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Veolia and West Berkshire Council organise compost give-away

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There will be a compost give-away event later this month where West Berkshire residents will be able to pick up locally produced soil conditioner for free.

Organised by Veolia in partnership with West Berkshire Council, the waste management company is giving away soil conditioner on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 between 10am and 4pm at the Padworth Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF).

The compost is produced at Padworth from garden waste collected across the district and residents will be able to collect some for free this weekend.

West Berkshire residents will be able to pick up some compost this weekend
West Berkshire residents will be able to pick up some compost this weekend

Councillor Steve Ardagh-Walter (Con, Thatcham Colthrop & Crookham), West Berkshire Council’s executive member for the environment, said: “We are very excited to work with Veolia on this initiative to offer soil conditioner free of charge to our residents at this event.

“As spring is here, with the hope of good weather ahead, many residents will be wanting to get out in their gardens, vegetable patches or allotments to feed their plants and crops.

“We are grateful to all of our residents who are conscientiously doing their bit to recycle as much as they can as this helps the environment by reducing waste and reducing our carbon footprint. We hope this gesture goes a small way in offering our thanks to create a reusable product.”

Those interested in getting their hands on some compost should come along to the give-away with their own containers to load up with it. No booking is necessary and the soil conditioner will be available on a first come, first served basis.

West Berkshire residents should bring along an ID or a recently dated bill to prove they do live within the district.

General manager at Veolia West Berkshire Sara Perry said: “We take garden waste collected from residents across West Berkshire and create a soil conditioner which is certified as organic and peat-free, so it reduces pressure on peat bogs.

“It is rich in nutrients and trace elements that puts goodness back into your soil to help your garden grow and flourish. We're delighted to be able to offer this excellent product free to local residents as part of this exciting event."

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