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Window into the world of home composting

Worcestershire County Council's Waste Prevention Team have given shoppers in Redditch's Kingfisher Shopping Centre a window into the world of home composting this week, by creating an indoor garden within an empty shop's window.

Working in partnership with the Kingfisher Shopping Centre the council's Waste Prevention Team created this unique display to spruce up a shop window and give passers-by a chance to see for themselves the benefits of home composting and also find out how they too can take advantage of the council's discounted compost bin offers on-line, by post or over the phone.

The window also features a selection of accessories to aid in composting. A compost caddy can be very convenient to keep next to your waste bin or under the sink. By using a caddy you won't have to visit your compost bin every time you have some kitchen peelings. A compost sieve helps remove some of the larger piece of material from your finished compost. This is particularly useful when using compost as a potting mix or lawn dressing. 

Passers-by can also see how they can reduce the amount of waste they produce, which otherwise ends up going to landfill, while at the same time making use of the excellent compost in their gardens. 

The display is located within the Kingfisher Shopping Centre, Redditch, opposite Bonmarche, on Evesham Walk.

Cllr Anthony Blagg, Worcestershire County Council's cabinet member for Environment and Waste Management said:  "This display is something new and interesting to look at while people are shopping and working in Redditch.  We hope it will help them reduce the amount of waste they produce and encourage them to make use of the compost bin offer."

“It is a winning formula to get these units re-let by showing them in their best light. The aim of the project ultimately is to advise on waste prevention but also to attract new businesses to take up the empty units, together improving the overall appearance of the Town Centre.”

The team will also be hosting a compost road show on Monday 19 March where local volunteer Master Composters will be on hand to give advice and answer any composting queries.

The road show will be located within the Kingfisher Shopping Centre, Redditch, opposite Primark, in Evesham Square.

Christopher Atkinson, Senior Waste Prevention Officer said: "Spring is a great time to start composting, as it ties in nicely with the start of the gardening season. Composting works much faster in the warmer weather, so you can see the contents breaking down more rapidly. Our Master Composters volunteers have been home composting for many years and have picked up many tips and tricks which they are keen to share with any interested gardeners".

The Waste Prevention Team are keen to create more eye catching window displays across Herefordshire and Worcestershire and would like to hear about any vacant shops they can spruce up.

Residents of Herefordshire and Worcestershire can still buy a compost bin from as little as £13 (including delivery) and the current offer allows residents to also get a second bin for half the price.* (*Offer only applies when two compost bins of the same capacity and colour are purchased) by calling 0844 571 4444 or by visiting 

For further information on Waste Prevention visit or call 01905 766883.

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This page was last reviewed 14 March 2012 at 14:53.
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