How to... go green with your garden waste

We are very excited that interest in local food growing and gardening is on the rise in Merton! This is a great way to help the planet and has been shown to have mental and physical health benefits. But how do you sustainably deal with your garden waste? Sustainable Merton Community Champions Sophie and Luca have put together these useful suggestions...

Composting at home

The most environmentally friendly way to dispose of your green waste would be to compost it. If you have space in your garden then setting up a compost bin is an easy way to use your green waste and you can include a lot of your food waste in there too. Overall, composting can save you money, improve the soil quality of your garden, and reduce your environmental impact.

Did you know... composting at home for just one year can save global warming gases equivalent to all the CO2 your kettle produces annually?

Setting up a compost bin is easy and relatively cheap to get started. You can make your own out of wood if you are particularly handy. Once you have your bin it is easy to get going and there are plenty of easy to follow instructions available in gardening books or on the web: this guide from Recycle Now is particularly comprehensive, a great start to your composting journey.

Donate your compost for local use

Phipps Bridge Community Garden

If you don’t have space for a compost bin yourself, you can look into donating your garden