Compost awareness and fun in the park

Residents who like the idea of growing their own fruit and vegetables can get a head start during Compost Awareness Week.

As part of the week, which is held from 2 to 8 May, Hackney residents can attend the Council’s free ‘Dr Compost’ event on 8 May in Haggerston Park, from 11am to 3pm, where free compost will be on offer.

Experts will be on hand to answer composting queries, and there will also be a working wormery, activities for children, a seeds and seedling swap, tree sculpture exhibition, Haggerston Park History room, plus Hackney City Farm’s ecobike.

In addition, on 7 May, London Waste Limited will be offering residents a tour of its recycling plant the ‘Ecopark’ in Edmonton, where Hackney’s food and garden waste is composted. There will be opportunities to join a tour at either 10am or 2pm, after which visitors can take part in other activities.

Blue and brown bin users who have ever wondered how grass cuttings and kitchen scraps are transformed into high quality compost will get a chance to learn how the process works, from start to finish.

Steve Douglas, Corporate Director for Neighbourhoods and Regeneration, said: “This is a fun way for people to find out more about reducing waste by composting. They can see how their tea bags and potato peelings turn from leftovers into rich compost, and how they can do their bit to help make Hackney a cleaner, greener place.”

Hackney resident Judith Binns, who attended the event last year, said: “I found the event very informative, and I learnt so much more about the whole process of food waste recycling.”

Events for Compost Awareness Week:

- Friday 7 May, 10am and 2pm - open day tours at London Waste Limited, Ecopark, Advent Way, Edmonton, N18. Booking is essential, call Deanna or Roz on: 020 8884 5529 or e-mail:

- Saturday 8 May, 11am to 3pm - Dr Compost at Haggerston Park, E2. Discuss compost and recycling issues and pick up free compost. Younger visitors can enjoy free activities too. Free parking for compost loading available at far end of Yorkton Street, as well as bike rail for cyclists.

For more information about waste prevention in Hackney call 020 8356 6688 or visit the Council’s website: