Saturday, July 11, 2009

Kudos to the Council

On holidays, yippee, says one tired teacher! Time to sew, garden and socialise, and rest! Standby for a few more posts on the blog this month.

It’s not often you are moved to give your local council a wrap, but my local Shoalhaven Council certainly deserves one. Over the last few months, the council has been advertising free composting workshops. If you register and attend, you not only get a lesson into how to compost, but you get a free compost bin and a small kitchen bin with a lid to collect your kitchen waste. How about that?

Here’s our shiny new bin, getting to know our current heap.

AM went to a workshop this week (I was at work, alas). He said there were about 50 people there, and it was one of three workshops being held that day. All up, the Council is running series of workshops all around the council area for the next few weeks. We’ve been composting for a while now, so a lot of what was discussed was familiar to AM, but you always pick up a tip or two that helps you improve your practice at these things. For example, we’ve never paid much attention to the nitrogen:carbon ratio, but this was emphasised, so we thought we’d better give this more thought. So now I am using our paper shredder to turn the paper I would recycle into compost bin fodder.

Shoalhaven Council is the first council in Australia to offer a programme like this. If you live in Australia (heck, even if you don’t live in Australia), and you like the sound of this, tell your local council about what Shoalhaven Council is doing. Tell them they will be doing something positive for the environment, and if that doesn’t move them, tell them they may even save a buck or two in developing landfill sites.


littleecofootprints said...

What a great initiative!

Composting is somthing so simple that can make such a difference. I hope the workshops lead to more people composting.

Eilleen said...

That is so cool Paola! I just might have to tell my local government about this. Have fun composting!

Paola said...

Tricia, yes I hope all the attendees go home and put into practice what they learn too.
Eilleen, welcome to S & S and thanks for leaving a comment. I've enjoyed your blog for a while now and am in awe of your frugal decorating abilities...