7 million tonnes of food and drink goes in the bin. Cutting out food waste create the same reduction in carbon emissions as taking 1 in 4 cars off the road. WRAP

83per cent of sofas are not re-used. Just doubling the number of sofas re-used, could save 52,000 tonnes of CO2 WRAP

Between 25-40% of UK fruit and vegetable crops are rejected by supermarkets and end up in landfill. Tristram Stuart

Between 2012 and 2020 an estimated £7 billion of precious metal will be sent to landfill in the UK’s electronic waste WRAP

12 billion pounds worth of useable food is wasted in the UK - or about 20 million tonnes. Meanwhile 4 million people in the UK suffer from malnutrition. Tristram Stuart

Nearly 25 per cent of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) that's taken to landfill could be reused , worth around £200m gross a year. WRAP

The average family throws away £50 of good food every month WRAP

 

Learn how to start a simple compost system

Compost from food waste going to the allotments at Presteigne

Composting at home is a brilliant way to reduce landfill waste. It saves you money too because you no longer need to buy bags of compost from the garden centre.

Composting helps you to be self sufficient and is literally a way to turn your trash into treasure!

It’s easy to compost as long as you follow a few basic rules.

Many people believe you thrown some grass clippings and vegetable peelings in a corner of the garden and you’ll end up with compost. What you’ll end up with is a slimy mess that attracts fruit flies and wasps.

The most important thing to remember is that the ingredients need to be equal quantities by volume (not weight) of ‘greens’ (vegetable peelings, grass clippings) and ‘browns’ (shredded cardboard and paper).

You don’t need a fancy compost bin, in fact the plastic ‘dalek’ types are notoriously difficult to handle because you can’t get in to turn the compost well; so grab yourself some pallets from Freecycle, fix them together in a square and use that instead.

All you need to do is start layering your materials – some twigs on the bottom to allow air to circulate, a spadeful of good soil or old compost, then a layer of greens, followed by a layer of browns.

And that’s it!

Give it a stir with a fork every time you add new ingredients and within a few weeks (or months if it’s winter time) you’ll have your very own compost.

For more details check out “Beginners guide to compost“.

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