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City-dweller? 5 Reasons YOU Should Care About Compost

Time 3 min read · May 13, 2019

By Shirley Swift

City-dweller? 5 Reasons YOU Should Care About Compost


City-dweller? 5 reasons YOU should care about compost and you might think that if you’ve no garden, no spare-time, or maybe no desire whatsoever to get green-fingered, then compost isn’t anything to do with you but that’s where you’re wrong: compost is relevant for everyone, and it’s worth celebrating. 

Food is NOT Safe for Landfill


Garbage pail of old food, fruit and veg peelings

You might think that if something is biodegradable, it’s safe to throw into general waste. But no! In landfill, these substances don’t have access to enough oxygen and release dangerous methane when they break down. That’s why it’s essential that all food waste is recycled safely and turned into compost by the council via your food caddy.

You Don’t Need A Garden


View from a city apartment

Home-composting is great if you have the space and the time (and any use for compost) but this certainly isn’t where composting ends! Where there’s food, there can be compost. You can put ALL food waste (except liquids and fat) into your food caddy. Then the council takes it away, recycles it, and makes compost that’s used to grow all sorts of things that impact on your life. And no work for you. Easy peasy.

Recycling Food Saves Money

small plants growing on piles of coins that increase

small plants growing on piles of coins that increase

It costs £50 LESS per tonne to recycle food waste and make compost than to send it to landfill. In Northern Ireland, that means making full use of food caddies could save your council roughly £6 MILLION per year! Money that could be spent on other essentials, like improving public services. And it’s just a matter of which bin you put your peelings in.

Container of domestic food waste, ready to be collected by the recycling truck

Container of domestic food waste

Composting Keeps Things Neat

Lots of people make the mistake of thinking that separating your food waste is messier than just throwing everything into one binbag. Actually, it saves time and improves your kitchen experience. It’s much easier to have a small, mobile caddy at the ready when you’re preparing food. AND using your caddy can really reduce bin-stink! The bad smell of your general waste bin usually comes from rotting food. By putting food waste into a caddy for compost that you empty regularly, you stop this stench building up.

You Local Park Needs You

A park full of flowers

A park full of flowers

You may not have a garden of your own, but you have your local park. Parks are shared by everyone, and recent studies have shown that these little patches of nature are really important for good mental health. And its YOUR food waste that maintains them.
That’s right, when you recycle food via your food caddy you’re helping to grow those Spring flowers that cheered you up that morning on your way to work, or the grass that your dog runs around on, or your kids play football on, or the tree you sit under to eat your lunch… You’re more involved than you think, so take pride in compost and use your food caddy.

Compost is worth celebrating, no matter where you live. And the easiest way for you to get composting is to use your FOOD CADDY. If you are in any doubt or don’t have a caddy, just contact your local council. Here are some guidelines for what to put in… as you can see, it’s so simple!


International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW)

5th to 11th May 2019

As many gardeners know composting is a great way to turn food and garden waste back into plant food. It’s also great for the environment adding nutrients to soil, reducing the need for chemical fertilisers, producing helpful bacteria that break down organic waste and cut greenhouse gas emissions from landfill sites.

The Greatest List, Food waste

If your rubbish bin is overflowing with leftovers, vegetable peelings, and tea bags, why not put it on a diet? It’s easy to do. Recycling your food waste instead of putting it in the bin only takes a little effort and is an easy way to help protect the environment and save your local council money they can spend on local services.


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We hope, you’ll share our passion for the environment and want to do something to give the planet a helping hand yourself. We want to inspire you to get curious about and get involved with actions that will be good for nature, our local habitats and species, for ourselves and ultimately for our planet.

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