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A new scheme to help Edinburgh residents make good compost in their own gardens was launched today in the City Chambers. Run by the Lothian and Edinburgh Environmental Partnership (LEEP), the Master Composter project recruits volunteers from across the City, who then receive training in effective home composting. Following the training, these volunteers promote composting within their own communities and provide a friendly and local source of advice for new composters.

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the City of Edinburgh Council, LEEP's newest project aims to encourage as many people as possible in Edinburgh to take up home composting.


Speaking at the launch, Cllr Robert Cairns, Executive Member for Environmental Services, said: "The Council wants to reduce the amount of waste produced in Edinburgh and encouraging home composting is a great way of doing this. The Master Composter Programme has enjoyed success all over the UK and I'm sure it will be the same here in Edinburgh. It is a great initiative that involves people and communities and I am sure will encourage many more people to start home composting.

"Home composting is a great way of recycling waste that would normally end up in a landfill site and has two added benefits. First the compost produced can be used in the garden in a variety of ways, such as mulch, soil conditioner and potting mix. Second by using home compost there will also be a reduction in the use of peat-based compost and valuable peat bogs can be saved too."

Any Edinburgh resident who is interested in becoming a volunteer should contact LEEP tel: 0131 538 5381 or email: mastercomposter@leep.org.uk






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