I, Jackie Morton, promise to compost my kitchen and garden waste
Potential savings could be 657,000 Crucible snooker balls full of CO2 and £15 per year
Advice to help you fulfil your promise
Want to start composting?
Did you know that almost two thirds of the food thrown away in Sheffield could have been composted? By composting for just one year you can save the equivalent to all the CO2 produced by your kettle in a year.
To find out how to compost and to take advantage of special offers on compost bins for Sheffield folk, visit the Sheffield Get Composting website.
Why avoid purchasing soil enriching composts?
Many soil enriching composts purchased in the UK contain peat. Peat is extracted from the ground of fragile environments that are home to a wide variety of plants and animals, destroying the habitats of many rare or endangered species.
The mining process of peat extraction also produces lots of carbon emissions. Peat lands contain one of the world's most important carbon stores, when they're drained the carbon is released back into the atmosphere where it contributes to global warming. This is why using peat in gardens releases a million tonnes of CO2 every year. Removing it from composts and grow-bags would cut those emissions at a stroke and would be the same as taking about 350,000 cars off the road.
Amateur gardeners are by far the biggest users of peat, using over 2 million cubic metres each year in the UK. It seems that many gardeners often don't realise the damage that peat extraction causes or that the compost they're buying contains peat.
The material produced as a result of home composting can help reduce our reliance on peat in the garden and dramatically reduce our carbon footprint.
Some Curious Composting Facts
- 35% of households now compost
- Every year in the UK, we landfill enough garden waste to fill the Royal Albert Hall 70 times over
- Almost two thirds of the food thrown away in Sheffield could have been composted
- When biodegradable waste such as vegetables, fruit, teabags, garden waste and paper decompose in a landfill site, the lack of oxygen cause them to produce methane - a greenhouse gas that is roughly 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide
- Composting at home for just one year can save global warming gases equivalent to all the CO2 your kettle produces annually, or your washing machine produces in three months
- WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) estimate that a compost bin will 'process' 220kg of food and garden waste per year.
- In Sheffield, the city’s waste that isn’t recycled or reused is used as fuel to create heat for buildings in the city. It is also used to generate electricity which is sold to the National Grid
- It is Sheffield City Council policy to not use peat and to avoid buying plants growing in peat based compost
Reducing Waste in Sheffield - help, advice and information
In Sheffield, the city council wants to do 3 main things with waste:
- Reduce the city’s waste
- Help Sheffield residents and businesses to recycle
- Minimise Sheffield’s waste that goes to landfill
Home composting will help achieve these goals!
Do you want to be first in line to get the chance to take part in new home composting trial schemes? Would you like to encourage others to get involved in recycling? If you said yes to either of these questions you could be a Recycling Champion. Join Veolia's Recycling Champions club today to receive regular information and updates about recycling in the city, get actively involved and have your say on recycling issues.
Did you know Sheffield is powered by recycled waste?
Sheffield has an Energy Recovery plant in operation. Energy Recovery means that the wastes which are not sent for recycling or re-use can still be of value in the form of converting the waste into heat and electricity.
This district energy network in Sheffield is one of the largest and most successful in the UK. There are 43km of pipeline installed across the city centre reaching Netherthorpe, Western Bank, the Heart of the City, Park Hill and Norfolk Park. The network map shows the extent of the network and highlights which areas are lucky enough to benefit from district energy. You can find out more about this system on Veolia website.
How's Sheffield doing?
Promises made by the people of Sheffield have the potential to save 528,972 kg of CO2 per year.
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