Rooting for Nature, Composting campaign launches for 2022.

Rooting for Nature, Norfolk County Council’s popular composting campaign is back to encourage more people to switch to composting at home and help reduce and recycle more of their waste.

Cllr Eric Vardy, Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said: “Last year’s campaign was a huge success, with more than 2,800 compost bins sold during the campaign. This is the highest number of bins distributed through the scheme in over ten years. This shows more and more people are keen to get involved in composting to cut waste, help nature and benefit their garden.

“In total over 100,000 compost bins have been bought by Norfolk residents through our council discount schemes for home composting. This amazing collective effort helps save up to 15,041 tonnes of waste per year.  What many people may not realise is that composting also helps reduce CO2 emissions. Instead of having your food and garden waste transported from your home, it goes back into your garden providing nutrients for plants and helps to nurture worms, hedgehogs, birds, woodlice and other wildlife.”

To encourage more residents to get composting, Norfolk County Council has a special offer on compost and bokashi bins. Residents can buy a bin from as little as £10 (220 litre black bin, standard price £22) and there’s also a buy one, get one half price offer.

Cllr Terry Jermy, County Councillor for Thetford West Division, said: “As an avid home-composter myself, with compost bins purchased through the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Thetford, I wholeheartedly support this push to get more people composting. You would be amazed how much you can get into your compost bin and how quickly it reduces down. Eventually it will give you something beneficial to use in your own garden as well. I urge people to give home-composting a go, it’s so easy!”

Master Composter volunteer Pat Brent, said “My favourite thing about composting is the excitement of turning out the bin in the autumn and finding lots of lovely, crumbly, nutrient rich organic matter to use on my garden.  It truly is black gold.” She added “What I would tell a first-time composter? Composting done right, definitely doesn’t smell!”

To mark the campaign launch, the council is also running a big bin giveaway with 50 free compost bins plus free home delivery up for grabs. To register to win a bin, fill in our quick online form. The closing date is 26 May 2022.

Find more information about composting and how to buy a compost bin visit our home composting section.