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Sustainable Food Cities – Leeds

An important message from Sonja Woodcock of Leeds Food Partnership: I’m thrilled to announce that Leeds has been awarded the Sustainable Food Cities Bronze Award! It is a tremendous achievement that demonstrates that a joined-up, strategic approach is being taken to make Leeds’ food system more sustainable.  Leeds Rotters was highlighted during the presentation as […]

Wheelie Hotbin

At the Wheelie Compost Bin workshop last Saturday we attempted to make a hot compost bin out of a wheelie bin and insulation boards that are used to insulate houses. First, a few ventilation / drainage holes were drilled near the bottom of the bin. Because a wheelie bin is not a simple shape it […]

Wheelie good compost bins workshop

It was a wet and windy Saturday afternoon when we gathered under a marquee for a workshop on converting wheelie bins into compost bins. We built around 10 compost bins of varying design based on the design shared on the Instructables website plus we built one hotbin by fastening insulation boards around the outside. The […]

Hotbin wins RHS Chelsea Garden Product o...

Permaculture Magazine have just reported that HOTBIN Composting has been awarded the RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year Award 2019 for the new HOTBIN Mini which has been designed and is manufactured in the UK. I recently purchased the standard HOTBIN and have been impressed by it, I use it to compost our food waste along […]

Wheelie Bin Conversion Day

Do you want to be part of an exciting pilot project to get community composting started in Leeds? Take part in a workshop to learn how to convert damaged wheelie bins into different types of composters. Opportunities to take a composter back to your community to encourage people to compost their food waste. More details […]

ShareWaste Project

Do you have lots of food waste?Don’t have a compost heap? ShareWaste is a project to put people with food waste that would normally just get thrown into a bin into contact with people who compost. This is a great idea because otherwise the food waste would end up in the main waste stream along […]

Timber compost bays

I compost fruit and vegetable waste, including tea bags and egg shells (from my house and the neighbours), grass cuttings and chopped up garden waste. I cover it with flattened cardboard boxes (when these get soggy I tear them up and incorporate into the heap) and top off with some old carpet. Each time I […]

More Daleks!

I’ve made compost in my bins every year for over 30 years. I layer (max 4cm) raw vegetable waste and garden weeds (not persistent ones) with cardboard and ‘brown’ garden waste (max 4cm deep ) and keep it all moist. I never put cooked food waste in. (Don’t really have any as I use up […]

Composting “Daleks”

I didn’t start composting until I had a garden, and then it was predominantly as a means to dispose of food waste rather than nourish plants.  Now that I’m getting more into growing food, I see the real value of compost and am taking more interest, though I’m still very much a novice. After a […]