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It's International Compost Awareness Week - take a trip to your local Household Waste Recycling Site

Posted on 9 May 2014

Viridor is reminding residents with gardens to bring their garden waste in to one of West Sussex County Council’s 11 Household Waste Recycling sites (HWRSs) this week for composting as part of ‘International Compost Awareness Week’ (5th - 11th May).

Garden waste such as shrub prunings, branches, grass cuttings, leaves, weeds and anything else residents don’t have the room to compost at home are all accepted free of charge at the 11 HWRSs in partnership with West Sussex County Council.  Viridor staff will be available to help people unsure of what or where to recycle their other items.

The HWRSs are open from 8am to 7pm weekdays and from 9pm to 7pm on weekends (except Midhurst which operates 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Saturday only) to help West Sussex residents recycle unwanted items and garden waste is no exception.

Jen Hake Viridor’s Education and Customer Relations Manager commented “It is important to us that garden waste gets composted rather than mixed with people’s rubbish. All garden waste deposited at West Sussex HWRSs is composted in the county by one of Viridor’s specialist compost partners, Olus Composting and the Woodhorn Group.”

The end result is a brand new product called ‘Reclaim’ which is a great soil conditioner and is ideal for use in gardens and other horticultural uses and is available for sale at most HWRSs for £4 per 40 litre bag or 3 bags for £10.

29,023 tonnes of garden waste was received across West Sussex’s HWRSs and composted last year and made into ‘Reclaim’ soil conditioner which has been awarded the quality standard PAS 100.

Last year, by taking their garden waste to the HWRSs, residents helped contribute to a 42.6% recycling rate for West Sussex.