Lord Mayor urges residents to ‘get creative’ to manage household waste
27 Mar 2020
The Lord Mayor of Belfast has appealed to residents to consider composting to help manage their kitchen and garden waste during the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier this week, Belfast City Council announced it was temporarily suspending the collection of blue and brown bins to focus resources on collection of black bins only.
Lord Mayor Councillor Daniel Baker said: “I know that these temporary measures have caused some concern for residents but I’ve been encouraged by the overwhelming support that has been shown for our workers. These are exceptional circumstances and maintaining an operation of the size and scale of our waste collection service, serving 155,000 homes across the city, was always going to be challenging.
“But I can assure people - these measures are temporary and we are reviewing everything daily. In the meantime, I’m hoping we can all try to get creative when it comes to managing our household waste. One of the ways we can manage the waste that would usually go into our brown bins is to compost.
“I know this won’t be an option for everyone but for those who do have gardens or a suitable outside space, I would encourage them to take a look at the handy guide on our website and give it a go. If you’ve kids at home, it’s also a great way of getting them involved in learning about the environment and nature.”
To get people started, Belfast City Council has put a simple step by step guide on its website www.belfastcity.gov.uk/composting
You don’t have to have a special composting bin – any large container will do; or you can even do it without a container and create a compost heap in a corner of your garden or back yard.
Councillor Baker added: “Not only will composting help us manage our kitchen and garden waste while our services are under pressure, it’s also great for the environment and will mean you’ll end up with your own supply of nutrient-rich, free fertiliser for your garden and plant pots.
“During this time when we are staying home it’s so important that we all try our best to look after our mental health and if you are lucky enough to have a garden or outside space, pottering among nature is a great way of switching off and escaping the constant stream of news. And if you are going for a walk with your family, I would remind people again that it is crucial to stick to the social distancing advice and stay safe.
“We are all in this together and it has never been more important for us to pull together as a community and support each other.”