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Schools and communities reaping the benefits of green waste

Date: 24 Mar 2022


Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Kate Nicholl and Alex Bradley enjoyed some planting today (Thursday 24 March) in the garden of Victoria Nursery School using free compost provided by the Council.

Food and garden waste generated by households and businesses is being used to create green oases for schools and communities across Belfast, thanks to a council initiative.

Food and garden waste generated by households and businesses is being used to create green oases for schools and communities across Belfast, thanks to a council initiative.

Belfast City Council has teamed up with local supplier Natural World Products and is inviting schools, charities, and community groups to apply for free bags of high-quality compost to be used in school or community gardens, window boxes or vegetable patches.

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Kate Nicholl said: “This is such a lovely example of the circular economy in action. To know that the green waste we generate is quite literally going back into our communities and helping to create these lovely little pockets of green across our city, is such a worthwhile initiative.

“It demonstrates just how important recycling our food and garden waste is, and I think as ratepayers it’s encouraging to know that we are contributing to our circular economy in a very meaningful way. It’s lovely to see little ones learning about the environment and planting out their school garden.

“I would encourage as many schools and community groups as possible to get involved and sign up for free compost.”

All schools, charities and community groups within the Belfast City Council area can apply for up to three 1,000 litre bags of compost.

The bags will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Victoria Nursery School in North Belfast have already benefitted from the programme.

Nursery Principal, Orla McAllister, said: “We were very excited when the compost arrived, and the children were thrilled to know that this was the product of their food recycling.

“The children and their parents enjoyed filling our large planters and pots with the compost and new plants. The children now have great access to green areas to explore and investigate nature. This project has greatly enhanced the local environment and improved the health and wellbeing of our school community.”

For more information and to apply, visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/compost-giveaway

For more information on Natural World Products, visit website www.naturalworldproducts.com

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