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Times are changing

From Sunday 28th October all of our household Recycling Centres changed to the new winter opening times which will are 10am - 4pm.
In addition all sites will be closed one day per week throughout the year.
Find out more here

Hempsted Household Recycling Centre

Hempsted Household Recycling Centre (HRC) near Gloucester will close from 3 December to 21 December for an upgrade. The site will reopen at 10am on Saturday 22nd December. All other sites will be open as normal.

For more information visit here.

Composting in schools

composting in schoolsWhy should I compost?

Composting at school is a fun way to learn about nature while also reducing the amount of organic waste that your school produces. An added bonus is that you can actually get to see the end result of your efforts - the finished compost can be used to beautify your school's grounds.

Good compost depends on a variety of ingredients to make the right mix.

To get healthy compost and avoid a slimy mess infested with fruit flies you need to add 'brown' materials (torn up cardboard boxes, wood shavings or straw work well) each time you add your 'greens' (such as fruit waste). The ratio needs to be about 50:50. It takes your compost about a year to rot down, after which you'll need to use it!  Home-made compost is full of nutrients and perfect for beds or tubs around your school.

More information on composting:
Home composting 

Your compost heap should ideally:

  • Be placed in a partially sunny spot to help speed up the process
  • In an area that is well drained to allow water to drain out
  • On soil so that worms can get in and help break down the contents

If you have the bins (click the link below to see how your school can get free compost bins) but you don't know what to do, we can help. The Waste Minimisation Officer or one of our Master Composter volunteers can come out and give a practical demonstration on how to start and maintain your compost system in school. Please email waste@gloucestershire.gov.uk to contact us.

All Gloucestershire schools are able to claim two 330 litre compost bins free of charge.
(Please note that only one request may be submitted per academic year.)

In order to help you get the most from your new bin we recommend that you have a visit from one of our Master Composter volunteers who are able to offer advice about location of the bins, what materials to compost and getting the mixture right to enable your school to compost successfully.

To request bins and a visit please email waste@gloucestershire.gov.uk with the contact details for both yourself and your school. 

 

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