As the sixth Compost Awareness Week begins today (7th - 13th May 2006) Green Euro MP, Jean Lambert, has urged the UK to think before they bin their rubbish and put their waste into the garden instead of the landfill site.
With over 30 million tonnes of municipal waste produced in the UK every year it is vital that everyone plays a part in reducing the amount of material being sent to landfill. Today London's Green MEP warned that as the Capital faces a summer of droughts and hose-pipe bans composting is more important than ever before; Jean commented; "Composting is an excellent way to manage our biodegradable waste. Not only does it reduce the amount of rubbish going to landfill but improves the soil, cuts the amount of water needed on the garden and reduces harmful liquids and greenhouses gasses produced and ultimately saves us money!
"Over half the contents of our rubbish bins can be re-used, recycled or composted so it's important to really think about what we actually throw away. We can all make this small change to our lives that really will make a big difference to the environment we live in. I hope this week, and the variety of events taking place, people will gain the inspiration and information they need to start composting and really make a difference."
This year compost awareness week, which started in the UK in 2001, will hold a variety of events including the 'Compost Bus', the chance to see composting sites in action and special offers on home composting bins.
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Notes to editors:
Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.