Free compost offer for Roe Valley residents

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Residents from across the Limavady area are once again invited to avail of the annual Council sponsored ‘free’ compost event.

This is the first year the offer has been made available under the new Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council banner. In previous years, it was a Limavady Borough Council delivered initiative.

The local peat free compost is available - free of charge - to residents who call to either of the council recycling centres - Ballyquin Road in Limavady or Chapel Road in Dungiven.

To raise awareness of composting and to thank local residents for their commitment to council resource management activities, council are offering the compost to anyone who visits their recycling centres.

Commencing on Wednesday 22nd April, pre bagged compost can be picked up - one for each customer - at the Limavady and Dungiven facilities for one week on a first come first served basis.

Customers can also bring their own trailers or bags, but in order to fairly share this resource, only the equivalent of one garden bag per customer will be issued.

To give some idea of the importance of local composting, in excess of 775 tonnes of green garden materials were collected last year in the former Limavady Borough. All of this material was used to produce compost.

The “Brown Gold” compost on offer is one of the most natural growing media for all types of plants, fruit and vegetables. Produced naturally and without damage to bog-land, peat free compost contains the necessary nutrients to grow and feed a wide variety of plant-life.

The council supplied compost is produced locally at Letterloan, close to Coleraine town and its benefits are many and varied.

Local people employed at the facility manage the process to ensure the product is up to the industry standard Compost Quality Protocol. The source materials, namely grass, leaves, twigs, and branches etc are all collected from local residents as “waste”.

A spokesman for Technical Services in the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Limavady Office said: “We again thank local residents for their endeavours to reduce waste and hope this offer will encourage everyone to continue their good work on protecting our ecological systems and efficiently managing all of the resources we consume.”

For further information, please contact the Waste Management Officer at Limavady Technical Services Department on 028 777 60305.