Suffolk Waste Partnership – Free compost, free advice and cheap bins to help green fingered residents

As part of International Compost Awareness Week (Sunday 5 May to Sunday 12 May), the Suffolk Waste Partnership is supporting several initiatives aiming to help residents get composting.


Not only will there be free compost and composting advice from Master Composter Volunteers, there will also be the launch of this year’s low cost compost bin promotion.


To coincide with late night opening at Recycling Centres on Thursdays, site staff will be giving away a free 25 litre bag of compost to visitors to any of the 11 sites – between 2pm and 7pm on Thursday 9 May.


Loose soil improver will also be given away for free at one further event. Those attending will need to bring a spade and bags to collect it:


Sunday 5 May, 9am to 3pm (or until stocks last)

·     Needham Market Lake, Mill Meadow side Needham Market


Suffolk’s Master Composter Volunteers will also be hosting a number of ‘Composting Clinics’ during the week, to help residents learn how to compost at home and provide free trouble-shooting advice, on the following dates:

Monday 6 May, 11am to 4pm

  • Spring Wood Day 2019, Spring Wood, Bobbits Lane, Ipswich.


Wednesday 8 May & Friday 10 May, all 11.30am to 2pm:


  • Endeavour House Atrium, Suffolk County Council, Ipswich, IP1 2BX

Sunday 12 May:


  • South Suffolk Show, Ampton Racecourse, Ingham, Bury St Edmunds (on A134), 9am to 5pm
  • Foxburrow Farm May Fair, Foxburrow Farm, Melton, IP12 1NA, 11am to 4pm


For those interested in making their own compost, the Suffolk Waste Partnership is also launching the fourth year of its successful compost bin promotion, which helps residents buy compost bins and other food digesters at discounted prices. Prices start from only £9.49 for compost bins and £9.99 for food digester systems.


On average, more than a third of the contents of Suffolk’s rubbish bins could easily be composted at home. Each household in Suffolk could compost 150kg of organic material a year, turning this waste into free soil improver.


Rob Cole, Suffolk Waste Partnership Manager, said: “Compost Awareness Week is a great time to learn about the many benefits of composting at home.


“It’s the cheapest and most environmentally friendly way to deal with organic waste as it requires no transport or processing. Our events and discounted offers are also a great opportunity to get involved, learn more and discover a range of composting systems that hopefully suit most resident’s needs and budget.”


For details of all the discounted items available to Suffolk households through the offer, and to order, please visit or call 0844 571 4444. Order leaflets for discounted compost bins will be available at all events listed. Further details on Compost Awareness Week activities please visit