North Ayrshire Council offers free compost at various locations

Compost created from food and garden waste across North Ayrshire will be given away free to residents.

Gardeners and growers are invited by North Ayrshire Council’s Waste Services team to collect some compost for their gardens or allotments.

Almost 12,500 tonnes of food and garden waste is collected from North Ayrshire annually. This is recycled into rich compost for plants and vegetables and is made available for use by the council, offered free to residents and donated to local community gardens and allotments.

Adding compost to soil is one of the best ways to increase the health of your garden by helping the soil to absorb nutrients more effectively, retain moisture and develop strong plant roots. Around 70 tonnes of the soil improver will be handed out. It will be loose, so residents will need to take along their own bag and shovel to collect it.

This year’s mainland compost giveaway is taking place on Monday, June 3 from 3pm at Irvine Beach Park car park (near Harbour Pilot House), Stevenston Shore, at the Trelawney Terrace carpark , at the car park behind Kilbirnie Library, Avils Place and at Eglinton Park (at the event field) in Kilwinning.

Individuals can also collect compost on Friday, June 7 from 3pm at the car park at Vikingar, Greenock Road, Largs.

On Arran and Cumbrae the giveaway will take place on Friday, May 31 from 2pm at the Household Waste Recycling Centre, Market Road, Brodick, and Garrison House, Glasgow Street, Millport, along the approach road to the motorhome site.

Compost supplies are limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

The Waste Services team would also like to encourage residents to recycle the Right Stuff in the Right Bin, as otherwise they will be unable to collect it. Doing this helps the Council reduce the £3 million spent sending waste for final disposal.

For more useful recycling information, including how to reduce what you put in your bins and a refresher on the ‘Right Stuff, Right Bin’ guidance, visit here.

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