Composting fun and information to reduce waste

Families and residents from across Hackney are invited to find out more about reducing waste by composting to mark International Compost Awareness Week (3-9 May).

The Council is encouraging residents to think about composting their household waste at home, as well as choosing peat-free composts as part of the drive to reduce waste.

There will be a chance to tour the London Waste Compost Plant in Edmonton on 7 May, to see what happens to the borough’s food waste collected through the Blue Bin scheme and pick up some free compost.

You can also meet the Compost Doctor on 9 May and see worms creating compost in a wormery and discuss recycling issues with the Council’s recycling team.

Councillor Alan Laing, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “This is a great time for people to find out more about being a greener gardener, about reducing waste by composting and doing their bit to help make Hackney a cleaner, greener place.”

Composting not only reduces your waste bin, it also produces a free fertiliser and soil improver which can be used on flower beds, plots, and window boxes. Even if you only have a patio, you still can play your part in helping the environment by using a wormery

Around 3,000 Hackney households have already seen the benefits that home composting can bring. For more details about how you can get a subsidised compost bins or a wormery, visit the Council’s website:


Thursday 7 May, 10 - 11.45am - Open day at the LondonWaste Compost Plant, Edmonton. Each visitor will be eligible for a free 30 litre bag of compost and a giveaway bag. Free, booking essential - to book a place for you and your friends call Ander on 020 8356 3806 or email:

Saturday 9 May, 11am - 3pm - Compost Doctor, at Clissold Park. Discuss compost and recycling issues in Hackney and pick up free compost. Younger visitors can enjoy a bouncy castle and free face painting.