Published on 17th February 2011

19 and 20 February, 11-3pm at Swindon Road Recycling centre.

Local residents can find out more about the benefits of home composting this weekend at the Swindon Road recycling centre. From 11am until 3pm on Saturday and Sunday, volunteers or 'master composters' as they are known, will be on hand to offer tips and answer questions.

Master composters are volunteers who encourage people in their local community to start composting at home, and offer support to people who are already home composting and may be having difficulties or need encouragement.  As part of a nationwide scheme, master composters are trained in composting so that they can give talks, offer demonstrations and write articles to educate and encourage the local community.

Rob Bell, assistant director for operations said:  ''Composting offers considerable benefits to the environment and it's so easy to do.  It's thanks to the dedication of the composting volunteers that we are able to hold this event - I hope local residents will call by to find out more.''

One of the master composters added:  "Home composting is easy, saves you money and is good for the environment too. I am looking forward to meeting the residents of Cheltenham and answering their questions.''

Local residents are reminded that that they can purchase compost bins for as little as £12, a price which is fixed only until the end of March. Just visit or call 0844 571 4444.

 A photographer is welcome to attend the event

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