Residents bag tonnes of free compost

Ten tonnes of pre-bagged compost were given away free of charge in just two hours on Sunday (14 May). Keen gardeners from across the borough queued at our giveaway event, which was to celebrate Compost Awareness Week.

Around 165 cars came to collect their compost at Cupid Green Depot in Hemel Hempstead between 9am and 11am, with many residents saying how excited they were to take their bags home and get started on their gardening projects.

Craig Thorpe, Environmental Services Group Manager, said: “This popular event is our chance to show residents that the garden waste collected in their green-lidded bins is turned into a quality, nutrient-rich compost, ready to be used again in their gardens. This is a prime example of recycling at its finest. I hope that the event has helped to encourage more people to start composting either at home or by placing their garden waste in their green-lidded bins.”

The compost was provided by D Williams and Co, the company responsible for turning the contents of the green-lidded bins into compost. Members of our Community Payback team were on hand to help load the compost bags into residents' cars. 

Using fruit and vegetable peelings and garden waste, you can create nutrient-rich compost in your own garden, using a home compost bin. We partner with GetComposting, who offer a range of compost bins at low prices for Dacorum residents.

For more information about the latest offers on home composting bins, visit our home composting page. And find out more about recycling your household waste on our bins page.