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Photo:Compost ready for use

Compost ready for use

Community composting in North Laine, Autumn 2012

By Paley O'Connor, North Laine resident

It seems like a long time ago now that I picked up a leaflet explaining that it was now possible to start composting in the community. It took six months to get the first scheme off the ground in the North Laine, but we got it up and running and now there are 14 community composting schemes in Brighton & Hove! With 207 households contributing 23.30 tonnes of food waste, that’s the equivalent of 1.67 double decker buses not going into landfill.

Our first compost harvest

We have just had our first compost harvest. After residents took what they wanted, 150 litres went to the Harvest Demonstration Garden at Preston Park and 200 litres went to Middle Street School Gardening Club.

Administration taken over by Brighton & Hove Food Partnership

Jo Glazebrook of the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership has now taken over the administration of our scheme (thank you, Jo!). She has supplied these brilliant statistics: there are 66 households participating in the North Laine area now and we are between us turning 5.7 tonnes of fruit and vegetable peelings into wonderful compost.

New sites being set up

There are another six sites being set up at the moment and anyone wishing to join a scheme can contact Jo at jo@bhfood.org.uk .

I think we can pat ourselves on the back!


[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 219, November/December 2012]

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