New guides to 'eco-friendly' compostLearn which products contain recycled materials

19 April 2008

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Two new guides have been launched to help inform gardeners who want to use composts and soil conditioners containing recycled garden materials.

Several leading brands of compost now contain recycled garden materials.

These can include grass cuttings, leaves and shrub prunings that have been collected from homeowners.

This then benefits the environment as the recycled garden waste ends up back in the garden and not in landfill.

Landfill

The guides aim to help consumers select the right compost for the right gardening job, whilst at the same time choosing composts which are beneficial to the environment because they contain recycled materials.

The guides have been put out by the Know Your Compost Campaign and can be downloaded online.

The first guide covers peat-free compost, and contains details of peat-free products, including potting composts, soil conditioners and mulches, that are available from retailers nationwide.

Recycled material

The second publication is the ‘Regional Soil Conditioner Buying Guide’. 

It contains a full list of producers of soil conditioners made from locally sourced recycled garden material.

Richard Gianfrancesco, head of research at Gardening Which?, said: 'These guides are a great idea. Council collections of householder garden waste is now widespread, but up until now it has not been easy for gardeners to find out where to buy the resulting compost.

'In a previous Gardening Which? trial, council-recycled garden waste proved to be an excellent soil conditioner. Spread it over the soil to a depth of around 5cm for the best and most long-lasting effect.

'One note of caution however, not all potting and container composts that contain recycled garden materials perform as well as they should. To make sure your containers and baskets look good this year, be sure to choose one of the .'