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Composting Call Following Food Waste Collection Change

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FROM GREEN TO GOLD – Composting may hold the key for households affected by changes to the collection of food waste.
Published Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Composting may hold the key for Ribble Valley householders following changes to the kerbside collection of food waste.

From this Friday (1 July) food waste will be collected in burgundy instead of green wheeled bins following the mothballing of waste treatment facilities at the Farington Waste Technology Park by Lancashire County Council.

Stickers have now been placed on green wheeled bins throughout the borough outlining the changes.

From Friday, 1 July:

  • Only grass and hedge cuttings, leaves, prunings, weeds, flowers, Christmas trees, straw and sawdust can be placed in green wheeled bins
  • Food, fruit and vegetables peelings or fruit and vegetable cuttings from gardens cannot be placed in green wheeled bins. These should either composted or placed in burgundy wheeled bins

These changes affect households across Lancashire, not just Ribble Valley.

Robert Thompson, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s community services committee, said: “We know that many of our residents are keen recyclers and composting is nature’s way of recycling.

“Thankfully, much food waste affected by these changes can be placed in a home compost bin to produce compost for gardens.

“I would like to assure householders that the changes to green waste collections will not affect recycling services provided by Ribble Valley Borough Council and paper and cardboard, glass, cans and plastic, will continue to be collected as normal.”

Compost is a mixture of organic matter that has decayed or been digested by organisms to improve soil structure and provide nutrients. 

Compost bins are widely available and further details are available at

Composting facts:

  1. Gardening is not the art of cultivating good plants, but of cultivating good soil
  2. There are more micro-organisms in a teaspoonful of healthy soil than there are humans on the planet 
  3. Composting cleans contaminated soil by absorbing odors, treating volatile organic compounds and preventing heavy metals from entering waterways or being absorbed into plants
  4. To make compost you need an mix of ‘green’ items (foodstuffs, fruit and vegetable peelings, or grass) and ‘brown’ items (dead leaves, twigs, paper, or egg shells)
  5. Compost is made by ‘heaters’ (bacteria and fungi), who break down softer food, and ‘chompers’ (worms, beetles and woodlice), who eat the tougher material

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