to transform a previously unused area into a working garden.
Youth and Community co-ordinator Kevin Duggan said: “Recycling is an important part of the growth of our community garden and we’re grateful for the compost bins as they will play an important part of helping the environment.”
The aim of the garden is to encourage young people and the community to make use of the land, to grow vegetables and to supply the local Food Bank with any surplus.
It is also hoped that a food co-operative will be set up.
Now, Carmarthenshire residents are being encouraged to follow their lead and compost at home for themselves during Compost Awareness Week, May 5-11.
The county has strict targets to meet to reduce the amount of waste it sends to landfill and increase its recycling rate.
Executive Board Member for Street Scene Cllr Colin Evans said: “Many people don’t realise how simple it is to home compost or just how much of their household waste can actually be composted; from grass and hedge clippings to vegetable peelings, egg shells, tea bags and shredded cardboard.
“It helps to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and you’ll be left with a rich soil conditioner to help your plants flourish.”
If you don’t have a garden, remember that you can still recycle vegetable peelings, fruit cores, tea bags and egg shells by using your green food bins.
Compost bins can be purchased from the council for just £18 including delivery.
For further information visit www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk/recycling or call Carmarthenshire Direct on 01267 234567.