A recycling guru is among the new volunteers for a county network promoting the importance and benefits of composting.
Karen Cannard, a Bury Free Press columnist and creator of The Rubbbish Diet, has joined Suffolk’s Master Composter network, which is celebarting continued expansion after its latest two-day course at Lackford Lakes attracted 14 new volunteers.
Jointly hosted by national gardening charity Garden Organic and Suffolk Waste Partnership, the course featured expert advice on the benefits of home composting, solutions for managing food waste and top tips for gardens large or small.
The new volunteers will join more than 100 ‘Master Composters’ who support public evenets, schools and other organisations which want to help promote the composting message.
Sharing her top tips for home composting, Mrs Cannard said DIY entusiasts can create a home-made bin from scrap wood but if ‘you’re a novice or have a small garden, your best bet is one of the easy to manage plastic compost bins’.
She said it is best to place the bin in a sunny spot to process the compost more quickly and most compost will be ready to use within six to 12 months.
Mrs Cannard added: “Make sure you include a good mix of ‘greens’ (e.g. vegetable peelings, grass clippings, tea bags) and ‘browns’ (e.g. egg cartons, torn-up cardboard, kitchen paper).
“Avoid putting any cooked food in your compost bin.”
Suffolk’s Master Composters will attend South Suffolk Show on May 10.