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Gillingham resident wins home composting competition

Date: 18/07/2008           Category: Waste and Recycling

A Gillingham resident has been announced as Medway Council’s lucky winner of the Recycle Now Home Composting Golden Bin competition. Robin Ling ordered a compost bin as part of Compost Awareness Week celebrations in May and is now the lucky winner of £50 of garden centre vouchers, donated by DHL, the logistics company that delivers compost bins for the Recycle Now Compost at Home Campaign. The new compost bin, complete with giant gold bow, was delivered to Mr Ling’s home in Jeffrey Street, by the council’s composting expert Matt Feekings. Waste Minimisation Officer Matt Feekings said: “Mr Ling will now be able to recycle up to one third of his household waste, including both kitchen and garden waste and ‘brown’ waste like toilet roll tubes and egg boxes, by composting at home. Not only will his free, home-made compost keep the garden in bloom, but Mr Ling will also be reducing the amount of methane – a dangerous climate change gas – that is released into the atmosphere when waste decomposes in landfill.” Mr Ling was delighted with his prize. He said: “I was surprised to win because I didn’t know it was Compost Awareness Week. “My dad used to have a home compost bin when I was younger, so I had always intended to make my own compost one day. “I am now filing it with grass cuttings and vegetable peelings and can’t wait to start making my own compost.” He said he will spend his gift vouchers on garden ornaments and gravel for his patio area. Those who missed out on this year’s Compost Awareness Week can buy compost bins by calling 0845 077 0757 or visiting www.recyclenow.com/compost