Community composting is growing

The city’s latest community composting scheme has been unveiled at the Level.

The new scheme, set up by Brighton & Hove City Council and the Food Partnership, provides an opportunity for local people living near the park to compost their uncooked vegetable peelings, tea bags, coffee grounds and cardboard.

Residents joining the scheme will be given a free caddy for collecting food waste and training in the basics of composting. The compost produced will be used on flowerbeds at The Level.

Community compost schemes are designed for residents who are unable to compost at home and don't have room for their own compost bin.

Since August 2011 the council has worked with Community Associations, Friends of Groups, community gardening groups and The Brighton and Hove Food Partnership to set up community composting schemes across the city.

As a result, more than 600 households now compost their vegetable peelings, fruits, tea bags, and coffee grounds, cardboard and shredded paper, diverting around 50 tonnes of food waste each year. - the equivalent of around 4 double decker buses in weight!

Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of the council’s environment committee said: “I am pleased that we have been able to work with the Food Partnership and residents living near The Level to set up another community composting scheme for the city.

 “It’s great to see communities coming together to support environmental initiatives and become more sustainable.”

 Anne-Marie Bur of Brighton and Hove Food Partnership added: ‘We are delighted that The Level will now have its own community composting scheme and we welcome its members to the ever-growing number of schemes we support across the city’