Residents can avail of free home compost

9th May 2019

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is making free compost available at a number of its recycling centres on Saturday 11 May 2019 as part of International Compost Awareness Week (5 – 11 May 2019).

The Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Howard Thornton, speaking about the compost giveaway, said:

“The Council is encouraging residents to rethink waste and improve their gardens in a sustainable way by making use of their brown compost bin or separate food waste caddy.

“Compost produces a natural soil enhancer, preventing garden waste being sent to landfill which is both environmentally and economically detrimental. Closing the loop through composting our biodegradeable waste and returning nutrients to the soil has extremely important benefits for the sustainability of our planet and food supply.”

International Compost Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of the benefits of using compost to improve or maintain high quality soil, to grow healthy plants, reduce the use of fertiliser and pesticides, improve water quality and protect the environment.

In support of this, free home compost will be available at the Council’s recycling centres on Saturday 11 May 2019 at Gortrush, Omagh and Drummee, Enniskillen from 9am, and Belleek; Irvinestown; Kesh; Lisnaskea; and Newtownbutler from 10am and Carrickmore, Dromore and Fintona from 11am – while stocks last.

This compost is produced by the processing of the waste collected from brown bins and garden waste gathered from the Council’s recycling centres. This material is processed by Natural World Products and Enviro Grind.

The food waste regulations place restrictions on food waste to landfill. If you currently receive a brown bin or separate food waste collection, food waste is no longer acceptable in your black or green landfill bin.

Separate food waste collections will be extended in May and June 2019 to households that currently receive no food waste collection across the Fermanagh and Omagh District. Garden and food waste collected in brown compost bins and garden waste brought to local recycling centres is turned into valuable compost. Separately collected food waste is taken to an anaerobic digester where it creates renewable energy.

For further information on what you can reduce, reuse and recycle, please log on to the Council’s website www.fermanaghomagh.com or download the Council’s Bin-ovation app.

Alternatively contact Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Recycling Officer, Anthea Owens by telephone on 0300 303 1777 (all calls charged at local rate), text phone 028 8225 6216 or by email anthea.owens@fermanaghomagh.com.