Composting is the future

Dave McGrath, Blackpool Council's sustainability manager David McGrath with volunteers Ashley Baines (left) and Aaron Cregan (right).
Dave McGrath, Blackpool Council's sustainability manager David McGrath with volunteers Ashley Baines (left) and Aaron Cregan (right).
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IF you want to live a sustainable lifestyle then it’s time to get clued up on composting.

As the country marks Compost Awareness Week, Blackpool Council’s sustainability manager, Dave McGrath, says “compost is the way to go” when it comes to being green.

He said: “You don’t have to have a lot of space to make compost.

“Compost is an all round soil conditioner. It improves your soil because it has got all the different bacteria, it’s good for your plant roots.”

And Mr McGrath, who is based at the Solaris Centre in South Shore, has some top tips about what to include in your compost.

He added: “Egg shells are great for putting a bit of lime in the soil. It improves it for certain plants. If you put grass cuttings in, the key is to mix it with something like cardboard, twigs or dead flower stems.

“Nettles are also good for your compost as they are full of nutrients – but wait until the butterflies have laid their eggs and the caterpillars have hatched and gone before you chop them down.”

To co-incide with the special awareness week, Blackpool Council are offering residents with a buy one bag of compost get one free deal today at the Household Waste and Recycling Centre on Bristol Avenue in Bispham.