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WRAP COMPOST BUS TOUR IS BLOOMING BEAUTIFUL

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WRAP COMPOST BUS TOUR IS BLOOMING BEAUTIFUL

WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme) is celebrating the success of the Compost Bus tour, which attracted over 800 visitors during Compost Awareness Week (1 7 May 2005).

The open-top double-decker bus visited towns, cities, retail parks and
gardens throughout the country encouraging people to unearth their 'greener' side by recycling their garden waste and buying reduced peat and peat-free compost.

The eye-catching vehicle, boasted an impressive roof top garden, which featured a wide range of flowers and
shrubs in window boxes, tubs and hanging baskets planted in peat-free compost, and garden furniture made from recycled materials.

The lower deck housed an exhibition/
information centre where visitors could see the transformation process for kitchen and garden waste, such as fruit and vegetable peeling, grass cuttings, prunings and leaves into high quality compost by using a home compost bin or council collection and recycling service.

Part of Recycle Now, the national recycling campaign for England, the Compost Bus is just one of the activities which aims to raise awareness of what can be made using our garden waste.

Trelawney Dampney, Chairman of The Composting Association, comments: "Compost Awareness Week was an ideal time for people to find out more about their options of being greener in the garden. This was a fantastic opportunity to meet people face to face and provide helpful tips and advice about home compost and using composts containing recycled materials."

UK compost facts:
over the last two years, the number of recycling centres collecting garden waste has increased by 49% (from 218 to 325)1;
the amount of waste composted has increased by just under 20 % (from 1.66 million tonnes to 1.97 million tonnes)1;
the quantity of garden waste collected from the kerbside has more than doubled and now accounts for 21% of household waste composted1 and;
one in three households in England say they compost at home2.

A recent UK-wide survey3 reveals that many gardeners are already making good use of their garden waste, with 42% of people recycling through council schemes and 34% making their own compost. But 23% felt their lack of knowledge of how to be more environmentally friendly in the garden was holding them back.

For more
information on home composting, buying reduced-peat and peat-free compost and general garden and home recycling tips visit www.recyclenow.comor to learn more about WRAP, see www.wrap.org.uk.
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